University of New Mexico Department of Art and Art History 24th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition


Jess Peri, Embudito Walls, archival inkjet print, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

The UNM Art Museum and the Graduate Art Association invite you to celebrate the opening of the exhibition: Here Now: University of New Mexico Department of Art and Art History 24th Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition.

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IAIA Artist-in-Residence Workshops: Christa Cassano and Wayne Nez Gaussoin


Friday, February 23,  9:30 a.m. – 12 noon and 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2nd floor MoCNA Project Lab

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo) in a jewelry workshop from 9:30am-12noon. Gaussoin will discuss his practice and participants will be guided through a creative process with the artist. This event is limited to 10 participants with a fee of $10 for materials.

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of Colville, Arrow Lakes Band) in a drawing workshop from 2-3:30pm. Cassano, will discuss her practice and participants will create a self-portrait of either hands, feet or face with the guidance of the artist. This event is limited to 15 participants with a fee of $10 for materials.

Reclaimed Passion Show Creations by Jennnifer Olson on Exhibit at the Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery

By Jennifer Olson

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Jemez Springs Artisans Gallery interior

I have enjoyed working with semi-precious stones and making jewelry for many years. At times, I became obsessed with it, and made it with passion. Then, the passion would begin to wane. I still enjoyed it – just not as much.

I recently started working with metal and getting really excited about it. It’s doing the trick. The passion is back! The possibilities seem endless, and I’m having some serious fun creating new jewelry.

So, come on by the Artisans Gallery and say those three magic words – “I want it!” That would make me so happy, my passion will overflow.

My creations will be there February 2rd – through the 16th. If you show up on Saturday, the 10th, between 1 and 3, I’ll be there to say “hi”, feed you snacks, and smile at you. You might even be able to commission me to make something just for you. And while you’re there, you can browse others works of passion.

O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Lake) Finds “Forever Home” at the New Mexico Museum of Art


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In honor of the New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial year celebration, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation made permanent its long-term loan of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Desert Abstraction (Bear Laketo the Museum. With this move, the 1931 O’Keeffe piece, becomes part of the Museum of Art’s permanent collection.  The painting is currently on display in the Governor’s Residence.

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December Events at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

Brown Bag it with MoCNA: IAIA Artist-in-Residence Talk

Friday, December 8 | 12noon-1:30pm
2nd Floor MoCNA Project Lab


Bring your lunch and join IAIA Artists-in-Residence as they discuss their artistic practice. All artists conclude their month of participation in the IAIA Artist-in- Residence program on the IAIA campus with this event. Featuring IAIA A-i-R artists, Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Reed Brown (Koyukan Athabascan)and Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).
This event is free to the public.

Three New Exhibitions Open at Newly-Refurbished Museum of Art


Laura Gilpin, Campo Santo at El Valle, 1961, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 5/8 in


The New Mexico Museum of Art launches its Centennial year celebration Saturday, November 25, after being closed more than two months for a significant renovation.  Three new exhibitions opened as New Mexico’s first Museum sets out on its second century.

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Institute of American Indian Arts November 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program


Athena LaTocha.

The Institute of American Indian Arts(IAIA) continues their series of month-long artist residencies at the school which began in August, 2015 and announces the Artist-in-Residence Schedule of Activities for November 2017. Native and First Nations artists were selected to come to Santa Fe to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program includes public receptions and artist talks from each of the artists. A selection committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed applications for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program and selected artists for the 2017 sessions.

The November A-i-R artists are: Athena LaTocha (Hunkpapa Lakota/Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe),
Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga), Jason Brown (Koyukan Athabascan), and
Wanesia Spry Misquadace (Fond du Lac Ojibway).

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New Mexico Museum of Art Reopens with New Exhibitions


Photo  Blair Clark

Karl Baden, Untitled (Selective Tones), 1983

Split-toned gelatin silver print, from negative with applied cliché-verre, 12 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.


