Octopus Dreams


Octopus Dreams


This exhibition in the upstairs gallery, concurrently with Air, Land, Seed downstairs, features works on paper by 36 contemporary Native American artists. Curated by Suzanne Fricke and Beverly Morris, the project was originally organized with the Institute of American Indian Arts to celebrate 2012 as the official year of Russian-American friendship. The American Consulate sponsored the show at the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia. Each piece was chosen to reflect the complexity and richness of modern Native life. The artists reflect the diversity in tribal affiliation, geographic location, gender and age, and share an intricate vision of life lived in different worlds, from the long traditions of their specific tribes to the politics and pop of the world at large. The continued vitality and relevance of Native artists to the art world in general speaks to the strength of Native cultures, not only for their ability to survive but to thrive, and their ability to create and recreate in the face of many challenges. 

Artists include:
Tony Abeyta Frank Buffalo Hyde Chris Pappan
Lynne Allen Deborah Jojola Alex Pena
Neal Ambrose-Smith Jeff Kahm George Rivera
Shuvinai Ashoona lessLIE (Leslie Sam)    Mateo Romero
Jamison (Chas) Banks    Linda Lomahaftewa Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Marwin Begaye Rhett Lynch Ningeokuluk Teevee
Ross Chaney Michael McCabe Charlene Teters
Rande Cook America Meredith Marty Two Bulls
Laura Fragua-Cota Ohotaq Mikkigak Emmi Whitehorse
Bob Haozous N. Scott Momaday Stephen Wood
Edgar Heap of Birds Daniel Namingha Melanie Yazzie
Luzene Hill Eliza Naranjo Morse Debra Yepa-Pappan





Exhibition Catalog:

Air, Land, Seed &
Octopus Dreams



Women's Focus on KUNM 
Interview by Megan Kamerick with Nancy Marie Mithlo, Suzanne Fricke, Beverly Morris and Deborah Jojola
Originally aired June 22, 2013


read: Art exhibits expand time, place by Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, June 30, 2013 

read: New Mexico Ascendant by Jon Carver, Art. Ltd., July 2013

read: Still here, thank you by Tamon Rasberry, Local IQ, June 18, 2013

read: Indigenous and Global: two new shows at 516 ARTSARTS, by Eva Avenue, Pyragraph Online Magazine, June 2013

read: CCA and 516; Nonprofit Art Spaces Create Cultural Hubs p. 38, by Kelly Koepke, TREND Magazine, Summer 2013

Opening day events on Saturday, June 29 included Print Blitz and Parade of Flags (9am at the Downtown Growers' Market), Public Forum: Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts (4pm), Opening Reception (4-6pm) with Music by Ramon Bermudez, Jr. and opening comments by special guests City Councilor Isaac Benton and Travis Sauzo, Executive Director, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Related Events:

Public Viewing & Interaction: Tuesday, June 25 – Thursday, June 27, 12-5pm
Impact Vs. Influence: Banners, Flags and Give-Aways

Public Print Project: Saturday, June 29, 9am
Print Blitz and Parade of Flags

Public Forum: Saturday, June 29, 4pm
Indigenous Arts in Global Contexts

516 WORDS: Thursday, August 29, 7pm
Sherwin Bitsui & Luci Tapahonso

Closing Day Give-Away Event: Saturday, September 21, 11am
Private Curators' Talk & Print Give-Away


IMAGE above: Debra Yepa-Pappan, Hello Kitti Tipi, 2007, archival digital inkjet print, 8 x 8.5 inches



  • Octopus Dreams: Debra Yepa Pappan, Hello Kitti Tipi, archival digital inkjet print, 8x8 in
  • Octopus Dreams: Neal Ambrose Smith, Space Cowboy, mixed media, 22x22 in
  • Octopus Dreams: Rande Cook, Into the Light, serigraph, 15x22 in