Timeline of Media and Accomplishments
Heard Museum - March 4 & 5, 2017; Made first appearance at the museum as a demonstration for woodcarving with a machete and represented the Yoeme/Yaqui tribe.
California Teacher Association - February 27 & 28, 2015; Guest Speaker at the CTA Conference, Valenzuela gave a presentation on Yoeme/Yaqui culture and mask carving. At the end of the conference was honored with a marble plaque.
Old Tucson –January 25, 2014 through Current; Artwork of Yoeme Artist Louis David Valenzuela is featured at the Last Outpost gift shop.
Indian Country Today- February 27, 2014; “Machete Master: Masks by Yoeme Carver Louis Valenzuela” A one page spread on his transformation of woodcarving using a machete
Green Valley News & Sun - January 15, 2014; “In his hands: Yaqui carver turns stump into piece of art” A one page spread on transforming a tree stump into a spiritual pole (aka a totem) for a neighborhood in Green Valley.
International Exhibit at Hokkaido University Museum in Japan – 2011 through 2012 Indigenous Peoples and Borders, “World of the Yaqui People” by Yuka Mizutani
New Mexico State University – May 01, 2010; “The Art Making Yaqui Masks” carving demonstration by Louis David Valenzuela. Valenzuela will be demonstrating the art of carving Yaqui masks and discussing the tradition of mask making.
Southern Arizona Guide - November 15, 2009; “Louis David Valenzuela: Yoeme / Yaqui Woodcarver” A full web page devoted to Valenzuela, his carving and his Yoeme culture. Includes a vivd slideshow and in-depth descriptions.
Joel D. Valdez Mina Library - November 15, 2009; Rural Art Showcase Artist Talk The Joel D. Valdez Main Library and the Tucson Pima Arts Council proudly present: Nationally acclaimed Yaqui wood carver and visual artist Louis David Valenzuela will discuss the process he uses to produce his Pascola masks and traditional wood carvings
Tucson Pima Arts Council: October 30th – November 30th, 2009; Rural Art Showcase at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library Gallery, 101 N. Stone Ave. in the Heart of Downtown Tucson, Arizona.
AZ Daily Star- October 04, 2009;Video: Yoeme Mask Maker Louis David Valenzuela Article: Masks Reveal the Maker’s Inner Self- Louis David Valenzuela is seated on an old kitchen chair in a favored spot in his home art studio — a corner of his backyard shaded by trees and screened for privacy with palm fronds woven through the chain-link fence... Rosalie Robles Crowe reports.
LUMIES: Tucson Pima Arts and Business Awards - May, 2009; Individual Achievement/Emerging Artist- For outstanding innovation and contribution in a field of art by an emerging artist. After 36 years of persistence and searching for his true calling, Louis David Valenzuela has come far on his own; his sculptures, masks and paintings that highlight his Yoeme heritage and culture are a gift to Tucson. They are now seen, appreciated, and collected by a new market of art lovers. An ambassador and advocate for the arts of his people, Louis opens the door for non-Yoeme to learn about the Yoeme people in a visually exciting way. More importantly, Louis remains true to his roots, proud of his ancestry. He is recognized within his own community for his work and is a mentor to youngsters who, like himself, wish to pursue art as a means of sharing their ancient tradition and culture.
Tucson Citizen.com –March, 2009; “The Marvels of Pascua Yaqui Art” An informative article about Yoeme art, symbolism, and the Yoeme Artists Association, Valenzuela is interviews and the Tucson Citizen recommends this website.
Southwest Indian Art Fair – February, 2009; “Spirit of the Deer” by Louis David Valenzuela, Yaqui Description: Hand carved Yaqui deer dancer, made out of cottonwood and tuff of horsehair with paper flowers representing nature. About this Award: Awarded for carving that adheres most too cultural content, other than a Kachina doll.
Arizona Public Media (PBS)- March 26, 2008; Video: Keeping Yaqui Culture Alive –Story by Joseph Leingang, Sculptor Louis David Valenzuela is doing everything he can do to keep the Yaqui culture alive through his art. Valenzuela’s pascola masks are in the collection of the Arizona State Museum. In this story, you will see how and why he created those sacred masks.
American Indian Art Magazine- Summer 2007; "Yoeme Pascola Masks from the Tucson Communities: A Look Back” by Thomas M. Kolaz Featured in the magazine explaining Valenzuela is the only other Yoeme carver in Tucson to continue to carve pascola masks
Tucson Guide Magazine- Spring 2006; “Creative Spirits” by Mark Mussari A full page story of Mr. Valenzuela’s life and art work of carving, clay sculptures and painting.
Arizona State Museum- January 11 through February 28, 2003; “The Art of Louis David Valenzuela” Louis David Valenzuela is one of the best-know Yaqui artists living in Arizona. Valenzuela was featured in a one-man exhibition at the Arizona State Museum