Hotel Chaco Part 4: Art & Sensibility

When Hotel Chaco opens to guests this spring, it opens the doors to a celebration of local and regional arts and traditions that can be enjoyed throughout its public spaces, guest rooms and landscape.

The hotel’s interior was designed by Kris Lejeskie, of firm Kris Lejeskie Designs. Lejeskie drew inspiration from local artists and a true artisan nature of indigenous painters, sculptors and basket-weavers.

Joe Cajero works on his piece "Oneness" commissioned for Hotel Chaco

Joe Cajero works on his piece “Oneness” commissioned for Hotel Chaco

“In particular, we sought out Native American artisans who were inspired to connect with their ancestry,” Lajeskie says.

Joe Cajero, Rhett Lynch and Patricia Michaels are among the prominent contemporary Native American artists whose special commissions help give the hotel its unique style.

Hotel Chaco, a Heritage Hotels & Resorts property, is inspired by the mystique and grandeur of Chaco Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was a major center of Pueblo and Native American culture for thousands of years with its height of activity between roughly 900 and 1150 AD. You can book rooms and events now.

The artists creating the custom and unforgettable art for Hotel Chaco include:

  • Painter Tony Abeyta (Navajo)
  • Painter Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo)
  • Sculptor Joe Cajero (Jemez Pueblo)
  • Potter and sculptor Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo)
  • Glass blower Ira Lujan (Taos/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos)
  • Painter Rhett Lynch (Navajo (Diné))
  • Fashion designer Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo)
  • Sculptor Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo)
  • Weavers from Toadlena Trading Post

You can learn more about these artists and their works at

This spring, step into a world of tradition and story through art.

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