Mixed Me­dia IAIA’s fac­ulty and staff ex­hibit

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Artists seek and find their in­spi­ra­tion for a themed ex­hibit of works in sculp­ture, paint­ing, bead­work, jew­elry, mul­ti­me­dia art, and in­stal­la­tions by fac­ulty and staff at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts. The an­nual ex­hibit in­cludes works by print­maker and painter Linda Lom­a­haftewa, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at IAIA; the in­sti­tute’s as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of cre­ative writ­ing, James Thomas Stevens; and mul­ti­me­dia in­stal­la­tion artist and IAIA’s in­terim aca­demic dean Char­lene Teters. “Teach­ing is a cher­ished cul­tural skill amongst Na­tive peo­ple and as such I take my re­spon­si­bil­ity as a teacher to heart,” Teters writes in her artist state­ment. “My art, lec­tur­ing and teach­ing has cen­tered around achiev­ing a na­tional shift in the per­cep­tion of Na­tive peo­ple.” The ex­hibit is a chance to see the cre­ative im­pulses and vi­sion of those who en­cour­age younger gen­er­a­tions of artists. The show, in the Balzer Con­tem­po­rary Edge Gallery in the Aca­demic Build­ing on cam­pus (83 Avan Nu Po Road, 505-424-2300), opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Thurs­day, Feb. 26.

IAIA and the Balzer are also host­ing an art com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded in the Amer­i­can In­dian Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Con­sor­tium’s con­fer­ence at the Al­bu­querque Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (401 2nd St. N.W., Al­bu­querque, 505-768-4575) from March 14 through March 17. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and can be com­pleted on­line at www.nava­jotech.edu/ai­hec/.

The spring sea­son at the gallery wraps up on April 16 through May 7 with the Se­nior Grad­u­at­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion, in which nine stu­dents show their the­sis projects in the gallery and at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around cam­pus.

— Michael Abatemarco

Alex Shapiro: Un­ti­tled , 2015, seed beads; top, No­cona Burgess: Cir­cle of Power-Plenty Coup , 2014, acrylic on can­vas

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