News for Friday, June 12, 2015

SAR Welcomes Melissa Melero-Moose, 2015 Native Artist

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.

Santa Fe, NM ─ The School for Advanced Research (SAR) welcomes Melissa Melero-Moose as the 2015 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow.

A painter, Melero-Moose plans to create, and ultimately exhibit, 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, the works create during this fellowship will be a vital contribution to the goals of GBNA. She notes:

I think this kind of exhibit starts conversations that surround Native culture and art. This exhibit also displays Native art as part of a rising genre of Contemporary Native Art across the country and throughout indigenous cultures. I have created a unique way to tell a visual cultural story by integrating color, texture, and cultural organic materials into my contemporary abstract mixed media paintings.

Please join SAR for a public lecture, reception, and open studio for Melissa Melero-Moose.

Date and Time: Thursday, August 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Place: SAR Board Room and Dubin Studio (660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe)

Admission: free

RSVP to (505) 954-7205 or iarc[at]sarsf.org by Monday, August 4.

Melero will be in residence from June 16—August 15, 2015. Visit https://melero.sarweb.org for additional information.

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