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ATADA Scholarship Fund

M.A.D. staff | July 14th, 2013

The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association (ATADA) has established a scholarship in Native American art studies in honor of Jim and Lauris Phillips. Donations of up to $2000 will be matched by ATADA. Longtime ATADA member Jim died in December 2012, and Lauris died on June 18.

In June 2012, the Phillipses were given ATADA’s Lifetime Achievement Award (only two other people were given awards that year). To quote from Deborah Begner’s comments, published in the ATADA News, “Lauris and Jim Phillips have contributed a substantial amount to the world of antique American Indian art, as collectors, as dealers, and as teachers, and mentors. Their enthusiasm for Southwest Indian material is longstanding. Lauris collected their first piece, a bracelet, from the Newcomb Trading Post in the late 1960’s.”

ATADA is an organization for dealers, collectors, scholars, and museum staff which focuses on antique tribal and Native American art. For more information, please contact ATADA’s president, Arch Thiessen, at <> or visit ATADA’s Web site (

Originally published in the August 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest

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