Allan Houser (1914-1994) was a renowned Native American painter, illustrator, and sculptor.
Born in Oklahoma to Chiricahua Apache parents, Houser would move at 20 years old to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to study art with Dorothy Dunn at The Santa Fe Indian School.
Houser would begin teaching in 1951 at The Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah, and move in 1962 to The Institute of American Indian Arts, a return to Santa Fe.
It was at the IAIA, in 1967, that Houser began casting Bronze, the work that the artist is most celebrated for today.
Houser’s work is in the Japanese Royal Collection, British Royal Collection, The National Portrait Gallery, The National Museum of American Art, and The Smithsonian amongst many, many others. Houser became the first Native American to receive the National Medal of Arts in 1992.
Two sons, Philip and Bob Haozous (Houser’s original Apache name), have also had success in sculpture, and Allan Houser’s legacy looms large due to the generations of artists he mentored at the IAIA.