Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, of Picuris Pueblo and Navajo heritage, is the matriarch of an extraordinarily talented family of artists that includes Major Jerry E. Gaussoin Jr, David Gaussoin, Wayne Nez Gaussoin, and Tazbah Gaussoin all of whom are nationally respected for their skills as jewelers and artists.
An experienced educator, Connie has won major awards for the quality of her work and is included in the collections of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the School of American Research, the Milicent Rodgers Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Man. Her jewelry is a personal statement that reflects her Navajo heritage, Pueblo traditions, and the development of new inspirations, both in traditional and contemporary designs that have made her one of the leading Native artists in the country.
In addition to her creative jewelry, this remarkable lady has been: a jewelry judge for the SWAIA Indian Market; a juror for the SWAIA Fellowship Program; a judge for the Selection Committee; a grant recipient in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe. Also, a New Mexico State Fair Commissioner; a Regent for the Museums’ of NM; a Board member on the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA); and on the Santa Fe Opera Board, the New Mexico Film Museum Board; and a member of the White Buffalo Board, Picuris Pueblo Enterprise/Hotel Santa Fe Partnership.