contemporary visual artist
Born 1953, Western Shoshone/Washoe
Lives in Duckwater, Nevada
Born in Reno, Nevada, Jack Malotte was raised on the Walker River Indian Reservation and attended Wooster High School in Reno, Nevada. At the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (1971-74), he was influenced by the work of Arthur Okamura, Jack Mendenhall, and Chuck Close. Malotte also worked as a U.S. Forest Service Firefighter. Malotte currently resides in Duckwater, Nevada, a rural and isolated community located in central Nevada. He is an enrolled member of the South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone.
Malotte does not maintain a formal resume, but he is very active in a regional artist collective known as the Great Basin Native Artists. Through this group, his work is frequently exhibited in rural and urban art galleries and art centers throughout the state of Nevada. For many years Malotte produced graphics for the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc., the Western Shoshone Sacred Lands Association, and the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice. Malotte has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of the Northern Plains, Montana; C.N. Gorman Museum, Davis, California; the Institute of American Indian Arts, New Mexico; the Belson-Brown and River Run Galleries, Idaho; and La Paza Graphics, California. In 1998, Malotte's work was included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
His artworks are in the permanent collections of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Nevada Museum of Art.
The Nevada Museum of Art will organize major solo exhibition featuring Jack Malotte’s work in June 2019 and publish a book on his work.