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 Celebrating Our 25th Year 

Artwork by Ernest Franklin, Sr.

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About the Artist

(1942-2010, Navajo) A painting by Franklin is illustrated on page 92 of Enduring Traditions Art of the Navajo by Lois Jacka.  The artist was awarded First Prize at the 1993 Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial for the painting The Wanderers depicted in the Jacka book.  This artist was also listed in Jeannie Snodgrass' publication and in Patrick Lester's effort.  The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters.  

Born in Ganado, Arizona on the Navajo reservation, William B. Franklin majored in Sociology and minored in Art at Northern Arizona University.  From silversmithing, he switched to painting in the 1970's.  Currently he works in acrylic and oil, along with some sculpture.  He was won numerous first place and divisional awards and honors at the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo Show and the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market.  Franklin was given the Helen Hardin Memorial Award for the most promising painter.