Estella Loretto is currently the only Native American woman working in monumental bronze sculpting. She is recognized internationally as one of the finest sculptors living today. Estella’s genuine spiritual nature defines her commitment to integrity and authenticity in her art and in her life.
She has studied and trained with mentors including her mother, her grandmother, and most notably with Native American sculptor Allen Houser-Haozous.
The Loretto St. Kateri Foundation
The Loretto St. Kateri Foundation is a non-profit organization that support and empower the well-being of Native American Girls and Women by providing financial and personal assistance for education and basic needs, and to in-crease the presence of Native Peoples through Native American Art in the United States and internationally.
Currently, the Loretto St. Kateri Foundation is raising funds to install a statue of St. Kateri, the first and only Native American Saint, at the Vatican in Rome.
Estella was commissioned by Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan to create a monumental bronze statue of Saint Kateri, which has welcomed visitors at the entrance to Saint Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, NM, since 2003.
“…as patron of ecology and the environment, Kateri teaches us how to love and respect the created world and care for it.”
–Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Canada
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was a Catholic American Indian who became known as the Lily of the Mohawks. Under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, she was beatified in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter’s Basilica on 21 October 2012.
2018 – Invited to attend the Inauguration of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
2018 – Installation and Ceremony for “Deer Dancer” at the home of Scott and Kimberly Sheffield, Forked Lightning Ranch, Pecos, New Mexico.
2015 – 2017 – Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico. First exhibit of its kind featuring leading Native American Women Sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries.
2014 –Footprints: Celebrating the inspiration and influences of Allan Houser Estella was the only woman among the Native American Artists who’s lives were changed forever.