Mixed Media IAIA’s faculty and staff exhibit
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