DECEMBER 30, 1921


Born at Second Mesa, Arizona, Otellie received a scholarship in 1945 to the School of the American Craftsman at Alfred University.  In the 1950s, she opened the Kiva Craft Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, with ceramic artist husband, Charles Loloma.  In 1960-61, Otellie was an instructor for the Southwest Indian Art Project, in Tucson, Arizona and, from 1962-1988, was on the faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her ceramics won prizes at the Scottsdale Indian Art Exhibition and the Philbrook Art Center.  In 1991, she received the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.  Otellie also taught Native American dance, performing at the White House and the 1968 Summer Olympics.  In 1970, she was 1 of 8 artists featured in the documentary, With These Hands: The Rebirth of the American Craftsman.  Her works are at Museum of the American Indian, Heard Museum, Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Philbrook Museum of Art.  Otellie died January 30, 1993. 

Laura Graves, "Otellie Loloma," in Gretchen M. Bataille and Laurie Lisa, eds., Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (Routledge 2003): 188-189. Retrieved 7/23/2019,
 Sonneborn, Liz, A to Z of American Indian Women (Infobase Publishing 2007): 134-135.  Retrieved 7/23/2019,
 James McGrath, "Otellie Loloma: Gifts from Second Mesa," Santa Fe Reporter, 2/13/1991: 28.  Retrieved 7/23/2019,
Photo:  Image courtesy of Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe, NM.  Otellie Loloma with Students.  IAIA-RG02, IAIA Ephemera Collection, 1977. Source: Otellie Loloma with students - Institute of American Indian Arts - CONTENTdm Title (

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