Natural History Museum of Utah has Navajo rug show covered |

Natural History Museum of Utah has Navajo rug show covered

Submitted by the Natural History Museum of UtahThe Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, will showcase 150 exquisitely handmade contemporary Navajo rugs for sale on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Canyon at the Museum.
The Natural History Museum of Utah will host a Navajo Rug show on June 18. The event is a collaboration between the museum and the Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, Colorado. (Anthony Tallboy)

A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Museum, with the majority of the sale price going to support the Navajo artists.

This long-standing free event is a collaboration with Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango, Colorado. Gallery owner and expert in Navajo rugs, Jackson Clark II, along with his family members who are also experts, will be available throughout the day to answer questions.

  • From 10 a.m. until noon, Clark and Gallery representatives will provide free evaluations and restoration advice to guests who bring their own Navajo rugs.
  • At 3 p.m., Clark will give a lively and informative free lecture on Navajo rugs and culture in the Museum’s Community Room.

    Clark represents the third generation in his family to be involved in the trading business. He spent time with his father, traveling the Navajo reservation, visiting trading posts and weavers, and developed an admiration and respect for the people and their artwork.

    "The Navajo people are survivors," explained Clark. "They live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the United States and yet have thrived and held on to their cultural beliefs and customs far longer than most other Native American tribes. Weaving has played a huge part in allowing that to happen."

    The Museum will use auction proceeds to help preserve the historic cultures of Utah. For more information on the Navajo Rug Auction or the Natural History Museum of Utah, visit .

    "This special event is not only a sale and silent auction, it’s a free art show as well," said Suzanne Ruhlman, Museum store manager. "We’re providing a rare opportunity for visitors to see a large display of these gorgeous rugs of all sizes and styles. And, with each rug purchase, we’re helping to support and sustain a part of the Navajo culture."

    The Natural History Museum of Utah is one of the leading scientific research and cultural institutions in the country.

    Established in 1963, the Museum’s collections contain over 1.2 million objects and offers innovative exhibitions and educational programs to thousands of residents and visitors each year, including traveling and permanent exhibits, special events and other programs. With an expected attendance of 180,000 visitors a year, the Museum also offers a variety of outreach programs to communities and schools throughout Utah, reaching every school district in the state annually.

    The Museum has an active science program with more than 30 scientists and 10 field exhibitions each year.

    For information visit .

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