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October 2010

Art in the Raw, painting by Cameron Martinez

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rawstudent run exhibition showcases raw talent

DEVELOPED AND CURATED BY STUDENTS, the Institute of American Indian Arts' "Art in the Raw" exhibit showcases all types of artworks and mediums submitted by students. No matter the content, no matter the medium, no artwork is turned away, giving this exhibit a unique, diverse and eclectic approach to student exhibitions.

"Art in the Raw" began in 1999 when IAIA was located on the College of Santa Fe (CSF) campus. In response to censorship issues at that time, students from both the IAIA and CSF rebelled against the restrictions in the display of their artworks. "Art in the Raw" is still continued through student initiative and is the only exhibit which is entirely in the hands of IAIA students.

This year "Art in the Raw" premiers Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. with a special opening reception at the Primitive Edge Gallery, IAIA, 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87508. The exhibit will remain up through Thursday, October 28, 2010.

For more information, call 505.424.5745.

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Rose B. Simpson, photo by Karl Duncan

Rose B. Simpson, photo by Karl Duncan
rosesanta clara pueblo artist shares her unique perspective at talk

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE Arts (MoCNA) and the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA, New Mexico Committee) will host artist Rose B. Simpson for a special presentation entitled Perspective: an Association on Friday, October 29, 2010.

Simpson was raised in Santa Fe and Santa Clara Pueblo among an extended family of artists, including her mother, well-known ceramic sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and her father, wood and metal artist Patrick Simpson. Being from both Native and non-Native descent, and with art and philosophy primary in both families, Rose Simpson pursued the pure expression of truth through many forms of art including sculpture, printmaking, drawing, creative writing, music, and dance. Her work often signifies the constant struggle between the two worlds that most modern Indigenous peoples survive through; traditional and the colonialist perspective/assimilation. At a young age, she has produced an impressive body of award-winning work and is already an established and well-known artist.

Through her recent studies at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Simpson has had the opportunity to experience a world of unfamiliar terrain. On Friday, October 29, 2010 (appropriately dubbed Rose Simpson Day), using a time-line of work, she will reveal some of her findings, taking us with her on the journey that has sparked new fires of creativity and query.

Simpson's presentation is at 4:00 p.m. at MoCNA, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, where her exhibition Matterings is currently on display. Reservations are $30 per person and include an hors d'oeuvres reception with the artist following the presentation. Proceeds support the artist and organizing non-profits.

To make reservations, contact MoCNA at 505.428.5909 or membership@iaia.edu. Alternatively, send your check to MoCNA, attention Guin White, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. Be sure to include $30 per person and attendees' names along with a phone number so reservations can be confirmed.

This event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Chiaroscuro Gallery. Special thanks to: John Addison/Chiaroscuro Gallery, Mrs. Susan Berk/NMWA-NM, Ms. Chris Kemper, Dr. Robert Martin/IAIA, Patsy Phillips/MoCNA, Michelle McGeough, and Anonymous.

For more information, please call 505.428.5909.

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Dylan Miner and Will Wilson

Dylan Miner and Will Wilson,
photos courtesy of the artists.

insession2advancing the dialogue on contemporary native arts one "session" at a time

IN SESSION: CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY Native Artists and Scholars is an extension of the MoCNA and IAIA's Vision Project bringing together artists, authors, curators, art historians, anthropologists, and cultural workers to discuss their contribution to the Project and the field of contemporary Native Arts. In Session conversations supports MoCNA's goal of establishing an indigenous arts discourse that reflects the vibrancy and potency of field at its most current level of activity.

In the next installment on Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Metis artist, activist, and historian, Dylan Miner exchanges ideas with MoCNA's Vision Project Manager, Dine' artist and photographer, Will Wilson.

