The Santa Fe Indian Market fashion show shined a spotlight on Indigenous designers who bring new perspectives to an industry in need of positive, equitable change.
Phoenix seeks community input as the city considers bond funding for a new Latino Cultural Center and other creative projects, all while art spaces rebound from COVID-19 impacts.
The pandemic forced Utah’s arts organizations to get creative with funding sources. The strategy ultimately allowed for more direct aid for individual artists and novel programming.
Nancy Rivera’s Laborious Practice Pulls a Thread Between Her Art-Making Process and Her Immigration Experience
Salt Lake City artist Nancy Rivera illustrates the immigrant experience in a series of complex and time-consuming embroideries.
Diego Rodriguez-Warner: Iteratives at Rule Gallery in Denver subverts and reinforces historical permutations of beauty.
Fall back into these Southwest area art exhibitions in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
Illustrations from a Murder Capital: Alice Leora Briggs Portrays Ciudad Juárez’s Recent Dark History
Abecedario de Juárez by artist Alice Leora Briggs and photojournalist Julián Cardona is partly an illustrated glossary of narcolenguaje and partly a collection of stories from the streets.
Merry Scully, former New Mexico Museum of Art head of curatorial affairs, is leaving the state with a heavy heart but with an eager eye towards Southern California.
Utah video artist VHS Vic (Victor Blandon) shows his audience how to find magic in the mundane, the goofy in the serious, and the artistry in making a pizza.
The recent destruction of Santa Fe’s Multicultural mural caused fierce controversy, but its little-told history reveals tough questions about authorship and cross-cultural collaboration.
Siler Yard fills a void in Santa Fe’s affordable housing crunch, especially for artists and long-standing residents. Though celebrated, the development faces challenges.
Clever Octopus’s unionization efforts in Salt Lake City speak out about potential exploitation within creative and arts careers. As living costs rise, unions are becoming more common among underpaid cultural workers.
Son de Allá y Son de Acá brings together sixty contemporary Chicano/a and Latino/a artists from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas across four Albuquerque art galleries.
Ya La’ford, Ogden Contemporary Arts’s first artist-in-residence, visualizes a past, present, and future Southwest in Survey: The West.
Albuquerque artist Leonard Fresquez offered a unique glimpse at the possibilities of art in understanding our world. His June 2022 death at the age of forty-one marks a profound loss.
Sister SLC’s creative, fun, and diverse one-off events are as a safe space for all genders, sexualities, and ethnicities, and increase visibility for Utah’s femme, queer, and nonbinary artists.
Gallery Incomplet in Santa Fe is likely the world’s first art space to exclusively display incomplete works of art, ranging from barely completed paintings to undeveloped rolls of film.
BlakTinx Dance Festival in Phoenix showcases works by Black and Latin choreographers, who bring their creativity to contemporary issues from Black Lives Matter to COVID-19.
Gutiérrez Hubbell House spotlights life-sustaining New Mexico acequias and reimagines museum practice with a new guest-curator program.
Arts advocates in Arizona celebrate a new state budget that includes $5 million for the arts, more than doubling the state’s arts funding.
Floyd D. Tunson, one of Colorado’s most important contemporary artists, is the subject of three summer exhibitions shedding light on the breadth and scope of his sociopolitical and race-related themes.
Curator Yvonne Force Villareal inaugurates Brite Force, a new arts initiative in Marfa, Texas, with an exhibition of surreal Western paintings by Will Cotton.
Kim Stringfellow presents the current iteration of her exhibition The Mojave Project, which expands ideas of the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants through transmedia representations.
Kinfolk House’s entry to social practice art is meant to investigate community, culture, and isolation in the venue’s neighborhood of Polytechnic Heights and beyond in Fort Worth.
Hit the road this summer for Southwest art exhibitions in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
Curator Alana Wolf mines the University of Utah’s archives to backdrop the various occurrences of the 1970s—the formative decade in which Robert Smithson’s earthwork Spiral Jetty made its debut.
Shelly C. Lowe (Diné), the first Native American to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities, is approaching her high-profile job at the granting institution through an Indigenous lens.
Jivan Lee’s series 10,000 Mountains represented a fundamental shift for the painter from chasing the light to deep meditations on place that revealed the miraculous through the mundane.
Live in America features under-recognized Southwest cities, such as Albuquerque, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, in a debut performance festival in Northwest Arkansas.
The Albuquerque Museum tells the compelling story of African American homesteading in New Mexico in the exhibition Facing the Rising Sun.
Starting fall 2023, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque will no longer offer a bench jewelry certificate program for its students.
Utah artist Andrew Alba’s newest series of stoic portraits, on display at Modern West starting later this month, come after years of dark brooding and artistic scuffles.
Veterans Off Grid in rural Northern New Mexico helps vulnerable veterans get back on their feet in a setting that’s a model for sustainable architecture, community building, and affordable housing.
During Utah’s 2022 legislative session, poet and community leader Nan Seymour crafted a site vigil and collective poem, an act of community activism that highlighted the in-flux Great Salt Lake.
A believed first-time gathering of Utah contemporary art curators at the 2022 Spring Summit in Green River yields big dreams and ideas for improvement.
A book series diving into historical and current alternative art establishments in major stateside cities visits Texas in Impractical Spaces: Houston. Here are five current H-Town favorites from the book.