News for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

SAR Announces 2011–2012 Native Artist Fellows

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) offers four artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. The fellowships give artists time to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and to strengthen existing talents. While in residence, the artists can access the School’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) collection of Native arts for research and study.

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SAR is pleased to announce the 2011–2012 Native Artist Fellows:

2011 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow

Brent Michael Davids—Davids is a world-renowned Mohican composer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has won numerous awards including being named one of the top twenty-nine preeminent American Choral composers by the NEA for its national celebration, American Masterpiece. Davids’s project is to compose a dramatic oratorio based around the purchase of Manhattan. The composition will be for voice and chamber ensemble and is set to premiere at the Lenape Center in New York City. He will be in residence from June 15–August 15, 2011.

2011 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow

Franklin Peters—An emerging artist, the Acoma potter plans to spend time studying the Indian Arts Research Center collections to better understand the techniques and processes of his ancestors. One of his challenges will be to increase the size of his ollas and to incorporate more historical designs into his work. Peters will be in residence from September 1–December 1, 2011.

2012 SAR Writer-in-Residence

Janice Gould—Concow Maidu poet Janice Gould is currently assistant professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her project will be to spend time completing a set of gacelas, which will be set to musical and photographic accompaniment. Gould is the author of several books, including Earthquake Weather: Poems (Sun Tracks, 1996) and Doubters and Dreamers (Sun Tracks, 2011). Her fellowship, which is generously supported by the Lannan Foundation, runs from January 3 through February 21, 2012.

2012 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow

Maile Andrade—A Native Hawaiian multimedia artist, Andrade is a professor of art at the University of Hawai’i. Her project at SAR will explore a primary idea manifested in the Hawaiian language. “I Keia Manawa—In This Time” refers to Native Hawaiians standing firmly in the present with their backs to the future and their eyes on the past. She proposes to work in various media such as glass, metal, and various fibers. Andrade will be in residence from March 1–May 31, 2012.

The Native Artist fellowships support diverse creative disciplines. Recent fellows have included Robert Mirabal (writer/musician), Marcus Amerman (beadworker), Duane Slick (painter), Cedar Sherbert (filmmaker), Erica Lord (performance artist), Linda Aguilar (basket maker), Adrian Wall (sculptor), Michael Bird Romero (jeweler/silversmith), and Marla Allison (painter).

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