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Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá and Dog Head Stew Print Portfolios

The Visual Arts Center opens our 2016/2017 season with an exhibition of two print portfolios.  The prints will be on display at Visual Arts Center – Gallery One located in the Liberal Arts Building from August 22 – September 14th, 2016 with a public reception on Thursday, September 1st from 6-8pm.

Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá/Neither Here Nor There: Contemporary Mexican Printmaking on Both Sides of the Border

This portfolio features contemporary Mexican printmakers from both the United States and Mexico. The exchange unites artists that have similar cultural backgrounds despite efforts made by politicians that aim to stratify populations. The prints reflect issues concerning today’s Mexican/Mexican-American, and also shed light on border issues and the ever-changing face of this nation. This eclectic group of artists is comprised of traditional, non-traditional, academic, and DIY printmakers. There is a rich history of Mexican printmaking and this portfolio exchange evidences that this tradition continues to evolve on both sides of the border. The portfolio was organized by Rogelio Gutierrez, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Arizona State University-School of Art.

Artists:
Francisco Alonzo
Alan Altamirano (Mk Kabrito)
Julia Caporal
Chema Chino
Juan De Dios Mora
Fernando De León
Janet Diaz
Sebastian Gallegos
Armando Gómez
Gabriela González
Abraham González Pacheco
Rogelio Gutierrez
ISTO
Miguel Ledezma
Rosalie López
Emmanuel López López
Gabriela Martinez
Xilberto L. Nunéz
Carmen Razo
Coral Revueltas
Humberto Saenz
Alejandro Villalbazo
Rogelio

Dog Head Stew – The Second Course

This unique portfolio celebrates Native American traditions and cultural persistence, which over time and situation has been redefined, honored, manipulated, categorized and stereotyped, but not vanquished.  This portfolio invites personal and political expression honoring or criticizing past and present representations of Native American culture. The title comes from the story/recipe “Dog Head Stew (for Fifty People)” by Dorothy Pennington, which can be found in the book, The Way: An Anthology of American Indian Literature by respected Mohawk anthropologist and educator Shirley Hill Will. It is the depiction of an imaginary feast in which the Native Americans throwing the feast pretend to live up to the stereotype of being savages to get rid of their unwanted, non-native dinner guests. For this portfolio, the artists were asked – What has changed in the past ten years for the indigenous community of North America?  Where do Native Americans fit into the sphere of the United States, and subsequently, to the world?  Graphic icons such as the Cleveland Indian are still used in today’s culture, how much power do those images still possess? The artists, who come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, created prints with traditional and non-traditional archival print media.  The portfolio was organized by Elizabeth Klimek and Melanie Yazzie and was recently purchased by the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection.

Artists:
Lynne Allen
Laura Bentz
Burt Bucher
Brooke Bulovsky Cameron
Matthew Egan
Kirsten Furlong
Oscar Jay Gillespie
Elizabeth Klimek
Jean McComas
Leah Matthews
Jacob Meders
David Mohallatee
Heather Muise
Sue Pearson
Nicole Pietrantoni
Michael Reed
Kathryn Reeves
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Neal Ambrose-Smith
Kryssi Staikidis
C. Maxx Stevens
Glory Tacheenie-Campoy
Ericka Walker
Melanie Yazzie

Laura Bentz

2016/2017 Exhibition Season Begins August 22, 2016

The Visual Arts Center galleries are closed for the summer and will reopen to the public on August 22, 2016 with an exhibition of prints in VAC – Gallery One located in the Liberal Arts Building.  Additional information about all of this years exhibitions coming soon.