Published November 6, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE — The Native American Student Art Show (NASAS) features students using the artistic medium of their choice to creatively express their interpretation of an assigned theme in this juried art show on display in the Artists Circle Gallery of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) located at 2401 12th Street NW, from November 3, 2018 through January 4, 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Student artists and museum staff will mingle with visitors at the reception while enjoying the artwork and free cookies.
The theme inspiring this year’s group of young Native artists is Strength of Indigenous Women, which correlates with other IPCC events of 2018. “I love it when this show comes around every year,” says Rachel Moore (Hopi), Curator of Exhibitions. “This year is particularly empowering, as these young artists address the strength and influence of Native women. It is heartwarming to read their stories, and see honest reflections of the women in their lives and communities.”
Every student artist whose work is displayed will receive a certificate of participation, and the IPCC will award cash prizes in the following categories: Mixed Media, Drawing/Painting, Jewelry, Three-Dimensional, and Best in Show. The young artists have the choice of making their works available for sale during the show, with 100 percent of each purchase going directly to the young artist. Cash prizes and sales of their artwork will help encourage Native youth to remain connected to their culture while opening doors to future sources of income as they continue to explore and hone their artistic skills.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center founded NASAS in 1979 to encourage Native youth to learn a craft and develop their own creativity, recognizing that the future preservation and evolution of Native culture lies with today’s children. “They are the bearers of our culture and have unique and honest perspectives to share,” says Moore. “Through art they will be able to share those perspectives, explore their own creativity, and delve into their understandings of this year’s theme.”
The exhibit is free with museum admission, and can be seen seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.