News for Thursday, May 15, 2014

SAR Announces 2014–2015 Native Artist Fellows

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) offers three 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.

Apache fiddle (tsíí’edo’a’tl)Apache fiddle (tsíí’edo’a’tl)Anthony Belvado. Apache fiddle (tsíí’edo’a’tl), 2013. Mixed media.
Apache fiddle (tsíí’edo’a’tl)
Too Many GloomsToo Many GloomsEhren Kee Natay. "Too Many Glooms," 2012.
Too Many Glooms
The Evergrowing TreeThe Evergrowing TreeDawn Dark Mountain. "The Evergrowing Tree," 2012. Mixed Media with wampum beads.
The Evergrowing Tree

2014 Dubin Fellow

Anthony Belvado (San Carlos Apache) is a traditional artist, lecturer, and third-generation Apache fiddle maker. Little is known about this unusual string instrument and Anthony hopes to preserve this and other Apache arts and crafts and promote them to a wider audience. While at SAR, Anthony will construct a tsii” tsíí’edo’a’tl (Apache fiddle). He will explore ways of communicating meaningful information about these arts, such as the significance of the natural materials used, the distances traveled to obtain them, the hours spent in their making, and the teachings associated with them. Anthony Belvado will be in residence from June 16–August 15, 2014.

2014 King Fellow

Ehren Kee Natay (Kewa/Diné) is a mixed-media, two-dimensional design artist who addresses urgent issues such as cultural amnesia, cross-cultural exchange, gender-roles, and the exploration of his own heritage. Recently he has been struggling with a self-imposed question of how to honor the unique aesthetics of the indigenous Southwest in a way that respects the sacredness of his own cultural background. Through research and discussion, Natay plans to explore imagery relating to the shared meals that occur during Pueblo feast days. He plans to use this experience to address tribal, pan-tribal, and global issues. Ultimately he aspires to create a work that is controversial, thoughtful, and still preserves the sanctity of feast day festivities. Natay will be in residence from September 2–December 1, 2014.

2015 Dobkin Fellow

Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida) uses controlled, intricate watercolors to create visual narratives of her Iroquois background. A professional artist since 1989, Dark Mountain uses her watercolors and woodcuts to connect traditional and present day Woodland Indian ideas, philosophies, and stories. Most recently, Dark Mountain has been inspired by the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794, in which the United States affirmed the sovereignty and friendship of the Six Nations of the Iroquois. Dark Mountain plans to create a series based on this and the traditional yearly harvest festivals of the Iroquois. Dawn Dark Mountain will be in residence from March 2, 2015–June 1, 2015.

The Native Artist fellowships support diverse creative disciplines. Recent fellows have included Brent Michael Davids (composer), Maile Andrade (multimedia), Duane Slick (painter), Will Wilson (photographer), Erica Lord (performance artist), Linda Aguilar (basket maker), Adrian Wall (sculptor), Joan Naviyuk Kane (poet), and Marla Allison (painter).

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