SAR Artists Live with clay artist Randy Chitto (Mississippi band of Choctaw) will take place Monday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. Jump behind-the-scenes and into the workspace of SAR’s 2006 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native artist fellow. Turtle storytellers are Chitto’s trademark, in which he blends stories from his Choctaw heritage with an art form known to the Southwest.
In his work, Randy tells stories of how the Choctaw were forced to relocate to a new geographical region. The medicine people instructed the elders to share their stories and wisdom with three chosen animals – the bear, the raccoon and the turtle. These wisdom keepers were instructed to protect the origin stories and preserve the spirit of the people through the ages lest they not be permitted return to the land of their ancestors.
Login to your Instagram account and go to SAR’s Instagram page at 6pm on September 21 to watch and chat with Randy live! (https://www.instagram.com/schoolforadvancedresearch)
SAR Artists Live with clay artist and printmaker Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo) will take place Monday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. Jump behind-the-scenes and into the workspace of SAR’s 2006 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native artist fellow. Jason carefully examines and interprets life around him and then shares those uniquely personal observations with the rest of the world. In his finished work—most often clay tiles that are created in the traditional Pueblo way with hand-gathered clay, native clay slips and outdoor firings — he transforms materials closely connected to the earth into a visually rich mix of Pueblo history and culture, comic book super heroes, video game characters, religious icons and all things pop culture.
Login to your Instagram account and go to SAR’s Instagram page at 6pm on September 28 to watch and chat with Jason live! (https://www.instagram.com/schoolforadvancedresearch)
Venancio Aragon’s (Navajo) interest in weaving centers on learning and understanding the structures of lesser known and rarely practiced techniques. While at SAR, Aragon has been researching the IARC’s textile collection to create a series of textiles that will represent several distinct variations of twill structures and uncommon weaving techniques.
Aragon says, “I look forward to the opportunity to challenge my art and research skills while at SAR and to return to my community with knowledge important to the survival of our cultural arts. I view the IARC fellowship as a means to create a generative project of public service that engages with community–centered needs through art and education.”
Join us as Aragon talks about his work and time as the 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow.