Student Exhibit Opening

IAIA gallery features the works of over 25 artists

Date December 6, 2008 at 11:00 PM

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The paintings, drawings, works on paper, digital photography, sculpture and jewelry of more than 25 students at the Institute of American Indian Arts go on exhibit starting Monday at Primitive Edge Gallery, the on-campus gallery that features student art.

This is one of the few juried shows for the gallery, Professor Jessie Ryker-Crawford, director of the Museum Studies program, told the Journal. €œOur gallery, Primitive Edge, is a student gallery,€ Ryker-Crawford said. €œIt€™s pretty much student-run and shows mainly student artwork. Students in the Museum Studies program put up the work, put up the lighting and plan exhibits.€

Gallery director Hayes Locklear said the students in this year€™s €œExhibitions II€ class, directed by Barbara Francis, have curated the show. They include Baptiste Bayhylle-Monongye, Cassandra Dooley, Jarrod Charles, Jessie R. Bennett, Katie Avery, Mata A. Tohee, Tiffany Homer and Toni Jo Gobin. The students design and hang the exhibit as well as jury the entries.

Ryker-Crawford said giving the selections to the student class allows Museum Studies students €œto get a feel for what a professional juried show is like.

€œOf course, everything we do is with a Native mindset,€ the professor added. €œEach student will put in up to three pieces, and at least one piece will be chosen. There is a schoolwide invitation (to IAIA€™s approximately 210 total students), but the student winter show deadline for submissions is during finals, so they don€™t get flooded.€

€œThe students do the work,€ Locklear said. €œI kind of coordinate things €” make sure they get their invitations out on time and get supplies together for them. We had some really good artwork this year.€

Not all of the pieces are for sale, but some art students choose to exhibit their work for purchase, he added. The show, which will be up through Jan. 25, will open with a reception Monday evening.

Primitive Edge showcases primarily the work of IAIA students although it occasionally presents art exhibits of IAIA faculty, staff and guest artists. The gallery name, Primitive Edge, was selected by students. It was submitted by Corey Garcia, a Studio Arts major, who stated that the term €œprimitive€ alluded to old stereotypes of Native peoples, while €œedge€ referred to both the ideas of being on the edge of something new and the edginess of 21st century art.

The gallery presents up to 14 exhibits per year, including the annual Art in the Raw, the Student Winter Show, the Graduation Exhibit and both Studio Arts and New Media Arts Senior Thesis exhibits. Readings by graduating creative writing students are held in the gallery and exhibits by Indigenous Liberal Studies students are presented annually. Curation and exhibit installation by the Museum Studies students make this gallery a community-wide educational and exploratory venue, Locklear and Ryker-Crawford both noted.

Meanwhile, a show by two IAIA graduates continues at the IAIA Museum Store downtown. Seneca/ Arapaho bead artist Ken Williams, Jr. and San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Erik Fender grew up surrounded by traditional artisans, learning creative techniques that family members have passed down for generations. Both artists have since made these art forms their own, merging traditional techniques with innovative ideas to push the creative boundaries of their chosen mediums. The store is featuring new work from Williams and Fender in a special exhibit that continues until Jan. 4. As with all IAIA Museum Store exhibits, the work will be available for purchase, and each purchase benefits the Museum.

If You Go

WHAT: €œChiaroscuro: A Thin Line Between Black and White,€ IAIA Student Winter Show 2008
WHEN: Monday through Jan. 25, 2009; reception 5 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Primitive Edge Gallery, 83 Avan Nu Po, IAIA Campus. From Santa Fe: Richards Avenue south to Avenida del Sur; left on Avan Nu Po, left at second IAIA exit, follow signs to Administration Building.
CONTACT: 424-2372