Institute of American Indian Arts Announces Its Spring 2016 Artists-in-Residence Program

Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder

IAIA continues series of month-long Artists-in-Residencies at the school

Published December 27, 2015

SANTA FE — The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has released their Artists-in-Residence (A-i-R) line-up for Spring 2016.

IAIA solicited applications from Native and First Nations artists from three distinct geographic regions for this series of residencies which began in August, 2015. The artists selected for the IAIA A-i-R Program live on campus for a month to make art and interact with both the campus community and the Santa Fe arts community. The program will include public receptions and artist talks from each of the artists.

January 15 – February 12, 2016 

Joe Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes) grounds his vision in Plateau traditional crafts and culture – the fish trap, the blanket or the twined basket, portraying a contemporary cultural landscape. Speaking of the land through a merging of traditional basket patterns and contemporary iconography, Joe works in printmaking, twined baskets and glass. With degrees in printmaking from the University of Washington – BFA and the  University of Wisconsin, Madison – MFA, the printed image has always been an important means of expression.

Joe Feddersen is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes from the heritage of Okanagan and Arrow Lakes,Faculty Emeritus Professor at The Evergreen State College and a professional artist. His works are collected by major institutes across the country including the  Smithsonian Insitution in Washington DC, the Whitney Musuem in New York,  Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, Seattle Art MuseumPortland Art Museum,Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Craft Museum at Portland OR, Haley Ford Museum, Salem.
Feddersen’s work is represented in a number of books including Mixed Blessings by Lucy Lippard,

Manifestations, by IAIA Santa Fe NM, and Changing Hands, Museum of Art Design NY, NY.  A monogram Joe Feddersen/Vital Signs is part of the Jacob Lawrence book series from the University of Washington Press. Upon retirement he returned home to the reservation and now resides and works in Omak, Washington, on the Colville Confederation Tribal Reservation.

Joe Fedderson

Joe Fedderson

Drew Michael (Yupik and Inupiaq) was born in Bethel, Alaska. He and his twin brother grew up in Eagle River, Alaska.

Michael enrolled in a carving class with Bob Shaw and Joe Senungetuk in 1997, during which he learned some of the basics of history, usage of tools, and wood working techniques. Shortly after, he took a job with the Alaska Native Heritage Center and was able to enroll in carving classes provided through the high school program. He also had the great opportunity of working with Kathleen Carlo early in his career. She helped him expand his use of tools and break out of the traditional style of mask making.

While he was learning and practicing his craft, he was searching for his own style and niche in the carving world by studying the masters. He looked for the craftsmanship displayed in the final pieces and spent many hours looking at a piece and thinking about the design and process it took to create the piece. He took those thoughts and applied them to his own work, learning how to manipulate his work into what it is today through the process of trial and error.

Michael’s current focus is to look back at how masks were used for healing and telling stories of things unseen. The creation of these masks shares different healing practices from the Yupik people and energy release within the Chakra spaces in the human body, incorporating religious icons of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Each has information to help people find healing. The artist hopes to encourage people to find healing in ways that are about finding balance. He has used these healing practices to find healing in his own life.

Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell

February 19 – March 18, 2016 

Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe) is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a BFA in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications.

Jonathan’s paintings explore personal themes of identity, life transitions, internal dialogue, and self-transformation. He depicts expressive characters whose emotions and thoughts manifest viscerally in their physical form. The bodies of his subjects often appear fragmented, animalistic, or partially obscured. His art acts as the scrapbook recording an evolving identity. Through his subjects, Jonathan can exaggerate the villains and heroes that make up his self-image. These paintings are self-portraits by nature, but also an act of releasing an image into the world.

Royce Manuel ( Ak-Mierl Aw-Thum, Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community) and Debbie Manuel, MSW (Diné).

In 2006, Royce and Debbie joined together in their life’s journey. Together, both families have shared many celebrations of life and have grown to respect their perspective cultural lifestyles and devote themselves to lifelong journey learning.
As a couple, each has faced similar life challenges, however used their cultural and spiritual teachings to strengthen one another. Today, it has become vital effort to connect with people and locals programs that will continue to instill personal growth for young people.  Royce, a 22 year Veteran Retired Firefighter, provides cultural presentations, art demonstrations and remains active throughout his community in Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and throughout the state.

Together Royce and Debbie’s recent endeavor for the couple has been reviving a near lost traditional Aw-Thum Kiaho (burden basket) and are both humbled by the acknowledgement from many. Debbie has sat along side Royce learning the story of the plants, harvest, fiber and proudly completed her miniature Kiaha.

Royce and Debbie Manuel

Royce and Debbie Manuel


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