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Dou­glas L. Nelson and Julie S. Rivers were elected to the School of Ad­vanced Re­search’s board of di­rec­tors on Feb. 27. Nelson brings ex­pe­ri­ence as a lo­cal CPA and is a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized in­vest­ment ad­vi­sor. His ré­sumé in the arts in­cludes work­ing as cur­rent trea­surer for New Mex­ico Lawyers for the Arts, and he is for­mer trea­surer of the Lake Ta­hoe Shake­speare Fes­ti­val. Nelson is also the au­thor of the book Art, Artists, and Money. Rivers is a lo­cal at­tor­ney with the firm of Ger­ber and Bate­man with ex­per­tise in es­tate plan­ning, me­di­a­tion, lit­i­ga­tion, and col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vices. Rivers, who holds a Ju­ris Doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa law school, where she is an ad­junct pro­fes­sor in fam­ily law, serves on the Min­i­mum Con­tin­u­ing Le­gal Education Com­mis­sion Board of the New Mex­ico Bar As­so­ci­a­tion and is on the board of the Santa Fe Es­tate Plan­ning Coun­cil. She is also a guest lec­turer at Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Trans­parency and equity are two of the mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tors be­hind the up­dated ju­ry­ing process for In­dian Mar­ket. In past years, art­work was judged on a set of three cri­te­ria, and artists could be awarded points de­pend­ing on how well they met the cri­te­ria. “Each judge — typ­i­cally three judges — would give a score based on th­ese three cri­te­ria and then they would take the me­dian score — an av­er­age of all three judges’ scores — with a per­fect score of 15,” Dallin May­bee of the South­west­ern As­so­ci­a­tion for In­dian Arts told Pasatiempo in Au­gust 2015. But a greater num­ber of artists typ­i­cally ap­ply to cat­e­gories such as pot­tery and jew­elry than other cat­e­gories, so SWAIA ended up with more artists with qual­i­fy­ing scores than there were avail­able booths. For a more di­verse se­lec­tion of art­work, SWAIA now iden­ti­fies tar­get per­cent­ages for each cat­e­gory, so that those with a po­ten­tially large num­ber of ap­pli­cants can be capped to al­low room to grow other cat­e­gories. Un­der the new model, artists are se­lected in a blind process by a panel of cu­ra­tors, mu­seum di­rec­tors, artists, and other arts pro­fes­sion­als — ex­perts in their cho­sen fields. An artist’s past awards and ac­co­lades are not con­sid­ered. Scores up to 25 points can be given in each cri­te­ria for a to­tal of 100 pos­si­ble points. Judg­ing is based on tech­ni­cal ex­e­cu­tion, con­cept, de­sign and cre­ativ­ity, aes­thet­ics, and whether or not an ob­ject meets In­dian Mar­ket stan­dards. “Is it a piece that’s re­flec­tive of a fine art piece or is it more of a craft piece — which is a very dif­fi­cult thing to de­fine some­times with Na­tive art, be­cause a lot of our ob­jects were util­i­tar­ian in na­ture but have now been el­e­vated to ex­tremely high-level art forms,” May­bee told Pasatiempo in Fe­bru­ary. “Hope­fully, we’re pick­ing jurors who are go­ing to find a me­dian across the board.” An art­work may score low aes­thet­i­cally for one ju­ror but higher on tech­ni­cal ex­e­cu­tion. “The greater cri­te­ria that we now have will al­low some of those dif­fer­ences of sub­jec­tive opin­ion to even them­selves out,” he said.

Julie S. Rivers

Dou­glas L. Nelson

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