Exhibit on display through August 2016

Opening reception Friday, August, 12th, 5 – 7 p.m.


Santa Fe Community College’s Red Dot Gallery presents Put Another Feather on It!, curated by SFCC Photography Head, photographer and artist Will Wilson (Diné) from August 12 to August 26, 2016. The exhibit opens with a reception at the Red Dot Gallery on Friday, August 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Put Another Feather on It! is the second of its kind. It’s an exhibition of contemporary Native American Arts. Santa Fe based photographer Will Wilson is curator for the exhibit which featuring artists Jamison Banks, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer, Zoe Urness, Will Wilson and friends.

Says Wilson, “This exhibit brings together the work of a group of artists who use the aesthetics of conceptual art practice to investigate contemporary Indigenous cultural practice today. From the multi-media animation of ceramic form to the use of historic photographic processes to gaze back and forward through history, these artists elegantly wrestle with complex systems of representation informed by their experience of indigeneity, which is at the crux of what brings these artists and their works together. We are both figuratively and conceptually, Putting a Feather on It, in the Red Dot gallery.”

This exhibit includes these special events:

  • Aug. 12: Opening Reception. Friday, Aug. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Red Dot Gallery, 826 Canyon Road.
  • Aug. 14: Curator’s Talk with Will Wilson. In the gallery on Sunday, August 14 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 12: Portrait Studio. Diné artist Will Wilson will set up a working portrait studio behind the Red Dot Gallery on the evening of the opening. Using an old fashioned, large format camera and the historic wet plate collodion process the artist will invite the general public to engage in the ritual interchange that is the photographic studio portrait. The particular beauty of this old photographic process references a bygone era and the historic images that continue to contribute to societies’ collective understanding of Native American people. Wilson’s project sparks an intervention into this history of photography revealing the multidimensional nature of photography and the multiplicity of meanings and possibilities that photographs can generate. Additional repeat demonstrations will occur during the week and will be announced on the Red Dot Gallery Facebook page.

Will Wilson is the Head of the Photography Program at SFCC. He is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. Some of his many awards include the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum; and, in 2010, a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. From 2009 to 2011, he managed the National Vision Project, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and helped to coordinate the New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) program on the Navajo Nation. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Oberlin College, and the University of Arizona, and he has been an active part of New Mexico’s Science and Arts Research Collaborative, which brings together artists interested in using science and technology in their practice with collaborators from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Labs. Recently, Wilson completed an exhibition and artist residency at the Denver Art Museum and was the King Fellow artist in residence at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. An archive of his work, both past and present, and his artist’s statements regarding ongoing projects are available at willwilson.photoshelter.com