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Contact:  


 

  Lara Evans, PhD, Associate Dean of Academics, Director A-i-R Program

505.424.2389 or levans@iaia.edu 

  Eric Davis, Marketing & Communications Director

                505.424.2351, or eric.davis@iaia.edu

 

 
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence Program


SANTA FE, NM - January 10, 2020


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. Lara Evans  (Cherokee) , Artist-in-Residence Program Director  and Associate Dean of Academics commented: " A special component of IAIA's residency program is the sense of community that comes from bringing practicing indigenous artists together with college students who are also studying art and culture. It makes for a dynamic and inspirational experience that we are happy to share with the Santa Fe community through our free public events."

Listed below are the artists who have been selected to visit the IAIA campus in Spring 2020 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. 


Topaz Jones (Shoshone/Kalapuya/Molalla/Lummi) 
IAIA Sculpture and Foundry Artist-in-Residence January 15, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Topaz Jones (Shoshone/Kalapuya/Molalla/Lummi) is a multidisciplinary artist from the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin region. She is an enrolled Western Shoshone member from the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation. Jones was born in Portland, Oregon and has descendancy ties to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Lummi Nation from Washington. Jones moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts in 2011 and a certificate in Museum Studies in 2016. During her time at IAIA she was awarded an apprenticeship, that took her to Samsun, Turkey to create artwork for an exhibition. She also completed the Journey Home Internship where she worked for the Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center in Grand Ronde, Oregon.
 
Jones started creating art early on in life -- her formal training began at age 10 when she took oil painting classes and studied landscapes. Being from a multicultural background and having lived in cities and on rural reservations, her perspective on people and places comes from her experience as a Native American. She depicts her experiences, culture, and elements of identity in her sculptural work, paintings, installations and other art forms she works in. Jones began working in the Metal Arts in 2000. She continued to mature as a sculptor when she studied under Dana Chodzko in 2008. It was during that time, when she developed foundry skills and a new-found passion in hot metals. In her work, Jones incorporates her traditional basket making knowledge and fuses it with the contemporary metal arts. Jones has showcased her work in many exhibitions. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her family.  



Margarita Paz-Pedro
 (Laguna Pueblo/Mexican American)
IAIA Master Artist Studio Arts Residency January 17, 2020 - February 17, 2020
  
Born in Albuquerque, raised in Las Cruces, and with family in Laguna Pueblo, Margarita Paz-Pedro has ties across New Mexico. She has been involved with clay since 1999. She received her BFA with an emphasis in Ceramics in 2003 from the University of Colorado-Boulder and an MA in Art Education in 2008 from the University of New Mexico. In 2006 she began her study in the Arita Porcelain process. In 2007 she had the opportunity to be an apprentice with ceramist Fance Franck in Paris, France.

Since 2009, Paz-Pedro has worked as a lead artist with the Mayor's Art Institute of ALMA, where she created large-scale, public art mosaic murals across New Mexico. In 2015, she helped start the non-profit ALMA (Apprenticeships for Leaders in the Mosaic Arts) and is currently the Operations Director and ALMA Artist. Paz-Pedro is also a full-time Art Teacher at La Academia De Esperanza Charter High School, where she bridges her passion for working with the community and youth through art. She is the fiancé to a fellow artist, together they have a beautifully rowdy six-year-old and reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her works can be viewed at www.pazpedro.com



 
Anna Hoover
(Norwegian/Unang a x̂) 
IAIA Master Artist Studio Arts Residency February 20, 2020 - March 9, 2020

Norwegian/Unanga writer, artist & filmmaker, Anna Hoover produces documentary, fiction, and art films via her home state of Alaska. She trained in Printmaking at the University of Washington and participates in print exchanges when the opportunity arises.
 
