1967 Born, Zuni, NM, USA
Currently lives and works in Santa Fe
 
EDUCATION
1989 Beginning of ceramic studies with mentor, Dextra Quotskuyva, Polacca, AZ
1992 BA Design, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
 
EXHIBITIONS (Selected)
2010 The Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection of Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Generations: The Helen Cox Kersting Collection of Southwestern Cultural Arts, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Marti’s Choice, Martha Hopkins Struever, Santa Fe, NM
Les Namingha and Maria Zamora, SOFA West, Santa Fe, NM
Les Namingha: Transformation, Case Trading Post, Wheelwright Museum,Santa Fe, NM
Les Namingha: New Works, Blue Rain Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ
2009 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe
Marti’s Choice, Martha Hopkins Struever, Santa Fe, NM
SOFA New York, New York, NY
Double Vision: Reinterpretation of a Classic Zuni Jar, King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Native American Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
2008 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe
SOFA New York, New York, NY
SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
King Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL
Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Breaking the Mold: The Virginia Vogel Mattern Collection of Contemporary Native American Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
2006 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Dualities: Nathan Begaye, Les Namingha, Dusty Naranjo, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004 Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The Collecting Passions of Dennis and Janis Lyons, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
The Morgan Collection of Southwest Pottery, Holmes Museum of Anthropology, Wichita State Museum, Wichita, KS
2002 Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
New Classics, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2001 Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Hold Everything: Masterworks of Basketry and Pottery, Heard Museum,
Phoenix, AZ
Painted Perfection: The Pottery of Dextra Quotskuyva, Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Dextra Quotskuyva and Family, Martha Hopkins Struever, Santa Fe, NM
Blue Rain Gallery 2001, Kass/Meridian Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Traditions Transformed, Spencer Art Museum, Kansas City, MO
Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Blue Rain Gallery 2000, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
Pathways: Explorations in Native American Culture, Transamerica Pyramid Lobby, San Francisco, CA
1999 Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Blue Rain Gallery, Taos, NM
Reinventing Traditions, Adobe East Gallery, Summit, NJ
Pottery and Paintings by Les Namingha, Faust Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 Face of Clay, Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Natives in the Mainstream, Gallery 10, Santa Fe, NM
Succeeding Generations, Faust Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Emerging Artists, Gallery 10, Scottsdale, AZ
1996 Robert Nichols Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
The Nampeyo Legacy Continues, Martha Hopkins Struever, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Hopi Potters, Steve Lucas and Les Namingha, Southwest Trading Company, Chicago, IL
The Nampeyo Legacy: The Art of Five Generations of a Renown Tewa-Hopi Family, Martha Hopkins Struever, Santa Fe, NM
1994 Images of Faith, Native American Art, Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT
Crow Canyon Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
Lavena Ohl Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1993 Crow Canyon Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
1992 Steve Lucas and Les Namingha, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL
 
COLLECTIONS
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Holmes Museum, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Hallmark Collections and Archives, Kansas City, MO
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, UT
The School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM
 
SELECTED PRESS
Kennedy, Tom R., “Zuni Artists Speak Out-Softly”, Trend Art, Design, Architecture, Spring/Summer 2011, Vol. 12, issue 1, pp. 154-158
Fauntleroy, Gussie, “Stretching Boundaries”, Southwest Art, August 2009, Vol. 39, No. 3, cover, pp. 96-99
Thompson, Erin Kinnard, “The Pottery of Les Namingha: The Evolution of a Legacy”, Focus/Santa Fe, August/September 2008, pp. 18-21
Watson, Margaret, “Double Vision”, Taos Magazine, August 2003, cover, pp. 12-15
Glosband, Merrily, “Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery”, April 2002, pg. 66
Dittemore, Diane, “The Nampeyo Legacy”, Southwest Art, August 2001, cover, pp. 182-183
Gangelhoff, Bonnie, “Living a Legacy”, Southwest Art, April 1999, pp. 52-56
Brown, Margaret, “Artist to Watch”, Southwest Art, January 1998
 
PUBLICATIONS
Nottage, James H., Generations: The Helen Cox Kersting Collection of Southwest Cultural Arts, University of Oklahoma Press, 2010
Maurer, Sherry C., The Olson-Brandelle North American Indian Art Collection, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 2010
Leonard, Glen, Les Namingha Oral History Transcript, Charles Redd Center For Western Studies, Brigham Young University, 2009
Bullis, Douglas, 100 Artist of the Southwest, Shiffer Publishing, 2006
Touchette, Charleen, NDN Art, Fresco Fine Art Publishing, 2003
McFadden, David R. and Taubman, Ellen N., Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 1, Merrell/American Craft Museum, 2002
Struever, Martha, Painted Perfection: The Pottery of Dextra Quotskuyva, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2001
Rushing III, W. Jackson, Native American Art in the Twentieth Century, Routledge, 1999
Jacka, Jerry and Lois, Art of the Hopi: Contemporary Journeys on Ancient Pathways, Northland Publishing, 1998
Schaaf, Gregory, Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies, CIAC Press, 1998
Oman, Richard G., Images of Faith: Art of the Latter-Day Saints, Deseret Book, 1995
Dillingham, Rick, Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery, University of New Mexico Press, 1994