Steven A. Tamayo
3143 No 59th St.
Omaha, NE 68104
2011 BA, Sinté Gleska University, Rosebud Reservation, Mission, SD
2012 – Present - Adjunct Art Instructor, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
Instructor for Native American Art Classes. Visiting artist, summer 2012 for Buffalo Robe Project. Developed program for MCC’s Study Abroad site on the Rosebud Reservation.
2013 – Present - Cultural Consultant, Omaha Public Schools N.I.C.E., Omaha, NE
Facilitator for Young Spirit Dancers; traditional arts instructor for OPS students in the Native and Indigenous Centered Education program.
2017 - Present - Cultural Consultant, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Omaha, NE
Facilitate workshops for youth, elder, and in-patient treatment center communities. Address healing of trauma through cultural and artistic expression with the community.
2016, Fall - Adjunct Art Instructor, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Designed curriculum and instruction for Native American Art History Class for the department of Fine Arts. Collaborated with Native Studies, English and Anthropology faculty.
2005 - 2012 Consultant, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Wash. DC
Provided restoration and conservation services for objects in the museum’s collection. Curated numerous exhibitions, including the current exhibit, As We Grow, focusing on games and toys.
2005 - 2016 - Cultural Arts Specialist, Native American Advocacy Program, Herrick, SD
Design and implement cultural arts programs for youth and family camps throughout the year. Programs focus on traditional arts, equine programs, leadership skills, drug and alcohol and suicide prevention. Lead youth camps that aim to maintain the traditional arts and beliefs of the Lakota. 2016,
2003-2012 - Instructor, Traditional Arts Program, Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD
Taught all traditional arts classes to include featherwork, quillwork, regalia, beadwork.
Awards and Honors
Amplify Arts, Individual Artist Grant, February 2020
Congressional Award, US House of Representatives, Don Bacon, for Excellence in Native American Heritage, November 2019
Nebraska Arts Council Artist Roster, Visual Arts, 2015-present
Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards 2015, Best 2-person show nomination, ReVitalize, Nicholas St. Gallery, Hot Shops, Omaha, NE
Nebraska Arts Council Governor’s Art Award, Heritage Award, 2014
Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards 2013, Best 2-person show, We’re Still Standing, Kaneko, 2014
Second Place, Printmaking, American Indian Higher Education Consortium Visual Arts Exhibition, Phoenix, AZ
Omaha Human Relations Department, Native American Planning Committee Award, 1999
Offutt Air Force Base, Native Americans in the Military: Serving with Honor, Bravery, and Loyalty, Native American Heritage Luncheon Honored Guest, 1998
Indigenous American Art, Two Person Show with Anne Steinhoff, Gallery 92, Fremont, NE, July 2020
Strengthening The Circle, Group Show, Fontenelle Forest, March 19 - April 30, 2019
Fort Atkinson Interpretive Center, Fort Calhoun, NE, October 1 - November 24, 2019
Coachella Music Festival set design for Neil Young, Palm Springs, CA, September, 2016
John G. Neihardt Center, Bancroft, NE, June - November, 2016
Storytelling, Group Show at Kaneko, Omaha, NE, June 3 - August 27, 2016
ReVitalize, with Paul High Horse, Nicholas Street Gallery, Hot Shops, Omaha, NE, Nov. 6-30, 2016
PLAY, Group Show, Kaneko, Omaha, NE, May - August 2015
Stage Set Design, Harvest the Hope BOLD NE Benefit Concert, Neligh, NE, September 2014
Group Show, OPS TAC Building, Omaha, NE, May 2014
OEAA Nominees Exhibition, Group Show, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA, 2014
We’re Still Standing, with Paul High Horse, Kaneko, Omaha, NE, February - April 2014
Traditions Transitioned, with Donel Keeler, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA, January 2014
LPS Visual Arts Mentoring Program, Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln, NE, April 2013
Marketplace of Community Values, Group Show, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, July 2013
Sacred Acts, with Donel Keeler, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE, September 2012
Artwork in Collections
Handgame sets, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Traditional Doll, Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY
Fort Omaha Winter Count, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE
Painted Buffalo Robe, Willie Nelson
