IAIA Exhibit Features Emerging Indian Artist

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

“SHIFTING between Realities.” Peterson Yazzie showed this 40×40 acrylic painting as part of his solo exhibit.

A solo exhibit at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) in November showcased the work of Peterson Yazzie (Navajo), a 25-year-old, 4th year art major who was raised in Greasewood Springs, AZ, on the Navajo Reservation. Paintings were priced between $125 and $5,000. Yazzie was the only student to have a solo exhibit during the 2004-05 academic year.

His powerful, color-saturated paintings have won several awards and have been featured at nationally prominent Native American art fairs such as the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial, Navajo Market, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Eight Northern Pueblos Show, as well as at the Wheelwright Museum Trading Post.

Yazzie says, “In the past year I’ve broadened my perceptions about art and painting. I kept my foundation while evolving into a looser, more process-oriented style. My work is becoming more about composition and principles and isn’t as focused on my culture as it once was.”

The solo art show was one of several student art shows at IAIA during the past year. Student Winter Exhibition included nearly 100 works of sculpture, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and traditionally-crafted objects by 50 full and part-time students.

The exhibition, “IT WAS SAID… Voices from Our Past, Expressions for our Future,” was curated by three students in IAIA’s program in Museum Studies. Lee Anne Wilson, Museum Studies faculty member, worked with students Janice Stump, Richard Benally, and Meta Toheeto develop the show’s theme and plan and install the exhibition.

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