Inspired by the natural world, Hoover's mixed media work expresses observed nuance in shade and hue, interpreting the visual poetry of Mother Nature's garden. Her films share honest Alaskan stories to audiences around the world. Hoover has received support in her career from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the International Sámi Film Institute, WGBH/PBS, as well as having screened at imagineNATIVE, Berlinale Native, Northwest Filmmakers, MoCNA, etc. A private pilot and commercial salmon fisher, Anna lives for a challenge and does not shy away from adventure. Her website is located at 


Kevin Pourier
( Oglala Lakota)
IAIA Sculpture and Foundry Artist-in-Residence
March 20, 2020 - April 29, 2020

Kevin Pourier, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been carving Buffalo horn on  the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota for about 20 years. Pourier is one  of the only artists in the country working in the medium of incised buffalo horn. The  works he produces carry forward Lakota artistic practices for creating spoons,  vessels and other everyday items of sublime beauty from the horns of the revered  animal. His carvings reveal the beauty he sees in the world around us, utilizing  imagery intent on inspiring thought, growth and creating the opportunity for  education.

Kevin's award-winning art has been collected by major museums and private collections worldwide. His work has been shown in Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City. He is the recent recipient of the prestigious Best of Show Award at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts show held annually at Santa Fe, NM 2018. Visit    www.kevinpourier.com.



Marlene Ann Nielsen 
(Yup'ik Kokhanok Tribe)
IAIA Master Artist Studio Arts Residency
March 20, 2020 - April 18, 2020

Marlene Ann Nielsen is Yup'ik from Kokhanok, Alaska, located on the south shore of Lake Iliamna. This is the largest lake in Alaska and contains several species of fish that spawn yearly. From a young age she has helped to preserve, smoke, and salt sockeye salmon for winter use. Nielsen is self-taught in the art of making baskets, wallets, and jewelry with sockeye salmon skin. She experienced trial and error on learning how to preserve fish skin. Salmon skin art was seen as a lost skill in her area which inspired her to reintroduce the rare technique by teaching students. Nielsen has been creating art with fish skin since 2002.



Alfred Young Man
(Chippewa-Cree)
IAIA Master Artist Studio Arts Residency April 17, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Alfred Young Man (Chippewa-Cree), PhD, or Kiyugimah (Eagle Chief), born in 1948, is an artist, writer, educator, and an enrolled member of the Chippewa-Cree tribe located on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana. Young Man attended the Institute of American Indian Arts from 1963-1968 where he studied Studio Arts. The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) retains a considerable number of Young Man's paintings in its collection from the five years he spent there. Young Man then went on to study painting, film history, and photography at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London in London, England from 1968-1972. Young Man earned his MA at the University of Montana in 1974 and graduated with his PhD in Anthropology from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1997.

Young Man has been an art teacher since the early 1970s, beginning on his home reservation at the Rocky Boy Elementary School; later he moved to the K.W. Bergan Elementary School in Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian reservation. He continued on to the Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana, where he helped found the Total Community Education television training program. When the program ended he moved on to the University of Lethbridge in 1977 where he eventually became Chair of Native American Studies. He taught in the Faculty Exchange Program at the University of Lethbridge/Leeds University Leeds, UK in 1985 and the Faculty Exchange Program University of Lethbridge/Hokkai Gakuen University Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1992. He currently is Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge and University of Regina.


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
SPRING 2020 Event Schedule

Welcome 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.  


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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: Topaz Jones and Margarita Paz-Pedro


Thursday, January 23, 2020

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Welcome 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:  Topaz Jones and Margarita Paz-Pedro


Thursday, February 6, 2020

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:  Topaz Jones and Margarita Paz-Pedro


Thursday, February 20, 2020

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Welcome 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: Anna Hoover and Topaz Jones


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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:  Anna Hoover


Thursday, February 27, 2020

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:  Anna Hoover  and  Topaz Jones


Thursday, March 26, 2020

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Welcome 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:  Marlene Nielsen and Kevin Pourier


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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:  Marlene Nielsen  and  Kevin Pourier


Thursday, April 9, 2020

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:  Marlene Nielsen and Kevin Pourier


Thursday, April 23, 2020

IAIA Artist-in-Residence Welcome 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: Alfred Youngman


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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: Alfred Youngman


Thursday, May 7, 2020

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:  Alfred Youngman


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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