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Artwork by Christy Vezolles
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About the Artist
Christy Vezolles was born in 1954 in Illinois and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She studied at Indiana University's Herron School of Art and was awarded a BFA in 1977 by Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
From 1978-1992, Ms. Vezolles taught fine arts and commercial art at the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College. She also created drawings, pottery and beadwork and she freelanced as a graphic designer.
As a fine artist, active between the mid 1970s to the mid 1990s, Christy Vezolles signed her artwork with her tribal name, Meenjip Tatsii. Petrogylphs, a book of poetry by Shawnee/Cayuga writer Barney Bush, features her illustrations (Greenfield Review Press, Greenfield Center, NY. 1982).
Vezolles has exhibited nationally, including at the Heard Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Philbrook Art Center, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Cherokee Heritage Center, the Ohio Governor’s Residence and the Dayton Art Institute. She also exhibited her art in France at the 1993 "Les Temps Moderne Festival" near Paris.
Her work is found in private collections throughout the United States, and in England, France and Germany, as well as at the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado; the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
While married to a Navajo attorney, Vezolles managed his law office on the Navajo Nation for ten years. She has since established Art Value LLC, an art appraisal practice in Phoenix, Arizona. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts, Vezolles is an appraiser of European, American and Native American art.