Painted Buffalo Robe, Neil Young
Painted Tipi, Daryl Hannah
Moccasins, Michael Krainak
Rawhide Containers, National Park Service, Omaha, NE
Medicine Wheel Garden, Public Art, Yates Community Educational Partnership, Omaha Public Schools
Lectures, Workshops and Performances
University of Minnesota, Mankato, Cultural Presenter, October 12, 2020
Sidney Public Schools, Artist-in-residence, Nebraska Arts Council, November 18-22, 2018, 2019
Rockwell Museum, docent training, workshop, public art lecture, September 22, 2017
Catlin Elementary, Artist-in-Residence, Omaha, NE, October-November 2016
John G. Neihardt Center, Art Presentation, Neihardt Days, Bancroft, NE, August 7, 2016
Artist-in-Residence, Hastings Museum of Art, November 2016
Sarpy County Museum, Cultural Presenter, Bellevue, NE, April 26, 2016
Storytelling, Native American Creation Stories Mural with OPS students at Kaneko, May 22-25, 2016
Mystic Elements, Cultural Presenter, Wilmington, NC, February 28, 2016
Guest Lecturer, Christ Methodist Church, Northbrook, IL, March 14-16, 2016
Guest Curator, The Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, May, 2015
Midwest Powwow, Cultural Presenter, Omaha, NE, September, 2015
Nebraska Art Teachers Association, Fall Conference, Local Artist Presenter, Omaha, NE, Sept., 2015
Minnesota Humanities, Cultural Presenter, Omaha, NE, 2013 - Present
Kaneko Lecture Series, Native American Discussion Panel, March 27, 2014
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Native Indian Youth Conference Presenter, Norfolk, NE, Sept. 19-21, 2014
Nebraska Arts Council, Keynote Speaker, State Educators’ Conference, Omaha, NE, July, 2014
BOLD NE, Tipi Painting Workshop and Presentation on the Mall, Washington, DC, 2014
Joslyn Art Museum, Thursdays for Teachers,, Omaha, NE, 2013-Present
College of St. Mary, Young Spirit Dancers Performance, Omaha, NE, November 14, 2013
Lincoln Public Schools, Indian Education Middle School Conference, Lincoln, NE, November 1, 2013
Ohio Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar, Delaware, OH, Oct. 20-23, 2013
Lincoln Indian Center, Fall Workshops, Lincoln, NE, 2013
Lincoln Public Schools, Middle School Conference Presenter, Lincoln, NE, Nov. 1, 2013
Lincoln Arts Festival, Young Spirit Dancers Performance, Lincoln, NE, 2013
Rosebud, SD, cultural education workshops for NMAI conservators, Mission, SD, August, 2013
Summer Lecture Series, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer, SD, August 2012, 2013
University of Wilmington, NC, Visiting Artist, 2009
Chicago Field Museum, Bustle Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2010
Rosebud, SD, 1-week brain tanning workshop for NMAI Conservators, August 2006
Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, Canada, Presenter, Sept. 24-27, 2007
The Blue Dress, in Red Ink Magazine, vol. 17, n.2. Winter 2014-15, pgs. 47.
Doll, Decorated, in Red Ink Magazine, vol. 17, n.2. Winter 2014-15, pgs. 63.
“Steve Tamayo: Tipi Artist of Anti-KXL Rally.” <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25ICK20n350>. April 26, 2014.
“Seeing is Believing” by David Thompson. The Reader. January 26, 2015.
“Private Ceremony: Nelson, Young Presented Buffalo Robes” Antelope County News. Sept. 29, 2014.
Elk Dreamer, Cover art for Story Circle. Rose McGee, 2014.
“A-list Show and Tell” by Mike Krainak. The Reader. December 23, 2014.
“2014 Governor’s Arts Awards Heritage Award: Steve Tamayo.” <https://youtu.be/lkNomcSn83U>. March 27, 2014.
“Traditions Transitioned: Native American Art with a Contemporary POV at RNG Gallery” by Laura Vranes, The Reader, January 17, 2014.
“New Exhibit Opens at RNG Gallery,” The Daily Nonpareil. January 9, 2014.
“Beyond the Pipeline Protest,” by Mallory Black. Native Peoples Magazine, July-August 2014.
US ARMY 101st Airborne Division, 187th Infantry Air Assault, 1985-88
Standing Rock Reservation, NODAPL protest camp school, Volunteer Art Teacher, August, 2016
Metropolitan Community College, Powwow Coordinator and Committee Member, 1992-2015
Minneapolis Indian Center, Arena Director, Nov. 2012
Sinté Gleska University, Founder’s Day Powwow, 2004-2012
Credit Island Powwow, Davenport, IA, Arena Director, 1999-2001
Milk’s Camp, SD Powwow, Arena Director, 1997-2000, 2000-2005
MCC Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow, Arena Director, 2004-2009
City of Omaha Human Relations Department, Native American Planning Committee, 1998
Blue Earth Powwow, Arena Director, 1997
Tai Pai Gourd Dance Society of the Umonhon Nation, sponsored by VFW Post 1135