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 Bert (Uytima/Uydema) Preston  (1930 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: Hopi subject easel and mural painting, teaching

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Biography from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site:
Bert Preston is a Hopi painter, muralist and educator who was born at Hotevilla on December 6, 1930.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and his Master of Arts in Art Education from the same school. 

Preston became the first Hopi teacher in Tuba City Public School system.  He taught the fifth and sixth grades for seven years, always emphasizing the importance of art to his students.  In addition to teaching art at the school and extension courses at Yavapai College, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and Navajo Community College, Preston has privately pursued his own artistic career.  He is married and has two daughters and two sons.

As of 1999, Preston is an active, exhibiting painter of traditional Hopi subjects in water-based media and, occasionally, he used pen-and-ink with a color wash.  Preston signs his paintings with his Indian name, which until recently he believed to be "Uytima;" he now believes that a more correct spelling is "Uydema."  Actually he has signed his paintings with other variations, including "B. Preston," and "Bert Preston."  The paintings he works on at home and for exhibition are Hopi; the murals he paints at the high school represent all Native American cultures.

Preston has exhibited at Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Scottsdale National Indian Art Exhibition in Arizona, 55th Annual Hopi Artist Show at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Red Cloud Indian Art Show in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.  Preston usually receives Firsts, Seconds and Honorable Mentions in most of the exhibitions he enters. 

His artworks are in many private collections, at least fifteen murals in Tuba City Public High School, the object collection of the Heard Museum, 1991; as well as in the collection of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

REFERENCES:

Qua'Loqti.  "Hopi Artist Unveils Mural at Tuba City Public High School.  August 25, 1983.

Personal Communication.  Jim Reynolds at Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.  602-252-8848.   3-99.

—Bert Preston. P.O. Box 271, Tuba City, AZ 86045. 520-283-6764.

Tanner, Clara Lee.  Southwest Indian Painting:  A Changing Art.  [1957] Tuscon, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press.  1980.

Wykoff, Lydia L.  Ed.  Visions and Voices: Native American Painting from the Philbrook Museum of Art.  Tulsa, OK: Philbrook Museum of Art.  1996.


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