News for Thursday, March 19, 2015

SAR Announces 2015-2016 Native Artist Fellows

Beaded DesignBeaded DesignMelissa Melero, 2014. Mixed media on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist.Beaded DesignMelissa Melero, 2014. Mixed media on canvas. Photo courtesy of the artist.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 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.

2015 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow
Painter Melissa Melero-Moose plans to create a series of large-scale mixed media paintings that are inspired by the traditional and contemporary basketry of the Great Basin area. She looks forward to finding new and innovative ways to express these ideas. By integrating organic objects such as willow, pine nuts, cattails, and tule reeds into her contemporary abstract paintings, she hopes to highlight the importance of these materials to Paiute and Great Basin peoples. 

A member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe, Melero-Moose recently founded the art collective Great Basin Native Artists (GBNA) as a way to promote the often overlooked and forgotten Great Basin area, culture, and arts. In addition to advancing her personal work, this fellowship will greatly contribute to the goals of the GBNA. 

The AcquisitionThe AcquisitionMarlowe Katoney, 2014. Wool. Photo courtesy of the artist.The AcquisitionMarlowe Katoney, 2014. Wool. Photo courtesy of the artist. 2015 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow
Navajo weaver Marlowe Katoney looks forward to stimulating his academic growth as an artist by learning from the IARC collection and contributing to the Navajo textile community. While at SAR, Katoney plans to explore figurative sketches to create a pictorial that he refers to as a type of abstract expressionism. His recent work centers on the human figure as a vehicle for both subject matter and composition. He notes, “Being an artist is an ongoing pursuit of freedom. It’s [about] not having to abide by the popular [concepts] of beauty or to create something readily identifiable as “Navajo,” but instead to deconstruct old ideas and create new ones.”

2016 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow
Rabbit HunterRabbit HunterKathleen Wall, 2014. Mixed media. Photo courtesy of the artist.Rabbit HunterKathleen Wall, 2014. Mixed media. Photo courtesy of the artist.Kathleen Wall, a painter and sculptor from Jemez Pueblo, plans to work in both media with the goal of strengthening the connections between Native people and Native place names. Using indigenous clays and slips, she will build sculptural portraits of specific people. With acrylic paint and earth pigments she will then create paintings of landscapes to sit behind the sculptures.  The paintings will reflect the individuals’ Native names and the places that the names represent. The subject matter is of utmost importance to Wall as she has noticed that as populations grow, many people lack appreciation for the land they live on as well as that of their ancestors. She hopes that by connecting people to place, appreciation for the land will increase.
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