Kenneth Milton Chapman – A Life Dedicated to Indian Arts and Artists
The accomplishments of Kenneth Milton Chapman (1875-1968) -- a leading force in the revitalization of Pueblo pottery in the 1920s -- are as varied as they are significant. Chapman was instrumental in the establishment of the Museum of New Mexico, the School of American Research, and the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe; widely recognized for his knowledge of Pueblo pottery design elements; and the University of New Mexico's first professor of Indian arts.
With a special focus on his professional development as artist and archaeologist, this biography is the first to track Chapman's life from his Midwestern upbringing through his nearly 70 years in New Mexico. The authors have combined material from Chapman's unpublished memoirs with a thoroughly researched history of his life and times to reveal his role within the burgeoning field of Southwestern archaeology and the preservation of historic Pueblo pottery, as well as his promotion of the work of living potters.
About Janet Chapman (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Janet Chapman is author of Madcap Masquerade (UNM Press, 2017), a light, historical novel set in Santa Fe during the 1920s. She is also coauthor with Karen Barrie of Kenneth Chapman: A Life Dedicated to Indian Arts and Artists, published by UNM Press (2008). As novelist and coauthor of Kenneth Milton Chapman’s biography, Ms. Chapman has drawn on her background in journalism and U.S. history as well as over 30 years of experience as a technical writer. Ms. Chapman’s technical work includes exhibit text and video production for museum displays at New Mexico’s state parks as well as promotional and technical articles for Albuquerque’s scientific community.
About Karen Barrie (Co-Author)