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NAME: Pena Bonita  
NATION: Mescalero Apache  
DISCIPLINE: Photographer  


Education: Hunter College, NYC, NY Masters Degree, 1995 Bachelors of Art, 1979 New York City Community College, Brooklyn, NY. Commercial Arts, 1973 Photography, Studied with Mark Fieldstien and Roy DeCarroca

Group Shows and Exhibitions:

New York University, New York City, NY
"Native Americans: The Women and Their Art"
Heye Foundation, American Indian Museum
"So The Spirit Flows" -- Curator, Nadema Agard
American Indian Community House Gallery, NYC, NY
"Looking at America After 500 Years" Curator, Lloyd Oxendine
"Beyond the Horse's Eye"
American Institute of Arts and letters, NYC, NY
P.S. 1 (Project Studios One), Long Island City, NY. - Curator, Lucy Lippard
The Silver Image Gallery. Seattle, WA.
"24 Native Photographer Tour Show" Curator, Jaune Ouick-To- See Smith
Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art. Seattle. Washington
"Defining Our Realities: Native American Women Photographers" Curator,
Gail Trembley
York Quay Gallery, Harborfront Centre, Toronto, Ont. Canada
"Contemporary Native Photography"
Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, Ont. Canada
Native American and Aleut Indians Gallery, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
"Three Sisters" Curators, Yvonne Maracle and Brenda Mitten
Neuberger Museum, State University of NY. At Purchase, NY.
Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY.
"The Political Landscape - Curator, Judy Collischan
Coast-to-Coast Tour, USA. - Curator, Clarissa Sligh
"A Women of Color National Artist's Book Project"
ODE'MIN Festival, Laurentian Uni, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
"First Nations Visual and Performing Arts Celebration"
Ceres Gallery, New York City, NY
"Beyond Survival: Old Frontiers/New Visions
Artists Space, New York City, NY
"We The People" -Curators, Jean Fisher and Jimmie Durham
Turtle Bay Museums and Arboretum on the River, Redding, Ca.
Street Level Photography Gallery & Workshop, Glasgow, Scotland
Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
"Photographing Ourselves," -Curator, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Okla
"Indian Art: Made in New York" Curator, Joanna Osburn Big Feather
"Traditions of Looking"
Via Gambaro Studio-Gallery, Washington, D.C.
"Native American Women Artists Show"
Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo
"The First All-Indian Photography Show"
Contemporary Gallery of American Indians, San Francisco, CA
"Artifacts for the Seventh Generation" Curator, Sara Bates
"Volume I, Book Arts By Native American Artists"
"Personal Preferences" -- Curator, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie
Washington State Capital Museum, Olympia, WA
Regina State Museum, Regina Saskatchewan, CA
"Medicine Show"
Gallery of Manhattan Borough President, NY.
"Masks" Curator, Lloyd Oxendine
Manhattan Community College, New York City, NY
"WOMENSPIRIT: Images of Empowerment" --Curator, DR. Maya Sharpe
Parsons Exhibition Center, New York City, NY.
"Prisoners of War: In My Native Land/ On Foreign Soil" -Curators
Carole Byard and Beverly Singer
Los Angeles Photography Center, Los Angeles, Ca
"The People... Themselves" Curator, Richard Ray Whitman
Cooper Union Humanities Gallery, New York City, NY.
"The Ghost Dance" -Curator, Dr. Cassandra Langer
Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA.
"Celebration of Visual traditions: Part VI
Henry Street Settlement, New York City, NY
"Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe?" --Curator, Nadema Agard
National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New
York City, NY
"Indian Humor" -Curator, Sara Bates


Mixed Blessings by Lucy Lippard Publisher: Pantheon Books NY
American Indians and the Urban Experience by Susan Lobo and Kurt Peters Publisher: AltaMira Press NY
Happily May I Walk by Arlene Hirachfelder Scribuers Press NY
Innate Images by Anne Stepenson America West Vol.5, Phoenix, AZ
Artspace, Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly Vol. 9 No. 4
"Photographing Ourselves"
San Francisco Arts Monthly September 1990 Vol. 1 No. 6
Native Artists in the Big Apple by Tim Johnson Turtle Quarterly
Summer 1988 Vol. 2, No.3
Seasons, The National Native American aids Prevention Quarterly
Summer 1989 Oakland, CA.
Heard Museum Newsletter May/June 1985 Phoenix, AZ
Vol 28, No.5
The IAIA "Indian Art: Made in New York February 1997


National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution, "Critical Images: Dialogues on Contemporary Native Art" New York City, NY
Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association Hamiliton, Ontario. Canada
New York University, "Native Americans: The Women and Their Art" NYC, NY
NYFAI/Women's Center for Learning, "Beyond Survival" New York City, NY
University of Arizona "Photography Symposium of 2004" Tucson, AZ


Thunder Bay Museum "OLD BONES" Thunder Bay, Ontario. Canada
Washington State Capital Gallery "Corn Patch Series" Olimpia, WASH
National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution "Indian Humor"
Long Island University "The Political Landscape" Brookville, NY
Queens Museum "Stalled Series" Queens, NY
Colgate Palmolive "Indian on a Phone" New York City, NY