Photo Jamey Stillings 
Susan York, Floating Column, 2008

Solid graphite.  Collection of the Lannan Foundation

After being closed since mid-September for an extensive renovation, on the 25th of this month the New Mexico Museum of Art reopens launching its Centennial year celebration. Two exhibitions, one,  Contact: Local to Global, highlights some world famous leading figures in art who have lived and worked in the region, and the other, Shifting Light : Photographic Perspectives,  a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s engagement with photography.

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…and other upcoming events at the UNM Art Museum.

Episode Airs Saturday, November 4, 4:00pm

New Mexico PBS/KNME-TV
Tune into ¡COLORES! New Mexico PBS to watch an interview with the curator of “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos.  In this segment Pablo Ortiz-Monasterio shares how these photographs, which lay hidden in the Frida Kahlo Museum for over 50 years, expand our understanding of her life and art.
¡COLORES! is a weekly art series with stories devoted to the creative spirit. The series features local and national stories about film, visual and performing arts, theater, photography, literature, painting, sculpture, poetry and dance.

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A Discussion of Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces


Please join the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in a special evening with IAIA A-i-R artists, Erica Lord (Athabaskan), Peter Williams (Yup’ik) and Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of Colville). The IAIA Artist-in- Residence (A-i-R) Programs host artists for residencies taking place on the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the academic year.

A Discussion of Fashion, Photography, and Art in Public Spaces
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 5:30 -7:00pm
MoCNA Project Lab 2nd Floor

This event is free to the public.

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‘Acoustic Phenomena’ To Be Recorded By World-Renowned Multimedia Composer at Chaco Culture National Historical Park


New York-based composer and multimedia artist, Grant Culter, concentrates his artistic focus in sensory experiences as Chaco Canyon National Historical Park’s newest Artist-in-Residence. The program is offered as the collaboration between the National Park Service and non-profit organization, National Parks Arts Foundation.
There will be a FREE presentation and field-recording workshop offered to the public on October 28th . Culter will be hosting the event, where he looks forward to assisting guests with soundtracking the distinctive auditory ambiance of the park. “In facilitating recordings, and the act of listening to sounds around them amplified in headphones, I hope to present to others a new tool with which to engage with the richness of this environment…” Said the artist, regarding his intended outcome of the workshop. The artist will also be leading discussions regarding his artistic process and productive experience at the Chaco Culture Visitor Center Auditorium.

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Features Strong Line-up of Indigenous Films


Return to Rainy Mountain and Tribute to Scott Momaday is directed by Jill Momaday.

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) to be included as one of their community-level sponsors.
The Ninth Annual SFIFF is the premiere film event in Santa Fe, showcasing the very best independent films of 2017 in Santa Fe’s top theaters. This year, the SFIFF runs from October 18, 2017 through October 22, 2017, featuring five days of independent film, social events, and numerous instructive and exploratory workshops. SFIFF’s goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich the Santa Fe community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico. For this year’s schedule and more information please visit, or call 505.349.1414.
As part of the 2017 programming, the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) presents a special slate of Native American Film programming which features narratives, documentaries, and shorts with a unique perspective on Native America and Indigenous communities. These films include the top Indigenous films of 2017, plus local selections and films by up-and-coming Native Filmmakers.

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The 60s: Great Dreams or Nightmares



Divine Union, 1970, California. Museum Collection of Yogi Bhajan,Siri Singh Sahib of Sikh Dharma.

The way you answer that question may depend on your age, your gender, your geographic location, your income, and your race. The Bay Area, Mississippi, Taos, Greenwich Village, and Chicago tell different stories, with some common threads running through them. For some, it was a time of great promise and renewed social activism; for others, these same activities posed a challenge to the established order and a threat to national security.

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Bandelier Welcomes Artist in Residence for October

By Chris Judson


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Lisa Grossman, Bandelier National Monument’s Artist in Residence in October.

Bandelier National Monument is happy to introduce this month’s Artist in Residence, Lisa Grossman.  In the two weeks she will be here, she is planning to work on a series of oil and watercolor landscapes. She wants to investigate progressions, such as the evolution of light and shadow across the land and archaeological sites, and the effects of wind, weather, and dramatic forces of nature.

