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July Deaf Business Spotlight: Tony Mac Art

Hailing from Texas and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dr. Tony Landon McGregor, aka “Tony Mac,” is an artist and a deaf educator of children from Navajo families.

Tony Mac is best known for his beautiful wood-burned gourd artworks incorporating the unique juxtaposition of Deaf culture and Southwestern Native American culture, embellished with turquoise cabochons or shells. Gourd art has been a passion of his for over 30 years. He is recognized for his meticulously detailed pen-and-ink drawings and wood-burned prints. He earned his four degrees, B.A., B.F.A., and M.Ed, and a doctorate, in Multicultural Special Education, at the University of Texas at Austin. His 2002 doctoral dissertation focused on the life history of a Diné Deaf rug weaver named Coyote Eyes living on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area. In addition, he illustrated and published five children’s books that center on Deaf culture and history.

His gourd works are featured in numerous national and international shows, festivals, and conferences- especially having debuted at the 5th Deaf Studies Conference in 1999 with his Southwestern DE’VIA art and sold at prestigious galleries.

You can email Dr. Tony Mac to inquire about purchasing his richly textured wood-burned gourds at tonymacart@yahoo.com

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