Great Basin Native Artists Gallery

Better knowledge of the art and peoples of the Great Basin

The mission of the GBNA archive is to create better knowledge of the art and peoples of the Great Basin and to create opportunities for this underrepresented region in all forms of the arts.

Great Basin Native Artists Gallery Curator

Melissa Melero-Moose began her work with the Stewart Indian Commission in 2014, speaking about the Great Basin Native Artists (GBNA) at the Nevada Indian Territory Tribal Conferences. In 2019, Stewart asked her to be a part of the design consulting for the planning process of the Stewart Museum and then gallery curator for the Great Basin Native Artists (Wa-Pai-Shone) Gallery.
She is a mixed-media visual artist, writer and curator. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe with ties to Fort Bidwell Paiute, California. She lives in Hungry Valley, Nevada working as a professional artist, contributing writer for First American Art Magazine and founder/curator of the art collective the Great Basin Native Artists. She is a descendant of Stewart Alumni dating back from 1911 – 1974.

GBNA goals:

    • Maintain a Great Basin Native Artists archive and  online directory
    • Exhibiting opportunities as a group for local, national, and international Native art exhibitions
    • Cultural arts education to the Native and non-Native community
    • Art business workshops for professional and emerging artists
    • Forum for Native artists and interested community members to connect
    • Online presence for rural Native artists

Melissa attended an interview on the Double Scoop Podcast where she talks about the ongoing challenges Indigenous artists face in gaining visibility and recognition. Listen to the full interview here.

CLICK HERE for information about “Indigenous Beadwork of the Great Basin” exhibition at Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum

GBNA Gallery