Based in our Denver, Cincinnati, and Scottsdale offices, Hindman’s Arts of the American West specialists are uniquely positioned to seek quality consignments throughout the West and Southwest. Working with a comprehensive network of important dealers, private collectors, and museums, they leverage competition among worldwide bidders to achieve outstanding results for consignors in regularly scheduled auctions of American Indian Art and Jewelry and Western Art.
The Arts of the American West Department handles historic and contemporary Native American art, including Navajo weavings, Southwestern jewelry, basketry, modern and early 20th-century Pueblo pottery, beadwork, and other traditional art executed by Native Americans of the Plains, Southwest, and Pacific Coast.
Katherine Hlavin is the director and specialist of Western Art at Hindman.
Ms. Hlavin started at the firm in June 2017 as Director of Business Development, Western Region at the Denver location and became a department specialist in 2020. Before joining the firm, she spent seven years working with galleries in Jackson Hole, Scottsdale and Denver. Most recently, Ms. Hlavin was Gallery Director of Visions West Contemporary in Denver and Jackson Hole. In this role she planned and curated exhibitions and developed relationships with leading Western contemporary artists, important institutions and collectors, helping the gallery establish its Jackson Hole location. Prior, Ms. Hlavin was Director of American & Western Paintings at Altamira Fine Art.
Ms. Farnand has been the director of American Indian Art at Cowan’s Auctions since 2003, guiding it from a regional name to one of the category leaders in the country. Now, as part of the Hindman team, she is excited to continue to build and develop this department.
During her tenure, she has created focused auctions specializing in Historic Native works, jewelry, and Modern and Contemporary Native Arts. Record prices have been set, ranging from an Eastern Plains Three-Bladed Knife Club from the Collection of Marvin L. Lince, Oregon selling for $180,000 to a sculpture by Patrocinio Barela (New Mexican, ca 1900-1964) for $36,000.
As one of the most respected experts in her field, Ms. Farnand has been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since 2016. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from John Carroll University.
“The beautiful blues and yellows in this Lakota Sioux are a representation of the earth and sky.”
“A Tlingit Chilkat dance blanket, once owned by artist Andy Warhol, featuring classic design totemic image.”
“Featured in the book Walk in Beauty: The Navajo and their Blankets.”
“A stunning gold, turquoise, coral, sugilite bracelet by pioneering Hopi jewelry designer, Charles Loloma.”
You are welcome to submit items electronically or to contact any of our offices directly.
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