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  Jessie Ryker-Crawford PhD, Associate Professor of Museum Studies

505.424.2361 or jryker@iaia.edu

  Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director

                505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu

 

 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program

SANTA FE, NM - July 22, 2019

T he Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) announces the selection of the next group of artists for the IAIA Artist-in-Residence program. Artists are selected by a campus committee consisting of students, faculty, and staff. 

Dr. Jessie Ryker-Crawford (White Earth Chippewa), Interim Artist-in-Residence Director and Associate Professor of Museum Studies observed: "This talented and innovative group of IAIA Artists-in-Residence reflect an outstanding array of artistic media and technique: from Northwest Coast formline wood carving to laser cut jewelry -- from large scale canvas painting to beadwork on photography -- these artists bring a diversity of knowledge to the campus. We are excited to welcome them, and we invite you to join us in visiting with them through radio broadcasts, open studios, and honoring dinners. All events are free and open to the general public."
Listed below are the artists who have been selected to visit the IAIA campus in Fall 2019 to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The A-i-R Program includes public receptions and artist talks by each artist. 


River Garza
Residency Dates: September 1, 2019 - September 15, 2019

River Tikwi Garza is a Los Angeles based artist that was raised in Gardena, California, a city in the South Bay region of Los Angeles. Garza is of Indigenous and Mexican descent, he is Tongva and is a member of the Ti'at Society. 

Garza's work draws on traditional Indigenous aesthetics, Southern California Indigenous maritime culture, Graffiti, Xicanx culture, and the Los Angeles urban experience. Garza received his undergraduate education from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, earning his degree in Gender, Ethnic, and Multicultural Studies. Garza integrates his Western education into the art he produces by creating work that aims to challenge the Indian mystique; his work plays on cultural clichés, Hollywood's "celluloid Indian," and the political/cultural climate of both Indian Country and mainstream society.



Jodi Webster
Residency Dates: September 1, 2019  - September 29, 2019
  
Jodi Webster holds a degree in Graphic Design, a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and MFA in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin as well as a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. 
 
As a jeweler, she is exploring the making and revitalization of jewelry done by tribes of the Upper Midwest by utilizing designs that are regionally specific to the Great Lakes Region. Her techniques range from fabrication by hand with a jeweler's saw and torch to the modern use of computer CAD (Computer Aided Design) software and 3D printing for investment casting. Her use of technology is a means of countering the stereotypes of what is ascribed to be Native American made and/or art. "Just as my ancestors acquired and used the most trending supplies of the era - such as glass beads, metal, silk, and cotton fabrics - I, too, am using the most current tools to adorn myself." 



Edwin Neel
Residency Dates: September 1, 2019 - October 27, 2019
 
Edwin Neel was Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and has inhabited various cities on Vancouver Island. He currently resides in metro Vancouver, BC. Neel has recently obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Neel is a cultural producer of First Nations heritage: of the Kwagu'ł, and Ahousaht Nations from his father and mother's side respectively. Neel is formally trained and instructed in the Kwakwaka'wakw formline and carving style by his father David Neel, an accomplished carver & jeweler. His father was initially instructed by the late Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, and Lyle Wilson who've indirectly influenced Edwin Neel's style of carving and formline design. Edwin has been given two traditional names of Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuuchahnulth Origin. The name Kasolas was given to him during his father's feast at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC in 1993, and the name Aanapis during his late maternal grandfather Henry Marshall's funerary potlatch in 2014.



David R. Boxley
Residency Dates: September 22, 2019 - October 1, 2019

David Robert Boxley, our Sealaska Heritage Institute Artist-in-Residence,  is an esteemed Tsimshian artist from Metlakatla, Alaska. Born on July 27, 1981, David Robert is the eldest son of the renowned carver David Albert Boxley.

From a very young age David Robert was passionate and proud of his culture. David Robert began carving under the instruction of his father at six years old, and around this same time he also began to travel around the United States to assist his father in raising totem poles and teaching people about Tsimshian culture. As an adult, he has continued to express the love and respect he has for Tsimshian culture through his art, cultural performance and teaching. David Robert's elegant design style is drawn from a strong tradition of Tsimshian carving and design, and has been heavily influenced by the teachings of his father and the old masters. From 2009-2011, David Robert carved alongside Haida artist Robert Davidson, and with his guidance, David Robert has honed his craft to compare with the very best in Northwest Coast art.

