46: Andrea Hanley

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46: Andrea Hanley

Andrea Hanley's work is guided by and focused on the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine arts. She's currently the Manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum.

"All of my projects are guided by a mantra: A never-ending quest to find the best and the most interesting contemporary American Indian artists in the country and help support them in the best way I can," she writes. "It's important for both Natives and Non-Natives to see this work. I am constantly trying to think of ways to bring more attention to the Berlin Gallery."

1. Name five things on your inspiration wall.
- My ultra cool nephew Nataani's 3rd grade A+ spelling test.
- A photo booth photo of my fabulous husband/artist Kade L. Twist and me.
- A color test proof serigraph by a famous Indian artist who wrote me a thank you note on the back of it.
- A fortune cookie fortune that reads, "You will do amazing things in your life."
- A picture from 1957 of my mom leading a parade twirling a baton.

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The Berlin Gallery

2. What was your last big project?

So many different things, pulling together seven shows in a season, highlighting eight new Indian artists at the Berlin Gallery this year -- on top of the 25 artists we already work with. Working with Tewa sculptor Nora Naranjo-Morse on an exclusive bronze edition for the gallery and creating a green T-shirt line with my husband and friend.

3. What's your next big project?

I'm currently working out the details for the upcoming season's shows.I don't always know what the next truly big project will be, but if I follow my mantra, it usually leads to some serious and unanticipated inspiration that grows into a truly big and important project or maybe many big projects this upcoming year.

4. Why do you do what you do?
Because I love it, and I have been pretty lucky to have been in the arts field since I was an undergrad. I believe so passionately in supporting contemporary Indian artists and pushing the contemporary art market. There are so many new, interesting Indian voices out there saying so many important things. There is an amazing collector base and supporters around the country who follow us. I would love to be able to reach a larger market, find new collectors who find the work as wonderful and compelling as I do.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you? (And if you're game, what's something you don't want Phoenix to know about you?)

I am Navajo, and grew up on the Navajo Nation, and I consider Chinle and Tsaile, Arizona, my hometown. My father was an Arizona State Legislator for 26 years, dedicated to the well-being of his constituents, primarily the Navajo people. My mom ran a non-profit here in Phoenix that supported urban Indians for over 30 years. Both of them are passionate about supporting and creating community, they are also wonderful advocates for the arts here in Arizona. They and my husband Kade have cemented a commitment in me for the arts that makes what I do for a living more than just a job.

What Phoenix doesn't know ... If I didn't dye my hair, it would be as grey as foggy London town.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

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