Artist Talks

Native artists in residence at the SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center offer talks about their work and how their experience at the School is impacting their creative expression. Most talks are followed by a visit to the Dubin Artist Studio on campus.

Past Artist Talks
Joan Naviyuk Kane Artist Talk
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Joan Kane in Conversation with Malena Mörling 2014 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence SAR Indigenous Writer-in-Residence Joan Naviyuk Kane will give a reading of her work. Following a conversation with noted writer Malena Mörling, Kane will read excerpts from her recent writing. Kane, who is Inupiaq, is the author of Hyperboreal and The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife. She has a novel and a third poetry collection underway during her tenure at SAR.
Will Wilson Artist Talk
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Will Wilson: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2013 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow Will Wilson (Navajo) is widely recognized for his unusual approach to the world of photography. Please join us to hear about his experience as the 2013 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow.
Glenda McKay Artist Talk
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Glenda McKay: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2013 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow Glenda McKay is Ingalik-Athabascan. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and was taught the skills she uses in doll making at an early age by her mother, grandmother, and aunts. Knowing how to embroider and bead; trap, snare, and tan hides; and gather fruit, roots, bark, and plants has served her well.
Storyboard image from ‟Mozhi Lizhini (Black Cat) in Space” Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Melissa Henry: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2013 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Filmmaker Melissa Henry (Navajo) has been working on pre-production for her upcoming film Black Cat in Space (working title), a story about Captain Meow, his robot CuAl6 , and their starship Space Coyote, who travel across the galaxy to stop the vengeful Hiss, Devourer of Worlds.
The Song of Achilles Artist Talk
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members, $10 for non-members Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Madeline Miller Excavating Achilles: Following Homer’s Hero Through the Ages Author Madeline Miller reads from her 2012 Orange Prize-winning novel, The Song of Achilles, and explores the stories that are at the heart of its creation.
Casandra Lopez Artist Talk
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Casandra Lopez in Conversation with Evelina Zuni Lucero 2013 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence SAR Writer-in-Residence Casandra Lopez is of Cahuilla, Luiseno, Tongva, and Chicana descent. Hosted by noted writer Evelina Zuni Lucero (Isleta/San Juan Pueblo), this event will include a conversation between Lucero and Lopez followed by a reading of Lopez’s work.
“Rainman” Artist Talk
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Jonathan Loretto: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2012 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow Jonathan Loretto is from Walatowa (Jemez) and Cochiti and has been creating traditional pottery for the past thirty years. This last year, he switched from creating vessels to developing figurative forms. Most recently, he has been creating what he calls “storytelling bobbleheads,” which combine the figurative tradition of Cochiti Pueblo with the contemporary pop phenomenon of the bobblehead.
Karen Fisher Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Karen Fisher The Literary Arts Program at SAR, funded by the Lannan Foundation, is pleased to host the fall “Writers Reading/Reading Writers” event, through which notable creative writers read from their own work and discuss selections from writers who have proven influential in their own creative process. In Karen Fisher’s case, historical sources provide this inspiration, including the life of one of SAR’s founding trustees, the anthropologist Alice Cunningham Fletcher.
Double-sided Pueblo Sash Artist Talk
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free, This Artist Talk is Full Louie García: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2012 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow While at SAR, Louie García intends to complete a 100% wool plaid blanket or manta woven in the traditional diamond and diagonal twill patterns, which are present on historic textiles.
Access Artist Talk
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Maile Andrade: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2012 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Maile Andrade’s work reflects and is rooted in a native Hawaiian worldview. She creates traditional and contemporary arts using a wide range of media to develop innovative new techniques, materials, and themes.
Téa Obreht Artist Talk
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, FREE for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Téa Obreht Performance by musical trio Rumelia starting at 5:00 pm The literary arts program at the School for Advanced Research, supported by the Lannan Foundation, is honored to host the spectacularly gifted young writer Téa Obreht in our “Writers Reading/Reading Writers” series.
Books Artist Talk
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 5:00–6:00 pm, Free David Treuer to Launch New Book at SAR Celebrated Native novelist David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literature. He will talk at SAR about his first full-length work of nonfiction.
Janice Gould’s Guitar in the King Residence at SAR Artist Talk
Monday, February 13, 2012, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free, This Artist Talk is Full Janice Gould in Conversation with Joy Harjo: Reading, Conversation, & Reception 2012 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence
Water Canteen and Olla Artist Talk
Monday, November 28, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Franklin Peters: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2011 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow Emerging artist Franklin Peters of Acoma Pueblo spent three months studying the collections at the Indian Arts Research Center to better understand the techniques and processes of his ancestors.
Alan Heathcock Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm, Free Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Alan Heathcock The Literary Arts Program at SAR, funded by the Lannan Foundation, is pleased to host the Fall “Writers Reading/Reading Writers” event, through which notable creative writers read from their own work, as well as discuss selections from writers who have been most influential in their own careers, in Heathcock’s case, Santa Fe novelist Cormac McCarthy.
Brent Michael Davids Artist Talk
Thursday, August 11, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm Brent Michael Davids: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2011 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow 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...
Artist Linda Aguilar Artist Talk
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm Linda Aguilar: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2011 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow There is a stigma that basketmakers face: “Traditional” or “Non-Traditional.” Linda’s response: “I am both.” She works mostly with horsehair and waxed thread, non-traditional materials, but approaches the weaving in a very traditional manner.
SAR and Lannan Partnership Logo Artist Talk
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 5:30–7:30 pm Writers Reading/Reading Writers: Malena Mörling & Tomas Tranströmer Lannan Literary Fellowship recipient and SAR Research Associate Malena Mörling (UNC Wilmington) will read from her translations of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, one of the most significant European contemporary poets. She will also read her own poems and discuss the tremendous influence of Tranströmer’s work on her own.
Santee Frazier Artist Talk
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:30–7:00 pm Santee Frazier: Presentation and Discussion 2011 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence
Aric Chopito Artist Talk
Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:30–6:30 pm Aric Chopito: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2010 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow Aric Chopito is one of the few weavers practicing at Zuni Pueblo today. While at the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC), Aric plans to create a kilt using a semi-brocade technique.
Artist Duane Slick Shadow Tracing a Warrior Mouse Carved Figure Artist Talk
Thursday, August 5, 2010, 5:30–7:30 pm Duane Slick: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2010 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow Duane Slick is a multi-media artist working in painting, printmaking, sculpture, books, lectures, and story-telling performances...
Marla Allison Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 5:30–7:00 pm Marla Allison: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2010 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow Marla will be speaking about her work leading up to and during her tenure at SAR. The lecture will be followed by a visit to the Dubin Studio to view her newly created works.
Eagle Spirit Artist Talk
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 5:30–7:00 pm Adrian Wall: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow
Water Vase by Ulysses Reid Artist Talk
Thursday, August 6, 2009, 5:30–7:00 pm Ulysses Reid: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2009 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow
Yuppie Indian Couple Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 5:30–7:00 pm Pat Courtney Gold: Artist Talk, Reception, and Open Studio 2009 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellow