I have learned the secret of the stone through my cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, my work shows pride for the Pueblo culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. I have chosen stone as my medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. I feel the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits me to express myself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect an revere as embodied in the stone.
Since 1974, when I created my first stone sculpture, I have created a significant body of work that keeps evolving with new influences and new interests. My sculptures are featured in such public locations as the National Statuary Hall in the Nation's CapitolAlbuquerque International Airport and in permanent collections throughout the country. He has been included in major invitational exhibitions and one-man shows in leading museums and galleries and has earned highest honors and awards for his sculptures.
- Pietrasanta Stone Workshop - Pietrasanta, Italy, 1987
- San Francisco Art Institute - San Francisco, California, 1974
- Institute of American Indian Arts - Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1973-1975
- Sculpture Instructor, Southwest Stone Carving Symposium, Jemez Springs, New Mexico 1996-2015.
- Sculpture Instructor, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Education, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1995.
- Art Education Director, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Education, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1995.
- Special Projects Coordinator, Pueblo of Jemez Dept. of Tourism, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1993-1994
- Owner, Singing Stone Studio, Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico 1979 - ongoing.
- Best of Show; Cherokee Festival of Native People, Cherokee, NC 2009
- Indian Artist of the Year Award; Indian Arts & Crafts Association 2005
- Best of Division, First Award; Heard Museum Indian Market, Phoenix, AZ 2005
- Recognition of Achievement Award; Eight Northern Indian PueblosArts & Crafts Board 2001
- Po'pay Commission; Sculpture Commission to represent the State of New Mexico in the NationalStatuary Hall at the US Capitol in Washington DC; 2000
- First Award - Floor Sculpture Category, First Award - Table Sculpture Category; Indian Arts & Crafts Association Show; Albuquerque, NM 1999
- Best of Show; Native American Artist Invitational; Fountain Hills, AZ 1998
- Best of Category: Indian Arts and Crafts Association Show - Denver, Colorado 1997.
- First Award in Marble Category: SWAIA Annual Indian Market - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1995, 1996, 2000
- People’s Choice Award: Ray Tracey Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1996.
- Wheelwright Museum Award for Excellence in Sculpture: SWAIA Annual Indian Market - Santa Fe, New Mexico 1995.
- National Statuary Hall, US Capitol Building - Washington DC
- Schaumburg Town Square - Schaumburg,
- Sandoval County Vietnam Veterans War Memorial - Bernalillo, NM
- Museum of Man - San Diego, CA
- Phoenix City Hall - Phoenix, Arizona.
- Albuquerque Sunport - Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Albuquerque Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Indian Pueblo Cultural Center - Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Museum of Indian Arts and Culture - Santa Fe, NM
- President, Indigenous Sculptor Society 2004, 2005
- Board Member - Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA),1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
- SWAIA Council of Artist Chair - 2003
- Vice President - Indigenous Sculptor Society, 2001, 2002, 2003
- Member - Indigenous Sculptor Society, 2001, 2002, 2003
- President - Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA), 2000
- Vice-President - Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA), 1999
- Vice-Chairman - Indian Arts and Crafts Foundation (IACA), 1998
- Artist/Craftspeople Representative - Indian Arts and Crafts Association Board of Directors (IACA), 1998- 2003
- Treasurer - Towa Arts and Crafts Committee, 1998
- Chairperson - Towa Arts and Crafts Committee, 1990-1996
- Coordinator - Jemez Red Rocks Arts & Crafts Show 1990-1997
The Po'Pay Commission
Cliff Fragua, of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, has been awarded one of the most prestigious commissions for sculptors in the United States. His rendition of Po'pay has been selected to represent the State of New Mexico in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, DC. The artist selection was made in December of 1999 based on a maquette (model) of Po'Pay that was submitted to the New Mexico Statuary Hall Commission. The sculpture is made from Tennessee marble, and stands 7 feet tall, mounted on a 3 feet tall pedestal. The sculpture was completed in May 2005 and installed and dedicated in September of the same year. It is currently on display in Emancipation Hall in the new Capitol Building Visitor Center.
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