Photography of the opening reception provided by Carlotta Cisternas. Visit Carlotta’s website to learn more about her work.
Exploration Beyond Tradition is an exhibit of artwork by nationally and internationally renowned contemporary Indigenous artists curated by Michael Billie. Native artwork is all too often represented as craft or ceremonial objects. This exhibit will survey the ways in which Native artists are moving beyond traditional approaches of art making with current art practices, and taking part in the discourse of contemporary art.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Michael Billie is a Navajo encaustic artist living and teaching in Farmington, NM. Michael has been working in encaustic for a decade. He has taught workshops around the Four Corners area including the Durango Arts Center. Michael also teaches encaustic to students and adults in and around New Mexico and Colorado area, helping to expand creativity and awareness about the encaustic medium.
Michael has won several awards in juried shows. His most recent award was from the International Encaustic Association. The IEA 2016 La Vendeenne Award was presented to Michael for his excellence in Innovation.
DAC is grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community. The premier sponsor of Exploration Beyond Tradition is San Juan Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac and Urology Departments.
Exploration Beyond Tradition is also made possible by 2017 Exhibits Season Sponsors: Friends of the Gallery, Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine, Don and Judy Hayes, Russell Engineering, Oxford Asset Management and New Face Productions. This exhibit also received generous in-kind support from the Leland House and Rochester Hotel, enabling artists Sally Black and Gloria Emerson to stay in Durango while giving special free community artist lectures.