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Bare Nation: Student Sculptors from IAIA

Santa Fe, New Mexico (ICC) 5-08

Ten students from the Institute of American Indian Art’s sculpture program are presenting their work in the school’s sixth annual sculpture exhibition in the museum’s Roland Sculpture Garden. The exhibition, Bare Nation: Sculptors from IAIA, opened to the public on May 11, 2008, and will remain on view for one year.

The opening will be complemented with ceremonial drumming by the IAIA Confederacy, a student drum group, followed by a discussion/presentation by the students in the museum’s theater.

These students’ work demonstrates a wide range of expression – from representational images derived from traditional art to abstract constructions. Materials such as welded steel, laminated wood, plastic panels, cast metal, clay, bone, and fur have been used to represent how a new generation of Indian artists is extending the boundaries of their cultural expression.

The exhibit will remain in the garden from May 2008 through April 2009. During the course of the year the sculptors will periodically alter their works in response to weather and light changes with the seasons. It will be an on-going event.

The exhibit is curated by Dana Chodzko, sculpture professor at IAIA, and Robert Kasal, research associate at MIAC.

The students participating in the exhibition represent diverse tribal affiliations and ethnicities: Nick Estes, Lakota/Sioux; Kit Julianto, Shoshone/Paiute/Navajo; Michael Schweigman, Oglala/Lakota; Amber Johnson, Korean; Terry Wann-Keneson, Osage; Steven Chrisjohn, Sr., Oneida Nation, Wolf Clan; April Holder, Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma; DuWayne Chee, Jr., Navajo; Cindy Schenandoah-Stanford, Oneida Nation, Wolf Clan; and, Luther Pilant III, Creek/Cherokee.

The exhibition Comic Art Indigène also opens at the museum on Sunday, May 11, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.

At the time of this release students are still at work on their pieces and no images are available. It is anticipated that photographs of the works will be taken during the installation process.

Located on Museum Hill T, the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture shares the beautiful Milner Plaza with the Museum of International Folk Art. Here, Now and Always, a major permanent exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, combines the voices of living Native Americans with ancient and contemporary artifacts and interactive multimedia to tell the complex stories of the Southwest. The Buchsbaum Gallery displays ceramics from the region’s pueblos. Five changing galleries present exhibits on subjects ranging from archaeological excavations to contemporary art. In addition, an outdoor sculpture garden offers rotating exhibits of works by Native American sculptors.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Information for the Public

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is located on Museum Hill T, Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail.

Information: 505-476-1250 or visit

Days/Times: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Museum is open Monday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Admission: School groups free. Children 16 and under free. New Mexico residents with ID free on Sundays. New Mexico resident Senior Citizens (age 60+) with ID free Wednesdays. Museum Foundation members free. NM Veterans with 50 percent or more disability free. Students with ID $1 discount. Single visit to one museum: $8.00 for non-state residents; $6.00 for New Mexico residents. Four-day pass to five museums including state-run museums in Santa Fe plus The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art $18.00. One-day pass for two museums (Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture OR New Mexico Museum of Art and Palace of the Governors) $12.00. Group rate for ten or more people: single visit $6.00, four day pass $16.00.