About the Artist
(1937 - 2005)
Fritz Scholder was born in 1937 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. He began his formal art studies at the University of Kansas, Wisconsin State University, and Sacramento College in California. Of German and Native American decent, in 1960 Scholder was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation full scholarship for the Southwestern Indian Art Project at the University of Arizona. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree, he moved to Santa Fe to teach history and painting at the recently-opened Institute of American Indian Arts. Though Scholder left IAIA ater some five years, he stayed in Santa Fe in a home and studio on Canyon Road.