Message from Mary -
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and are keeping safe and warm in the beautiful winter snow here in Flagstaff. As the new year approaches, I am filled with anticipation for what 2023 will bring and am hopeful it will offer energizing and inspiring times for us all. 

Here at MNA we're excited to be heading into the new year with a wonderful new exhibition - Vast Lands, Inner Visions: The Art of Joella Jean Mahoney - and lots of great ideas for 2023. We worked hard in 2022 to complete a new plan for MNA, and we will begin implementing it in earnest is 2023. You can find more information about that here:

We have a full program of events and activities throughout the year, including talks, tours of the Collections Center, the Heritage Festival, and much more. The deadline for our Jr. Indigenous Art Contest is coming up fast. I would ask you to encourage any young Indigenous artists you may know to apply, using the link in this message. It's easy to enter and their art will be featured online, plus they can win art supplies. 

We are able to continue engaging local, regional and global audiences with life-enriching knowledge and experiences because of contributions from people like you. The work we do is made possible through this generous support. Please consider making a gift to the museum as part of your end-of-year giving.

Finally, our holiday hours. We will be closed Sunday January 1, then open as usual on Monday Jan. 2. Thank you for your involvement with the museum, and I hope to see you here soon. With all good wishes for a healthy and happy 2023,

Mary Kershaw
Executive Director & CEO
Museum of Northern Arizona
Mark your new 2023 calendar with the upcoming museum events. We've set dates for the summer Heritage Festival, spring and fall open houses, Thirsty Thursdays, and much more. Remember to also check the museum website for details or changes to events and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
The Museum Giftshop will be closed for inventory on Jan. 9, but is always open online, where you can find pottery, jewelry, baskets, books and fine art, like this painting, "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Diné artist Al Bahe. Bahe lives and paints in Shonto, AZ and shares aspects of his culture through his art, particularly the Navajo Yei figures. Every purchase at the Museum Giftshop supports the artists and MNA. the artists.
Deadline January 18, 2023
Young Native artists from the Colorado Plateau are invited to enter the Junior Indigenous Art Exhibition and Competition. Entries into this virtual art competition will be juried in two age groups- Youth (ages 12 and under) or Young Adult (ages 13 to 18).
Email entries to by 5pm, January 18th, 2023
Gene Foster and the Glen Canyon Project
Jan. 15, 2 pm
Historian Suan Olberding and MNA’s Archaeology Division Director Kim Spur introduce Gene Field Foster, an artist whose unique relationship with MNA led her to record archaeological sites in Glen Canyon in 1952. The resulting photographs are stunning from an artistic perspective and important scientific records of sites that were later submerged. More than sixty years later these photographic records informed the work of MNA archaeologists re-documenting sites in Glen Canyon. 
Tour the Easton Collection Center
$10 MNA members/$15 non-members
Join MNA docents for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s collections inside the Platinum LEED certified, architectural masterpiece Easton Collection Center. Home to more than 800,000 objects, the ECC tour will enhance visitors’ understanding of the Native cultures of the Colorado Plateau and MNA’s role in research and conservation.
This exhibition presents key paintings by the artist, who is one of the most important female artists of the Southwest, Mahoney’s art career spanned 66 years, from her roots in the abstract expressionism of the 1950s to her role as a mentor and master artist with a distinctive style that bridges realism and abstraction. Read about it in this recent Arizona Daily Sun article.
MNA Archaeologists in Glen Canyon
From 1957-1963, MNA archaeologists were part of a multi-year project to record the human history of Glen Canyon before a dam flooded 153,000 acres, creating Lake Powell. At the time everyone expected these archaeological sites would be destroyed forever, but recently MNA archaeologists returned on another multi-year project to reassess the sites they could reach. This new exhibition looks at both projects and the responsibility we all share to protect the past.
Bursting with color, this retrospective exhibit presents the full spectrum of art by Baje Whitethorne Sr., a visual storyteller acclaimed for his colorful paintings full of life and energy. Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation, his art often depicts the landscape around his family home near Shonto and the harmony of the Navajo way of life. Click here to watch Baje explain the meaning behind the title of his exhition.
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