Doug Hyde Biography

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Of Native American descent, Doug Hyde was born in Hermiston, Oregon, in 1946. The lore of his Nez Perce, Assiniboine, and Chippewa ancestry came to him from his grandfather and other elders who carefully instructed Doug Hyde through legends of animal characters the morals of his people as well as the ways of Mother Earth and the creation of man. 

Doug Hyde attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during which time he enjoyed the tutelage and friendship of the late renowned Apache sculptor, Allan Houser. In 1967 Doug Hyde attended the San Francisco Art Institute on scholarship for a time before enlisting in the U.S. Army. During his second tour of duty in Viet Nam, a grenade seriously wounded Doug Hyde. During his recuperation he learned the use of power tools in the cutting and shaping of stone while working in a friend's tombstone business, all the while continuing his art education and sculpting at night. Finally Doug Hyde entered some of his sculpture for a show sponsored by the Northern Plains Indian Museum in Browning, Montana. When his work sold out, Doug Hyde realized that he was now ready to make his mark and that Santa Fe was to be his base of operations.

Returning to Santa Fe in 1972 to teach at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Doug Hyde brought with him experience and knowledge as well as a desire to learn all he could about other native cultures. The following year he left the institute to devote himself full-time to sculpting. Doug Hyde's works sculptured in bronze or stone, often in monumental size, frequently represent the stories told to him during his youth or portray more historical events. What is of great importance to him is that they are accurate representations of their subject matter, and that process only occurs "when I can visualize the finished sculpture in my mind."

Doug Hyde has remained a resident of Santa Fe since 1972. His works may be viewed in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Heard Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Southwest Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Eitelborg Museum, and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center among others. In 1990 the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, provided Doug Hyde with a retrospective exhibit of his work.


  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
  • Faculty, Institute of American Arts

Selected Exhibitions and Awards:

  • 1995, 1996 - Prix de West Invitational Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 1995 - Annual Cody Cowboy Antiques and Collectibles Show, Cody, WY
  • 1995 - The Contemporary West Exhibition, Carmel, CA, 1995
  • 1996 - 16th Annual Denver Rotary Club Artists of America Exhibition, Denver, CO
  • 1996 - Great American Artists Exhibition, Cincinnati Museum Center, OH
  • 1996 - Distinguished Artist Award, Santa Fe Rotary Foundation, NM
  • 1997 - Selected Artist in New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, NM
  • 1997 - "Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House: Honoring Native America," Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Washinnton, D.C.
  • 1998 - First Annual Indian Art Northwest "Indian Market," Portland, OR
  • 1998 - Named the IAIA Foundation's Visionary Award
  • 1999 - Elected to National Sculpture Society
  • 1999 - Monumental Sculpture "Pueblo Bonita" Autry Museum of Western Heritage
  • 2007 - Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 - Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2007- Sky City Cultural Center and Haaku Museum, Acoma, NM
  • 2007 - Coors Western Art Exhibit, Denver CO
  • 2007 - Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2009 - Annual Western Art Show and Sale, Phippen Museum
  • 2009 - Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture "Honor Song" 4th Annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, Eiteljorg Museum, IN
  • 2010 - Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • April - July 2012 - Annual Rendezvous Reunion: Exhibition and Art Sale, Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • 2012 - Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer's Choice Award, Prix de West, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OK
  • 2014 - Best in Sculpture Award, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum
  • 2014 - Museum Purchase Award "Salmon Quest," Eiteljorg Museum
  • 2017 - 25th Anniversary Celebration, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2018 - Arizona Governor's Artist of the Year Award

Selected Commissions:

  • Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.
  • American Indian Society, Washington, D.C.
  • T.C. Cannon Memorial, College of Santa Fe Campus, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Ferrari Building, Albuquerque, NM
  • Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Beta West Properties, Phoenix, AZ
  • Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho
  • City of Palm Springs, CA
  • Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Spa Hotel and Casino, Palm Springs, CA
  • Federal Courthouse Building, Albuquerque, NM

Selected Publications:

  • Southwest Art, May 2021
  • Art of the West, July-August 2019
  • Western Art Collector, June 2019, "Meeting the Rising Sun" by John O'Hern
  • Western Art Collector, August 2018
  • The Daily Courier "Prescott Sculptor with National Presence" May 29, 2018
  • Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Painters & Sculptors, Don Hagerty, 1997
  • Masters of American Sculpture, Donald Reynolds, 1993
  • Beyond Tradition, Lois and Jerry Jacka, 1988
  • Contemporary Western Artists, Harold and Peggy Samuels, 1982
  • American Indian Painting and Sculpture, Patricia Broder, 1981
  • The Sweet Grass Lives On, Jamake Highwater, 1980
  • Art and Indian Individualists, Gus and Dorothy Monthan, 1975

Selected Permanent Collections:

  • Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TX
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY
  • Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
  • Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, MT
  • Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
  • Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Phoenix Plaza, Phoenix, AZ
  • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
  • Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO
  • Lewis and Clark State College, Lewiston, ID
  • City of Palm Springs, CA
  • Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Smithsonian




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