The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) has called for submissions for its 37th Annual Native American Student Art Show (NASAS). This year’s theme is “Gifts of the Creator,” a reminder of the importance in Pueblo culture of respect and thankfulness for one’s traditions, families, communities, and all living things.
Native students enrolled in Federally Recognized Tribes are invited to participate by creating art that showcases their interpretation of this theme however they wish, whether through drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, collage, mosaic, or other mixed media using materials of their choosing. Their work must be delivered to IPCC museum staff before 4pm on Friday, October 21, 2016. The show will be installed in the IPCC’s South Rotunda in late October and unveiled at an opening reception on November 4, 2016.
Recognizing that the future preservation and evolution of Native culture lies with today’s children, IPCC founded NASAS in 1979 to encourage Native youth to learn a craft and develop their own creativity. “Art is an imperative part of all human life, mentally, physically, and spiritually. We feel it should be included in every child’s curriculum,” IPCC Curator of Exhibitions Deborah Jojola (Isleta, Jemez) said in a press release. “IPCC celebrates our tribal diversity, cultural vibrancy, and immense creativity in many ways year-round, but this art show in particular focuses on celebrating and developing our Native youth.”
The juried art show will display all entries from November 4 through December 18, 2016 in the IPCC South Rotunda at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque. Every student artist whose work is displayed will receive a certificate of participation. The IPCC will also award cash prizes for each of several categories: Mixed Media, Drawing/Painting, Jewelry, Three-Dimensional, and Best in Show. If the artists so choose, their artwork may be available for sale during the show, with 100% of each purchase going directly to the young artist.
This year’s NASAS was postponed from its usual time in April to accommodate the grand opening of the IPCC’s first permanent museum exhibit, “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story.” The show was rescheduled for November 2016 to coincide with Native American Heritage Month, which the IPCC will also mark with the 6th Annual Rock Your Mocs celebration and 3rd Annual Pueblo Film Festival.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in Albuquerque’s historic Indian School District. Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the IPCC’s stated mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understand by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico with dignity and respect.
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