Artist Chelsea Bighorn in Saguaro National Park


This episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Toast to The Arts & Parks” Show features mixed media artist Chelsea Bighorn, the National Parks Arts Foundation’s June 2024 artist-in-residence at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona.


Chelsea Bighorn was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. Her tribal affiliations are the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes from Montana and the Shoshone-Paiute from Northern Nevada. Bighorn’s work is the result of her combining traditional Native American design with elements from her Irish American heritage. Using this process, she tells her personal history through her art. Bighorn has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, SITE Santa Fe, The Balzar Gallery and her work is currently on display at The Center for Native Futures in Chicago, IL. She graduated with honors from The Institute of American Indian Arts in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts.  More: 

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