THE INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 BOB CHAVEZ SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE ARTS RECIPIENT

ELIZABETH LUKEE OF ACOMA PUEBLO RECEIVES $2500 AWARD

Albuquerque, NM (September 23, 2021) – Elizabeth Lukee (Acoma Pueblo) is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts. The $2,500 Scholarship was established in 2018 to honor Manuel “Bob” Chavez of Cochiti Pueblo who was a volunteer art teacher for 50 years at St. Catherine’s Indian School.

The journey of Chavez’s dedication to his students began when he was prisoner of war during the Bataan Death March. On a particularly bleak day, Chavez made a promise to the Creator that he would devote his life to helping St. Catherine’s students if he survived the harrowing ordeal.

Many Native students were able to explore Native Arts in Mr. Chavez’s classroom, and the Scholarship continues his legacy of encouraging Native students to create art.

This year’s recipient, Elizabeth Lukee, is pursuing a degree in Studio Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Silversmithing is one of Elizabeth’s’ passions, and she is traditionally conscientious with what she creates, which helps her as a guide ensuring her art is ethically and traditionally appropriate. Elizabeth’s goal is to set up her own studio to make pieces for her people.