In addition to carving full-time, every year David Robert and his father lead their dance group, the 
Git-Hoan Dancers, in performances around North America. In addition to performing at the annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival in Indiana, the Git-Hoan Dancers have spent time in New York, Santa-Fe, Haida Gwaii, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, Anchorage and Italy. He has taught S'malgyax (Tsimshian language), Tsimshian culture and Northwest Coast design in his hometown of Metlakatla, as well as in Anchorage, Juneau and Seattle.

David Robert's works are carried in the top Northwest Coast art galleries in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Ketchikan and Anchorage.



Tom Jones
Residency Dates: October 6, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk) is an artist, curator, writer, and educator. He is a Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and and Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Columbia College
 
Jones' artwork is a commentary on American Indian identity, experience and perception. He is examining how American Indian culture is represented through popular culture and raises questions about these depictions of identity by non-Natives and Natives alike. He continues to work on an ongoing photographic essay on the contemporary life of his tribe, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. 
 
Jones co-authored the book "People of the Big Voice, Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1943." He is also the co-curator for the exhibition "For a Love of His People: the Photography of Horace Poolaw" at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). His artwork is in numerous private and public collections, most notably: the NMAI, the Polaroid Corporation, the Sprint Corporation, the Nerman Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and Microsoft.



Cougar Vigil
Residency Dates: October 6, 2019 - November 3, 2019

Cougar Vigil is an artist and an enrolled member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, whose work stems from documentation of his cultural heritage as well as rebellious experimentation with photography. Vigil received his MFA from the Pratt Institute of New York.
 
Originally trained in modern photography, Vigil breaks away from these modes and employs a more contingent philosophy - by developing contact prints with the sun as an active participant and co-author. Vigil's narratives emphasize the Indigenous perspective, as well as reactionary awareness toward the colonizer gaze. 



ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
FALL 2019 Event Schedule

Dinners and  Open Studios take place on the IAIA campus -- located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the south side of Santa Fe, minutes from the Santa Fe Community College.  For directions and a map of the campus, please visit  iaia.edu/about/visit.  



Thursday, September 5, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Dinner
 -  5:00pm - 7:00pm
Please join our newly-arrived Artist-in-Residence artists for dinner and a chance to experience the artistic process first hand. Dinner in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery at 5:00 pm.
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel, Jodi Webster, and River Garza


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

KSFR (101.1FM) "Through Our Eyes" radio broadcast - 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Tune in to KSFR 101.1 FM (or stream live at KSFR.org) to hear current Artist-in-Residence artists in conversation with Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications.
Guests:  Jodi Webster and River Garza


Thursday, September 12, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Open Studios - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop-in hours for Artist-in-Residence studio visits where you will discover more about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences. 
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel, Jodi Webster and River Garza


Thursday, September 26, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Dinner - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join our newly-arrived Artist-in-Residence artists for dinner and a chance to experience their artistic process first hand. Dinner  in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery at 5:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel, Jodi Webster, and David Boxley


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

KSFR (101.1FM) "Through Our Eyes" radio broadcast - 4:00pm - 4:30pm 
Tune in to KSFR 101.1 FM (or stream live at KSFR.org) to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists in conversation with Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications.
Guests:  Ed Neel and David Boxley


Thursday, October 3, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Open Studios - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop-in hours for Artist-in-Residence studio visits where you will discover more about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences. 
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel and David Boxley


Thursday, October 10, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Dinner - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join our current Artist-in-Residence artists for dinner and a chance to experience their artistic process first hand. Dinner  in the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery.
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel, Tom Jones, and Cougar Vigil


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

KSFR (101.1FM) "Through Our Eyes" radio broadcast - 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Tune in to KSFR 101.1 FM (or stream live at KSFR.org) to hear current IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists in conversation with Eric Davis, IAIA Director of Marketing and Communications.
Guests:  T om Jones and Cougar Vigil


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Open Studios- 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Drop-in hours for Artist-in-Residence studio visits where you will discover more about their processes, techniques, tools, ideas, and cultural influences. 
Free and open to the public.
Artists:  Ed Neel, Tom Jones, and Cougar Vigil


For questions regarding the A-i-R program, or to interview any of the artists, please contact  
Angelica Gallegos  at 505.424.5713 or  agallegos@iaia.edu.

Funding for the IAIA A-i-R Program has been generously provided by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

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