Catch up on recent art news headlines in the Southwest region, including people on the move, grants, and more.
Santa Fe-Based Art Critic Dave Hickey Dies at Eighty-Two
“Bad boy of art criticism” Dave Hickey died at his Santa Fe home on November 12 at the age of eighty-two from heart disease, according to the Los Angeles Times, Artnet, and other news outlets. Hickey won a Peabody Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Frank Jewett Mather award for art criticism, and taught art criticism at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo of Taos Pueblo Passes Away
Taos Pueblo artist DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo was found dead outside of her Taos Pueblo home on November 13. She was twenty-nine years old. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Suazo’s boyfriend has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with her death. According to media outlets, Suazo, an Institute of American Indian Arts graduate, exhibited at Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Indian Market and Fair in Phoenix, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Artist Market.
The Solacii Fundraising Campaign
From now through year’s end, Santa Fe gallery form & concept is holding a fundraising campaign to aid in the repair of The Solacii, a public art sculpture that was destroyed by a suspected arsonist on August 21, 2021. A fundraising reception at the gallery is scheduled for Friday, December 3 with planned performances by Anastazia Louise of Bad Unkl Sista, Tigre Mashaal-Lively, Nikesha Breeze, Lazarus Nance Letcher, and more.
Hinterland Gallery, Santa Fe
At the time of writing, John Barker and Grady Gordon had recently opened Hinterland Gallery (818 Camino Sierra Vista, located near Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive), which will focus on displaying work by early- to mid-career artists. Immemorial, the gallery’s inaugural group exhibition, showcases pieces by approximately twenty-four contemporary artists including Anthony Hurd and Thais Mather. The show, open by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a viewing), is scheduled to hang through December 15, 2021.
Grants and Awards
Chinati Announces 2022 Artists in Residence
Jesus Benavente, Mike Crane, Sarah Crowner, Dionne Lee, and David Watson will be the 2022 Chinati artists in residence. The Chinati Foundation’s Artists in Residence program, established in 1989, provides a furnished apartment on the museum’s grounds and an artist studio in Marfa, Texas.
City of Reno Set to Receive $500,000 Arts Grant
The City of Reno, Nevada is among the recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) grant. As reported by Double Scoop, the funding “will be used to save jobs and fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation in [Reno’s] local arts.”
Santa Fe Film Institute Announces Grant Awardees
Deja Bernhardt, Sharon Arteaga, Siena Sofia Bergt, Petyr Xyst, and Lois Lipman are recipients of Santa Fe Film Institute’s (SFFI) first regional grant cycle. According to a press release, SFFI will provide a total of $5,000 in funding distributed among the 2021 awarded film projects.
Leadership Changes and Appointments
Andrea Karnes Becomes Chief Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth recently promoted Andrea Karnes to chief curator. According to a press release, Karnes, who has been with The Modern since the early 1990s, will “direct the Modern’s exhibition program, organize special exhibitions, coordinate with guest curators, direct acquisitions, and oversee the installation of the Museum’s renowned permanent collection.”
ASU Names Cheryl Boone Isaacs as Founding Director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2013-201, has been hired as founding director of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School at Arizona State University. A press release states that the film school, with a student body of nearly 700 enrollees, will soon add two locations in addition to its current home on the main Tempe campus. Boone Isaacs, a Black woman, is slated to begin her new job January 1, 2022.
Sorakamol Annette Prapasiri Leads a Revived Creative Santa Fe
After a year-long hiatus, Creative Santa Fe announced an expanded mission as well as a new executive director, Sorakamol (pronounced so-RAH-ka-mohn) Annette Prapasiri. The non-profit “convening organization” plans to expand its programming to “leverage creativity and design to build a more vibrant, resilient, and inclusive community.” Founded in 2005, Creative Santa Fe held a nuclear weapons summit in 2016 and is leading the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center, an under-construction affordable housing project for lower-income artists.