Leah Mata Fragua
Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellowship
Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship
Oglala Lakota artist Mikayla Patton is an early career artist and a recent graduate of the institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She utilizes her passion and skills as both a papermaker and printmaker to collage Lakota line designs and symbols as a way to continue traditional art forms such as quillwork and beadwork. She explains that in her practice, she works to navigate traditional forms using new materials just as “modern Natives are forced to adapt to a forever changing environment.” Patton’s work is influenced by cultural healing, Native wellness, and feminine strength. She will be in residence from June 15, 2020, to August 15, 2020.
Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship
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 will research 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.”
Aragon will be in residence from September 1, 2020, to December 1, 2020.