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Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 18: Monty Claw and Family

With years of experience in multiple art forms, Navajo artist Monty Claw is a successful artist in many media. He is from Gallup, New Mexico, where he still resides with his family.

Monty is self-taught, and he briefly studied at The Institute of American Indian Arts. He currently works in jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, beadwork, and feather fan making. Monty has been featured in many publications, including The Smithsonian (NMAI) Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine.

Monty’s work is recently sought after by prominent collectors, museum board members, and major curators. You can find his art in museum collections around the globe, such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Denver Art Museum, The Sam Noble Museum, and Musée du quai Branly in Paris, France.

Monty’s jewelry includes works in silver and gold, occasionally set with precious stones and gems, like turquoise, coral, and diamonds. His stunning creations are of the highest quality, with artistic creativity, fine detail work, and a depth of design and sculptural definition that makes them come to life.

With the support of his family and peers, he continues to explore jewelry and metalsmithing, with a vision of his creating a path for his stories in the form of art. Though Monty only became a jeweler in 2011, he has been fortunate to take home awards from distinguished events like the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, and the Cherokee Art Market.

With the knowledge and experience he has accrued, and growth through his successes and challenges, Monty continues to evolve into one of today’s groundbreaking artists!