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About Crane Day

Crane at the Tucson Museum of Art Artisans Market

Crane Day is of French and American Indian ancestry, raised on the Osage Reservation near Pawhuska, Oklahoma. His initial interest in craftsmanship and design had its origins in the brilliant pageantry and costumes of Indian ceremonial festivities and the equally striking color and ceremony of the late 19th century Catholicism in the mission church where Crane spent his grade school years as an altar boy. This gifted interest was refined and educated at the University of Notre Dame where Crane studied anthropology and primitive art and at Michigan State where he received a Master of Arts degree in interior design.

Awarded for his design achievements internationally, Crane’s wide ranging knowledge and skillful mastery of the fiber arts has won him a reputation and respect among his contemporaries and recognition in Who’s Who in American Art.

The spirit and color of the Medieval and Renaissance liturgical world flows through all the art. A lifelong knowledge of American Indian culture and a vivid fantasy of the chivalrous life at court come together in Crane’s special artistic style.

Learn more in this magazine article.

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