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Jemez Photographers Show In Matrix Fine Art Gallery Albuquerque

“Three Lenses” is a show featuring the work of three Jemez Springs photographers: Robin Davidson, Jim Caffrey and Theodore Greer. The show is at the Matrix Fine Art Gallery, 3812 Central Ave. SE, in Albuquerque, and will run through the month of October.

The artists’ reception is on First Friday Arts Crawl, Oct. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Earth Art Workshop for Adults and Children at the Los Alamos Nature Center


Green to Yellow Leaves by Andy Goldsworthy.

On Sunday, October 8, local artist and educator Liz Martineau will offer an Earth Art Workshop for adults and children at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Based on the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy, Earth Art provides participants inspiration to create their own works of art using natural materials.

The workshop is $8 for individuals and $10 for a pair of artists working together. Advance registration is available at

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IAIA Artists-in-Residence in the Coming Month


Erica Lord.

Erica Lord is an interdisciplinary artist who explores concepts and issues that exist within a contemporary Indigenous experience and how culture and identity are affected in a rapidly changing world. Lord draws on her experience of growing up between Alaska and Upper Michigan and her mixed race cultural identity drawn from her Athabaskan, Iñupiat, Finnish, Swedish, Japanese, and English descent. In order to address a multiple or mixed identity, Lord uses a variety of mediums to construct new, ambiguous, or challenging representations of race.

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Get Up Close With Ultra-High Resolution Images Frederico Vigil’s 4,000-Square-Foot Fresco and Other Masterpieces Online on Google Arts and Culture


Frederico Vigil and part of the fresco.

Frederico Vigil’s Mundos de Mestizaje can now be viewed in never-before-seen high definition thanks to Gigapixel technology, a powerful photo-capturing process which has enabled images of this work to be seen in the highest resolution ever. Viewers can explore it in extraordinary detail and experience it far beyond what is visible to the naked eye, as a monumental fresco that depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history and highlights diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas.

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Hiking Looming Birding Movies and Drawing and Painting (what more could you ask for) At the Pajarito Environmental Education Center

By Sandra West


Photo Chris Swanson.

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On Sunday, October 8, avid hiker Chris Swanson will lead an afternoon hike to our local window rock. This hike is about two miles round trip with around 400 feet of elevation gain.

To participate, register online at Afterward, meet Chris and other hikers at 1:00 p.m. on October 8 at Mitchell Trailhead (located at the corner of Arizona and 45th streets). Participants need to bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, and good hiking shoes or boots.

Chris Swanson is a long time avid hiker and trail runner who also enjoys rock scrambling and nature photography. New to Los Alamos, Chris moved here in 2016 from Southern California and hit the ground running (literally), learning and loving the local trails.

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Opera On The Rocks Tickets Almost Gone

By Chris Judson


September 30 is approaching fast – the date for this year’s Opera On The Rocks at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater in Bandelier National Monument.  It’s the sixth annual Opera event, presented by the park along with Opera Alta, Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Guilds of the Santa Fe Opera, Inc.,  and Atomic City Transit. The tickets are nearly gone – check right away to get the few that are left.

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Resilient Fibers


The IAIA Artists-in-Residence for the month of September are all fiber artists. Join to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts  on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for hands-on experiences with interesting materials: wool, bark, grasses, and cured fish skin. Gain insight into techniques and materials featured in the exhibition Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native Art. Janice George (Squamish Nation) introduces Coast Salish weaving, Leanne Campbell (Coeur d’Alene) shows twining techniques used in basketry, and Martha Nielsen (Kokhanok Village) shares Alaskan fish skin as a material for clothing.

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Heaps of (Multi-Species) Stories

Subhankar Banerjee
Professor of Art and Ecology & Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair of Land Arts of the American West

Vast number of caribou and vast number of snow goose overlap in space but not in time on the Arctic tundra and get entangled through their droppings that lead to nourishing. That we can call, multi-species world-making. And the art of telling the story? Multi-species storytelling. There is more. “We are the caribou people,” say the Gwich’in indigenous people of the Arctic North America. That is multi-species cosmology. Soon a heap of stories form and become a powerful agent of political action to resist oil extraction and advocate for environmental justice and conservation. And that would be—multi-species cosmo-politics.

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