Career Highlights

2018 Invited to attend the Inauguration of  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Estella and Senator Tom Udall.

2018 Installation and Ceremony for “Deer Dancer” at the home of Scott and Kimberly Sheffield, Forked Lightning Ranch, Pecos, New Mexico.

Blessing of the Land and installation of the “Deer Dancer”.

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.

“Morning Prayer”, 7,5 feet, bronze.

2014Footprints: Celebrating the inspiration and influences of Allan Houser Estella was the only woman among the Native American Artists who’s lives were changed forever.

Footprints, 2014, at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

Kateri and Estella.


2012 Traveling to the Vatican with Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan for the canonization of the first Native American Saint, Kateri Tekakwitha.


2008 Awarded Kellogg Foundation grant to teach in Africa.


2007 Estella Loretto opens her Gallery at the Inn and Spa at the Loretto Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.


2007 Installation of “Unfolded Blessing”, 9 ft tall, at the East Entrance at the Indian Pueblo cultural Center, New Mexico.

2001 Installation of  “Morning Prayer” (monumental bronze) at Santa Fe Indian School.

2000 Permanent Installation of monumental bronzes at Sandia Resort, Casino and Spa.

1997 Albuquerque Museum, Installation of monumental bronze “Earth Mother”.

“Earth Mother”, (close-up).

1996 Installation of  “Re-awakening, Deer Dancer” at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

“Re-awakening, Deer Dancer”, 11 feet (with the base), bronze.