Awards and Recognition
My aim as an artist has continually been to create with an original style, innovate, evolve, and be unconventional. My work as an jeweler has always been described as
contemporary and modern, my lifestyle and my experiences traveling the world has influenced my talent
and my work ethic. I am forward thinking, creative, and I am always looking for an innovative approach to
anything I am challenged with.
US Navy: June 2000-May 2004, Electrical Engineer
Self Employed Jeweler/Artist: May 2004- Present
Awards, Fellowships, & Achievements:
Promotion: Rank E-4 (Third Class Petty Officer) US Navy January 2002
Promotion: Rank E-5 (Second Class Petty Officer) US Navy November 2002. Recognized for making E-5
in record Navy expectation. Generally takes 6 years to make E-5 but Colin made E-5 in two years.
The Heard Museum Guild Student Exhibits: 1 st Place Award and Special Award for Student Art. 1998
The Heard Museum Guild Student Exhibits: 1 st Place Award. 2 nd Place Miniature Pottery, Special Award.
The Heard Museum Guild Student Exhibits: Best of Division, Jewelry. 1 st Place Award Jewelry, and
Special Award. 2000
The Museum of Northern Arizona: The Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, 1 st Place award. 2004
The 50 th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market: 2 nd Place Award, Avant Garde Division.
The Museum of Northern Arizona: The Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, 2nd Place award. 2008
The Museum of Northern Arizona: The Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, 1 st Place award. 2009
The Museum of Northern Arizona: The Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, 1 st Place award. 2012
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian: The Malcolm and Connie Goodman Fellowship
Award, highest award of 6 awarded, 2009.
S.O.F.A West Expo: One of 9 artists selected out of 700 artists considered from the South West
Association of Indian Arts catalogue of artists to exhibit at the prestigious and world class SOFA West
expo at the Santa Fe Convention center. 2011
Published Works in noted books and magazines:
Masters of Contemporary Indian Jewelers: Schiffer Publishing 2009
Generations, The Helen Cox Kersting Collection of Southwestern Cultural Arts. The Eiteljorg Museum of
American Indians and Western Art. 2010
Southwestern Indian Rings: Paula A Baxter 2011
Native Peoples Magazine: “Generations, Artistic Dynasties Thrive in Native Jewelery.” Cover Story,
January February issue 2011.
Encyclopedia Of Native American Jewelers. 2011 Gregory Shaaf.
Native People's Magazine: Article "Artistic Dynasties Thrive in Native Jewelry" Jan/Feb issue 2011.
First American Art Magazine "Zuni Jeweler and Lapidarian" By Miranda Belarde Lewis, PhD. NO. 12 Fall 2016
Native American Art Magazine "Zuni Pueblo Artists" November 2017