ARTSPeak                                                                                       May 2012

Air Lab by Will Wilson, TIME 2012, Navajo Nation 



Greetings from the Executive Director.


I want to alert you to an exciting temporary public art project that New Mexico Arts is opening in May in collaboration with the Navajo Nation Museum.  Our TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) project this year entitled Harmony in the Making: Hozho Nahasdlii, will open during a gala reception on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in downtown Santa Fe.  The Navajo Nation Museum will host an opening on June 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at their facility in Window Rock, Arizona.  


For this land-based art event, public art manager Chuck Zimmer commissioned eight artists/artist teams to create temporary environmentally-based artworks across the Navajo Nation.  TIME contractor Eileen Braziel of Santa Fe coordinated the project.   Featured art reflects concepts and materials sensitive to the land and the people of the Navajo Nation.  


Jury-selected artists include Navajo and non-native artists: Raven Chacon; Shane Hendren; Chrissie Orr, teamed with Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton; Andrea Polli, working with Venaya Yazzie and Esther Belin: Matthew Chase-Daniel; Don Redman: Anna Tsouhlarakis; and Will Wilson.  The Navajo Nation Museum provided each artist with a cultural advisor, including a Navajo astronomer, a medicine man, a family of traditional weavers who dye wool, and an environmental activist. 


Artworks will be exhibited at sites across Navajo Nation in both Arizona and New Mexico, including near Canyon De Chelly; Shiprock; Tse-Bonito; Waterflowthe Navajo Nation Museum and Navajo Zoo in Window Rock; and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe.  Both museums will offer story boards of information to help visitors travel to each artwork site, including QR codes for smart phone users with access to additional information about the artists and New Mexico Arts.  The museums are also providing maps and guided media in the Dine language.  The exhibit closes September 15, 2012. 


At an earlier briefing in January, we gathered with Manualito Wheeler, Clarinda Begay, and Eunice Kahn of the Navajo Nation Museum.  I was struck by the innovation of the project as we learned that there is no Navajo word for TIME.


The project expands the view of collaboration within cultural contexts and land-based art. 


"There has never been a project of non-natives and Natives collaborating on a land-based artwork on Native land", Wheeler stated in a press release announcing the project.  "We are hoping the young budding artists are inspired by one of the most profound art concepts instead of traditional mediums in art." 


Wheeler acknowledged that this art project has served as a kind of nation-building both with the Dine communities and with the state of New Mexico, which he called "healing."


Another TIME partner, is the Skylark Foundation in Los Angeles.  Led by executive director, Barbara Schwan, the board approved a $5000 matching grant to help provide honorariums for the cultural liaisons from Navajo Nation working with the artists, as well as support for a Dine language expert to translate the artists' concepts into the Navajo language. 


National Geographic's Four Corners Geotourism website features information about Harmony in the Making and our collaboration with the Navajo Nation Museum. 


This is our eighth annual TIME project and the program continues to expand and evolve.  The program began as a training opportunity for artists interested in gaining experience in temporary land-based art.  Many partnerships have grown out of this project and there has never been a collaboration with the Navajo Nation on this level before. 


TIME and especially our partnership with Navajo Nation Museum tie in with our state Tourism Department's new ad campaign, New Mexico True, that urges visitors to experience authentic adventures in our state.  We invite you to get out on the road in the coming months and visit these unique art installations.



Morbidelli Racer by Lance Letscher, Collage on Motorcycle, AAS

New Mexico sites with project budgets from $20,000 up to $40,000 were given the opportunity to purchase existing artwork by well-known established regional artists through the Acclaimed Artist Series.  AIPP contractor Kelly Huber traveled throughout New Mexico to visit locations eligible to participate in the program.  The project is offered as a biennial opportunity for regional artists and galleries.   


