INTERWOVEN is an international juried fine art exhibition of contemporary works influenced or inspired by designs of the ancient Mimbres culture of the Southwest. The Mimbreños, who flourished in southwest New Mexico from around 1000 to 1250 AD, vanished hundreds of years ago but left behind an enduring artistic legacy. Using native materials and very simple technology, the Mimbreños created sophisticated pottery designs with bold, powerful imagery. Black-on-white Mimbres bowls held both stunning geometric patterns and a wide variety of naturalistic forms. The Mimbreños' playful depictions of themselves convey a clear sense of whimsy that transcends time and culture—we can see their enjoyment of life, their interactions with fellow creatures, and their wonder in the greater unknown.
"Neo-Mimbreño" exhibitions have been held periodically in Silver City since the late 1980s to recognize and celebrate the continuing influence and inspiration of Mimbres pottery designs. Contemporary artists—in the Southwest and beyond—offer new context for and interpretations of the ancient works that inform their artistic visions. Some have lifted Mimbres designs from their concave bowl format and expanded them into three dimensions, while others have injected color into their black-and-white world. Still others apply their geometric patterns to new materials in sometimes unexpected ways. At its fullest expression, "Neo-Mimbreño" captures both the beauty and playfulness of the original Mimbres designs, giving them new resonance in a world the Mimbreños would hardly recognize.
The exhibition is open to works executed predominately in clay or fiber, or incorporating both materials. Artists are especially encouraged to creatively reinterpret, personalize, or carry the Mimbreño vision into new formats and media. The exhibition will be juried by Jaune Quick-to-see Smith and curated by Diana Ingalls Leyba and Susan Berry. Works for INTERWOVEN will be shown McCray Gallery, on the Western New Mexico University campus during the CLAY Festival. Previous Neo-Mimbreño juried exhibitions can be seen online at www.clayfestival.com.
Submissions to the exhibition will be juried anonymously from digital images of artworks, submitted online. Online submissions will be received only via the CLAY Festival website. Deadline for online submission and fee payment is Thursday, June 30, 11:59 PM MDT. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of submission. For questions about the exhibition and submission status, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith calls herself a cultural arts worker. She uses humor and satire to examine myths, stereotypes and the paradox of American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of American society. Her work is philosophically centered by her strong traditional beliefs and political activism.
Smith is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor. She was born at St. Ignatius Mission on her Reservation and is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. She holds honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mass College of Art and the University of New Mexico. Her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Walker, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College Visionary Woman Award for 2011; induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, New Mexico 2012; the Switzer Award for 2012; NAEA Ziegfeld Lecture Award 2014; Honorary Degree, Salish Kootenai College, Montana 2015.
$1,000 1st Place Tad Van der Weele Memorial Award
$600 – 2nd Place
$300 – 3rd Place
Tile Heritage Prize - $100 + 1 year subscription to Tile Heritage ($100)
Awards will be announced at the Exhibition Opening reception - July 29, 2016.
The Exhibition is open to all artists 18 years and older, residing in the United States and internationally. Work must remain in McCray Gallery for the duration of the exhibition and may be for sale with CLAY retaining 40% of the total sale price. All works must have been completed in the last two years (2014-2016) and be free standing or wall hanging. No works shown in previous Neo Mimbreño exhibitions will be accepted for jurying.
image use & photography
CLAY Festival and WNMU organizations, retain the right to reproduce submitted digital images of and to photograph all works displayed in the exhibition, regardless of copyright, for purposes of documentation, education, sales, and publicity.