Miner spends his time traversing the contested and colonial borders of North America. His work has been exhibited at the University of Arizona, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Native American Rights Fund, the United Nations, the Institute of American Indian Arts, La Galerķa de la Raza, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, amongst countless other spaces. He has had five solo shows in 2010 and was recently awarded an Artist Leadership Grant from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). Engaged in developing new forms of artistic practice, Miner is a founding-member of the artists' cooperative Justseeds. He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Wilson is a photographer who spent his formative years on the Navajo Nation. Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson's complex and nuanced oeuvre fully developed while studying photography at the University of New Mexico, as well as during his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum and in 2010 was awarded a grant from the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation. He is also an educator and has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Oberlin College, and the University of Arizona. Currently, Wilson manages the Vision Project, a Ford Foundation funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In Session is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Call 505.428.5922 for more information.

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Native Foods and Farms

foodwkshpharvest knowledge of native foods and wellness this october with iaia's center for lifelong education

THE CENTER FOR LIFELONG EDUCATION at IAIA will host Native Foods and Farms: Connecting Native Food Systems and Community Wellness on Friday, October 15, 2010.

Presentations and demonstrations begin at 9:30 a.m. and will cover:
  • Investing in Community Wellness: Tribally owned agribusinesses and how they impact community
  • Native Agriculture Support Systems: Native based nonprofits that assist Native food systems
  • Potential Markets for Native Specialty Crops: Connecting Native food producers with local buyers
  • Traditional Foods | The Basis for Wellness: Cooking and tasting demonstrations
Featured Presenters include:
  • The Oneida Community Integrated Food System
  • The Natwani Coalition
  • Tierra Lucero and The Red Willow Center
  • Dollie and Annie Watts, authors of "Where People Feast-An Indigenous Cookbook"
  • Santa Ana Pueblo Agricultural Enterprises
  • Bon Appetit Food Services
  • The Culinary Arts Class from Santa Fe Indian School
For more information, call 505.424.5950 or email

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Nocona Burgess

Nocona Burgess, photo courtesy of the artist

nburgess"private practice" showcases iaia staff/faculty talents beyond the 9 to 5

PRIVATE PRACTICE IS A FREE lecture series featuring artist presentations, readings, and academic research highlighting the talent and diversity of IAIA faculty and staff. This unique occasion offers our members and visitors a peek into IAIA's creative and academic community by recognizing and supporting the work of IAIA faculty and staff beyond the classroom, studio, desk and/or office.
Private Practice talks will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico once a month on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. A reception following the presentation is included.

The inaugural presentation, on Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., will feature renowned Comanche artist Nocona Burgess.

Burgess, an acclaimed painter who was born into one of the most noble of American Indian lineages, is the great-great grandson of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker. His work is widely collected and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. He works as the Student Activities Coordinator at IAIA's Center for Student Life.

For more information, call 505.428.5922.

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Through 01/02/11
Dry Ice: Alaska Native Artists and the Landscape; Oblique Drift: Nicholas Galanin; Round-UP: Torry Mendoza; It Wasn't a Dream of Golden Cities: PostCommodity; Matterings: Rose Simpson; and Apaches & Angels: Douglas Miles

Through 10/31/10
Doggie Dog - celebrating the important role of man's best friend in Native culture

10/04/10, 5:30-7:30 PM
Modernists After Hours at MoCNA
A reception especially for those ages 21-40s sponsored by MoCNA, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Intermezzo/Santa Fe Opera and JoAnn Balzer  Find us on Facebook

10/10/10, 2-3PM
Private Practice: A Talk with Nocona Burgess
Free and open to the public

10/23/10, 2-3 PM

In Session: A Conversation with Dylan Miner and Will Wilson
Free and open to the public

10/29/10, 4-6 PM
MoCNA and NMWA-NM present Perspective: An Association with Rose B. Simpson
$30 per person, includes artists presentation and reception sponsored by Chiaroscuro; call 505.428.5909 for reservations

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10/07/10 through 10/28/10

Art in the Raw
10/07, 5:00 PM Opening reception
Call IAIA's Primitive Edge Gallery at 505.424.5745 for more information

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Native Foods and Farms: Connecting Native Food Systems and Community Wellness
Call 505.424.5950 for more information
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