Ten sites selected artwork including IAIA, ENMU, SFCC, NMSU Carlsbad, Luna County Courthouse, Moriarty High School, UNM, NM Farm and Ranch Museum, Navajo Technical College, and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Seven New Mexico counties were represented including Santa Fe, Roosevelt, Eddy, Luna, Torrance, Dona Ana, and McKinley. 


New Mexico Arts invested $443,110 to purchase artwork from artists in four states; thirty-four works of art were added to the public art collection through the Acclaimed Artist Series.

HIt the Books, David Rudolph, SFCC
Santa fe community college Hits The Books


Students at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) were recently greeted by The Books, a series of larger than life concrete book sculptures by David Rudolph. The famous Einstein quote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge" was the artist's point of departure for his installation in the courtyard between the new health sciences building and the library.

The artwork was commissioned by New Mexico Arts. Read more about the project here.


A reception for the books will be held Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 3-5 p.m. at SFCC, in the Health Sciences Building, by the Biowall.  SFCC is located at 6401 Richards Ave in Santa Fe.


Check out more photos of The Books here.


Chispa, Tom & Jean Latka, mural, ENMU - Ruidoso Branch Campus 


We are pleased to report that the finishing touches have been placed on Chispa by Tom and Jean Latka at Eastern New Mexico University's Ruidoso Branch Campus.  The hand-built and vitreous tile mural is installed on the facade of the facility. 

Chispa... the sudden realization of a great truth, the passion for knowledge and the spark that occurs when we become aware of our full potential.


See it for yourself at 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso.

In This Issue
Executive Director's Notes
Acclaimed Artist Series
SFCC Hits the Books
New Artwork in Ruidoso


Prospectus #219 New Mexico School for the Deaf Connor Hall


New Mexico Arts and New Mexico School for the Deaf seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project in Connor Hall on the school's historic campus in Santa Fe.  Professional artists demonstrating a level of experience commensurate with the project scope and budget are invited to submit qualifications to this opportunity.  Deaf artists are encouraged to apply.


Eligibility: United States

Budget: $65,500, all-inclusive

Deadline: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Apply: Online available May 17, 2012

Contact: Ben Owen, Public Art Project Coordinator



Centennial Project Space seeks to expand the reach of the state's public art program through collaboration with a diverse range of New Mexico artists.  


Centennial Project Space presents a rigorous exhibition schedule in an accessible downtown creative space committed to the presentation and promotion of space-specific installations. 


Patrick Nagatani from the Nuclear Enchantment Series  

Taos-based artist, Jonathan Blaustein, will debut his new conceptual project MINE at the Centennial Project Space on Friday, May 25th, 2012.  Blaustein is the artist behind The Value of a Dollar project that used food as a symbolic language to represent globalization, and was acquired by the State of New Mexico and the Library of Congress.


For MINE, Blaustein spent four seasons mining natural resources on his property in Northern New Mexico, he brought the harvested materials into his studio to photograph as temporary sculptures.  The goal was to objectify nature and present it as a commodity in the 21st Century.  In the space, Blaustein will exhibit the photographs, along with a new sculpture, as a site-specific installation.



New Mexico Arts seeks qualified artists and arts professionals to volunteer on statewide local selection committees.  Individuals with experience or interest in the commission of large scale integrated public art are encouraged to apply.  A minimum of three in-person meetings will be required.  Committee members independently review applications prior to selection meetings; individuals serving on the committee are ineligible to compete for that project.


The program will match potential candidates with sites in their region of the state on an as-needed basis. Please email your resume along with a statement of interest or to recommend a friend.  For more information, contact



The Albuquerque Arts Board and the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department are holding a commemorative poster competition for New Mexico's 2012 Centennial in Albuquerque. 


Read the prospectus for more information.



Zion National Park is currently accepting applications for its Artist-in-Residence program.  The program offers selected artists the opportunity to live in a historic house located on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive for a four-week period and pursue their particular art form.


Applications for the program can be downloaded from the website.  For further information, send an email



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