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Representing the West: A New Frontier 2020

February 8 - May 10, 2020 | White Gallery

The annual Representing the West: A New Frontier exhibit considers the changing cultures and myths of the American West. A juried exhibition open to artists from across the nation, this show welcomes non-traditional subject matter, materials and concepts as well as traditional depictions of the West. The Sangre de Cristo Arts center awards $5,000 in prize money and the People's Choice Award winner receives a solo exhibition the following year. Be sure to vote for your favorite piece!

Best in Show: Littleton, CO artist Arturo Garcia's "Buffalo Dances" is part of a series of oil painting called "Tatanka: The Spirit of the Land", which he describs as a "short-story in paintings about the Amican Buffalo and its historic importance in the American West.

First Place: "Still" by Robert Mullenix, Oxford, OH. It is the artist's intention to reinterpret the American West in light of climate change. The images representing the west in popular culture continue to offer a pastoral scene devoid of stress and crisis. Yet, the West experiences direct impact of climate change from drooughts and reduced snowpack  to reductions in groundwater, from wildfires made worse by extended fire season to increasingly heavy rains accompanied by desvastating flooding. We are trashing this beautiful landscape.

Second Place: "Desert Oasis" by Sara Simonson, Macomb, IL. Says Simonson, "I have discovered a passion for ceramics, enjoying both wheel throwing and hand-building, including the kurinuki technique (a Japanese term for "hollowing out." My work is playful and whimsical, focusing on the form rather than the function of an object. Currently, I am fascinated by the addition of metal in my work, combining clay and metal to express my inner spirited and spunky idiosyncrasies."

About the Juror: 
Nicole M. Crawford joined the University of Wyoming Art Museum in 2009 as the new Curator of Collections and moved into her current role as Assistant Director and Chief Curator in 2018. Formerly the Vice President of Gallery Operations and Director at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, she supervised staff, conducted research and worked with numerous collectors during her eight years with the gallery. Previously she was the curatorial assistant at the Sheldon Museum of Art on the University of Nebraska campus and completed the academic internship program at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Crawford has a dual MA in Art History and Museum Studies and a BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska. Her scholarship focus is American Modernism, but she has conducted research and written extensively on many other art genres. Her current research is focused on the role of collector in the acquisition, care, documentation and display of objects both through the collector’s vision and the responsibility of the museum.

Special events:

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 5-7pm | First Friday Art Walk, free admission to all the galleries. Refreshments and live entertainment. Sponsored by Talecris Plasma Center

Community Free Days, The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Buell Children’s Museum offer an unforgettable experience for those who visit.  In order to ensure that every child and family can visit, we offer Pay-As-You-Can basic admission every other month. Basic admission fees are waived all day! Visitors on this day are asked to please consider making a donation of admission - at any level - when visiting the Museum. 
Sunday, May 10, 12-4pm | Sponsored by The Pueblo Chieftain

Also on display at the Arts Center (click an icon):

September 7, 2019 - May 3, 2020

January 18 - March 8

January 18 - April 26

January 25 - May 3

February 8 - May 10


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