Dr. Tony Landon McGregor, a Southwestern De’ VIA Deaf artist, is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, known as the heart of the Southwest. Tony is well-known for wood-burning gourd art techniques that reflect both American Deaf culture and Native American cultures in the Southwest and he also incorporates turquoise stones, Navajo jewelry, and Zuni animal fetishes on the gourds. This unique juxtaposition of two cultures concept was created and became known as Southwestern De’ VIA art, which he debuted at the 5th Deaf Studies Conference’s national juried Deaf art show in Oakland, California in 1999.
Dr. McGregor had earned four degrees in Studio Art, Art Education, and multicultural Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. His doctoral dissertation focused on the life history of a Dine Deaf rug weaver, living on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area. In addition, he had illustrated and published five children’s books that center on Deaf culture and history. Dr. McGregor teaches Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children full-time in New Mexico. On the side, he spends time painting watercolors or wood-burning gourds with Southwestern De’ VIA themes.