2018 Representing the West: A New Frontier

White Gallery | February 2 - May 6, 2018


About the exhibition:

The Representing the West: A New Frontier juried exhibition offers more than $5,000 in prize money.  Awards include Best of Show, 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, and the People’s Choice Award winner will be offered the opportunity for a one-person show in one of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s galleries. See artwork in all mediums which consider the changing cultures and myths of the American West.

About the Juror:

(Pictured right, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center)

As a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Melanie Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty” literally, creating beauty and harmony. As an artist, she works to serve as an agent of change by encouraging others to learn about social, cultural, and political phenomena shaping the contemporary lives of Native peoples in the United States and beyond. Her work incorporates personal experiences as well as the events and symbols from Diné culture. Her work is informed and shaped by personal experiences and tries to tell many stories about things both real and imagined. The history of Native America and Native peoples includes forced assimilation and cultural genocide that has occurred due in great part to government boarding schools. Native youth and communities today are burdened with the consequences of this history and by an educational system that prioritizes knowledge foreign to Native community’s indigenous knowledge.

Ms. Yazzie uses her travels around the world to connect with other indigenous peoples. Her visits to New Zealand, the Arctic, the Pueblos in the Southwest, and to indigenous peoples of Russia, these travels have been the impetus for continued dialogue about Indigenous cultural practices, language, song, story-telling, and survival.

Ms. Yazzie has had over 300 group and solo exhibitions in the United States and abroad. She has had solo exhibitions in places such as New Zealand, Finland and the Canary Islands to name a few. Ms. Yazzie often collaborates on her work to demonstrate how people from different cultures and places can use the art process to create pieces with a shared meaning.

She has been reviewed in Focus MagazineSanta Fe, the Los Angeles TimesNew Zealand Herald, and she is mentioned in Printmaking in the Sun by Dan Welden and Pauline Muir, Native American Art in the Twentieth Century by W. Jackson Rushing III, and The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multi Centered Society by Lucy Lippard. Yazzie makes prints, sculptures, paintings, and mixed media works. She is represented by the Glenn Green Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ms. Yazzie is a Professor of Art Practices and Head of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Art History at University of Colorado Boulder (CO).

Read the article: Faculty in Focus: Printmaker finds inspiration in students, global connections


Special events:  

Friday, February 2  | 5 PM—7 PM:  First Friday Art Walk with Artists Reception

Saturday, February 3  | 11 AM:  Coffee with the Curators with Artist and Juror Melanie Yazzie



This exhibit is made possible with the support of Linda Crawford and US Bank.



Alfano McEwin, Florence

Amundsen, Andrew

Bell, Eban

Benvenudo, Bob

Bleesz, Raymond

Bradfield, Stacey

Brothers, Cody

Cytacki, Jason

Despain, Cara

Ensign, Paula

Fanning, Doyle

Garcia, Eric

Hand-LiVigni, Lindsay

Hanson, Heather

Hanson, P.

Hull, Shelley

Johnson, Carrina

Johnson, Ron

Johnston, Vicki

Kahn-Pyatt, Heather

Kaiser, Chris

Kirchoff, Leanna

Lamb, Michelle

Lazzarini, Linda

Loughridge, Leon

Malella, Kevin

Malinowski, Paul

McConnell, Allan

Ortega, Tony

Poll, Pamela

Pribich, Michael

Ross, Wren

Samani, Clare

Takahasi, Haley

Vito, Teresa

Winter, Amy

Wolf, Marti Lawrence

Youngbird, Jillian

Zollinger, Rachel

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