Originals 2007: New Mexico Women in the Arts
The New Mexico Committee of Women in the Arts is proud to present ORIGINALS 2007 at the Harwood Museum of Art and the Millicent Rogers Museum, a juried & invitational Exhibition of New Mexico Women Artists
Affiliated with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, the New Mexico Committee has organized and sponsored ORIGINALS 2007 to be hosted at both the Harwood Museum of Art and the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, from September 25th through December 30th 2007.
Started in 1999, ORIGINALS, a biennial juried exhibition open to all living New Mexican women artists, was first held in Santa Fe at LewAllen Contemporary, showcasing 83 artists; in 2001 58 artists exhibited in the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos; in 2003 the Albuquerque Museum hosted 67 artists while in 2005, 71 artists exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. Since 2001 selected invited artists have also been included.
This year over 500 artists responded to the Call for Entry which had a mid May deadline. Works of art selected for the Taos exhibition were juried by three outstanding jurors, experts in their field: Diane Dean Dittemore, Ethnological Collections Curator at Arizona State University - a specialist in Native American art. Julia Kirt, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – a specialist in contemporary art. Alfred J. Quiroz, a Full Professor of Art, Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona – a specialist in Hispanic art.
The high caliber of New Mexico women artists is also being recognized by honoring five outstanding artists: Judy Chicago, feminist artist, author and educator from Belen, New Mexico; Linda Lomahaftewa, painter printmaker and educator from Santa Fe, New Mexico; Angelina Delgado Martinez, tin-smith and needle-worker of Colcha embroidery from Santa Fe, New Mexico; Ramona Sakiestewa, weaver, painter and design consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian , also from Santa Fe and Mildred Tolbert, a documentary photographer from Taos New Mexico. Each honored artist will be recognized at a private Awards Ceremony on September 28th.
During the exhibition educational and interactive programs will be held at both museums, encouraging mothers and daughters to visit a museum and make some art together. Lectures and gallery talks will also be scheduled.
Visitors to the 2005 exhibition exceeded over 28,000 from all over the United States and from 32 foreign countries with over 1500 attending the Public Opening – this year’s organizers are anticipating a similar turn out in Taos.