Emily Arthur, Water Moccasin (with Shot)

Air, Land, Seed

June 29, 2013 – September 21, 2013

Air, Land, Seed addresses global tensions between home and exile, drawing from the unique perspectives of the indigenous peoples of Native North America. Nine contemporary artists engaged in the politicized medium of printmaking/paper will exhibit works that question the forced displacements and ideologies that define our collective contemporary existence. This re-appropriation of colonial markers – flags, boats and airwaves – subverts the control and militarization of indigenous homelands. Through participatory live print actions, performance, exhibition and dialogue, artists will re-purpose these potent icons inscribed in the US Marine credo: “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, We fight our country’s battles, in the air, on land and sea.”


Faisal Abdu’Allah, Henry Payer, Emily Arthur, Duane Slick, Marwin Begaye, C. Maxx Stevens, John Hitchcock, Dyani White Hawk and Ryan O’Malley

516 ARTS announces its first artist-in-residence project in partnership with the NPN/Visual Artists Network. The residency with guest artists John Hitchcock and Emily Arthur coincides with Air, Land, Seed and will culminate in a large-scale printmaking installation in the front of the gallery titled Impact Vs. Influence.

Air, Land, Seed is curated by a collaborative group of artists, art educators and curators, lead by Nancy Marie Mithlo and John Hitchcock, with Elisabetta Frasca, Paul Baker Prindle and Sarah Anne Stolte. Air, Land, Seed is the group’s seventh indigenous exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1999-2013) and the fifth collaborative event with the University of Venice. This year, directly after their participation in the 2013 Venice Biennale, their project will continue at 516 ARTS for an exhibition, residency and series of public events.


Adrian Gomez, “Art exhibits expand time, place” Albuquerque Journal

Eva Avenue, “Indigenous and Global: Two New Shows at 516 ARTS” Pyragraph

Kelly Koepke, “CCA and 516; Nonprofit Art Spaces Create Cultural Hubs” TREND Magazine p. 38