Get­ting schooled

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For col­lege and grad­u­ate-level stu­dents in New Mex­ico, SITE Santa Fe’s Scholar Pro­gram is a door­way to op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and en­rich­ment that of­fers them ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties or­ga­nized around SITE’s shows, as well as oc­ca­sions for net­work­ing and for ex­hibit­ing their own art­work. Each year, the stu­dents en­gage in in­di­vid­ual cre­ative projects, some of which are in­spired by SITE ex­hi­bi­tions. Par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gram are drawn from the art de­part­ments of the Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign, the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico, the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts, the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege, St. John’s Col­lege, and High­lands Uni­ver­sity. Each school nom­i­nates top stu­dents who demon­strate pro­fes­sion­al­ism and cre­ativ­ity in their prac­tices and who are then in­vited to take part in the pro­gram.

Two ex­hi­bi­tions of works by alumni open this spring. The first, at SITE (1606 Paseo de Per­alta), be­gins on Fri­day, April 10, with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion and com­prises artists from last year’s pro­gram, in­clud­ing Seiya Bowen, Diana Padilla, and Laura Walk­ing­stick. Bowen’s pho­to­graphs doc­u­ment a dis­ap­pear­ing town on the coast of Ja­pan whose younger gen­er­a­tions are leav­ing for larger cities. Padilla paints por­traits of kid­nap­pers in Mex­ico whose crimes have con­trib­uted to a cul­ture of fear and death. Walk­ing­stick’s work is in­spired by her mother who, as a Na­tive Amer­i­can grow­ing up in the 1940s, ex­pe­ri­enced a cul­ture of forced as­sim­i­la­tion at a board­ing school run by the Bureau of In­dian Af­fairs.

The sec­ond ex­hibit opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on April 30, at Peters Projects (1011 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-954-5800). Works by 11 artists who have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram, in­clud­ing Hannah Hoel, Brandee Caoba, and Trang Vu, will be shown. Cur­rent SITE Schol­ars will present their work in Novem­ber. For in­for­ma­tion call SITE at 505-989-1199.

— Michael Abatemarco

Laura Walk­ing­stick: Board­ing School Raggedy Ann Doll , 2003,

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