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Artist lecture with Allison Snowhawk & Trent Lee


- CA Room 30: Visiting Artist Lecture- Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at noon in room CA30 in the Greenhill Center of the Arts on the UW-Whitewater campus.Award winning Navajo Silversmiths Allison Snowhawk Lee and son Trent Lee will present a public illustrated lecture about their art. The art of adorning the body is as old as humans and the making of jewelry is the second oldest profession in the world. Allison Snowhawk Lee and Trent Lee are a father and son team of silversmiths. Allison was born in the heart of the Navajo homeland, in the spring of 1958, Allison Snowhawk Lee attended boarding school until 8th grade. Lee is the last name given to him by the boarding school because they couldn't pronounce, spell, or translate his Navajo name; Snowhawk is his grandmother's name. Allison became involved in silversmithing in a high school art class, making his first simple jewelry pieces at age 12. When he was 14 years old his mother asked him to remove the last stone from an old turquoise brooch and make her a ring with it. Being able to combine old and new into something beautiful gave him a metaphysical sense of bridging generations, connecting him to his heritage and at the same time launching him a lifelong career as a silversmith. During his high school years, Allison focused on gaining as much information as possible while apprenticing with many master silversmiths. In 1977 he won the “Most Artistic” award in a class of 160 students. Since that time Allison has been published in numerous books and fashion magazines, his work is collected globally and he is considered to be one of the greatest American Silversmiths.Allison is continuing the apprenticeship tradition by passing on his knowledge to his three sons. Trent Lee is a rising star and was just awarded his own space at the upcoming Indian Market at the Heard Museum, where he was an award winner last year.

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