Loosely Joined

New Mexico Artists from the Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop

November 3–December 29, 2007

This group exhibition presented with Santa Fe Art Institute features the work of twenty-two New Mexico artists who participated in the Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop in 2006. This national program acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. Featured artists: Keep Adding, Victoria Carlson, Madelin Coit, Donna Loraine Contractor, Sydney Cooper, RoseMary Diaz, Dennis Esquivel, Deborah Fort, Christy Hengst, Sarah Hewitt, Chris Jonas, Jennifer Joseph, Joanne Lefrak, Linda Lomahaftewa, Debbie Long, Timothy Nero, Terri Rolland, Sarah Spengler, Mary Tsiongas, Sheilah A. Wilson, Claudia X. Valdes and Susan York. Curated by Diane Karp, Director of Santa Fe Art Institute, the exhibition includes artists working in painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, video, poetry, music and hand crafted furniture, with experimental video and new music compositions by Chris Jonas, hand-crafted cabinets and tables by Dennis Esquivel, luminous paintings by Sydney Cooper, complex drawings by Timothy Nero and glass sculpture by Debbie Long.

Diane Karp says, “This talented group of artists came together at Santa Fe Art Institute last October for an intensive weekend of discussions and presentations aimed at supporting dreams and providing the tools and bolstering the will to realize those dreams. Out of this astounding workshop has come a group of artists and writers who meet monthly to talk about work, share successes and generally serve as a community of supportive creative artists. Making changes in one’s professional life is not easy and the community helps to keep the energy high and the goals clear. The work of these artists and writers is superb. We hope that you enjoy the exhibition. We have had a fi ne time making it happen.”

Founded in 1985, the mission of the Santa Fe Art Institute is the exploration of the intersection of contemporary art forms and society, using the arts to empower voices, support creativity, enable access through artists and writers residencies, outstanding pubic lectures, masterclasses, exhibitions and educational outreach.

Loosely Joined is one of two concurrent exhibitions showcasing New Mexico programs that support professional working artists from around the world. There will be an opening reception for R.A.i.R. Works 40 and Loosely Joined Saturday, November 3rd from 6–8pm. Music with Little Rrake" featuring Chris Jonas, Jeremy Bleich and Milton Villarrubia, III.


image above: Vanish by Mary Tsiongas