Nora Naranjo Morse

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Nora Naranjo Morse
ResidenceEspanola, New Mexico
NationalityAmerican, Santa Clara Pueblo
Alma materBA, College of Santa Fe
Scientific career
FieldsNative North American Artist, Potter and Ceramist
InfluencesRose Naranjo

Nora Naranjo Morse (born 1953) is a Native American potter and poet. She currently resides in Espanola, New Mexico just north of Santa Fe and is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. She is the daughter of potter Rose Naranjo.[1] She received a Bachelor of University Studies from Santa Fe College in 1980.[2] Her work can be found in several museum collections including the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, where her hand-built sculpture piece, Always Becoming, was selected from more than 55 entries submitted by Native artists as the winner of an outdoor sculpture competition held in 2005.[3][4] In 2014, she was honored with a NACF Artist Fellowship for Visual Arts[5] and was selected to prepare temporal public art for the 5x5 Project by curator Lance Fung.[6]


Morse's earlier sculpting work was made using clay. Inspired by the ancient traditions of making Pueblo Clowns, she created her own character named "Pearlene". She wrote adventures about this character in "Mud Women", a book of her own poetry. In her later work, Morse commented on Indian Stereotypes as well as raising questions within her own community. Some of her most well-known installations include Sugared Up: A Waffle Garden (1999); I've Been Bingo-ed by My Baby!: A story of love lust, and loss on the rez... (2009); and A Pueblo Woman's Clothesline (1995).[2]


"There is no word for art in the Tewa language ... There is though the concept for an artful life, filled with inspiration and fueled by labor and thoughtful approach."[7]


  1. ^ "Nora Naranjo Morse". The Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  2. ^ a b Women artists of the American West. Ressler, Susan R. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. 2003. ISBN 9780786410545. OCLC 50840919.
  3. ^ "Nora Naranjo Morse: Always Becoming Mall Sculpture Project". National Museum of the American Indian. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  4. ^ Wroten, Nicole (2007-10-31). "Sculpting Her Vision". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  5. ^ "Nora Naranjo Morse". Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  6. ^ "Contemporary Public Art Is Coming to the Capital! | dcarts". 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  7. ^ "Nora Naranjo Morse". Women Artists of the American West. Pottery by American Indian Women, The Legacy of Generations: the Avant-Garde. Retrieved 2014-04-02.

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