516 ARTS presents Artists as Knowledge Carriers, featuring the work of New Mexico artists who are mentors of the next generation of artists. As art professors in higher education – including New Mexico State University (NMSU), the University of New Mexico (UNM), and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) – these artists are guiding emerging artists into the future. Their role is essential in cultivating critical and informed intellects in the realms of contemporary art and global culture. In the rapidly shifting era of the pandemic and social justice reckoning, art professors’ commitment to their students remains strong. Their teaching spans artistic methodologies, cultural discernment, and a variety of skills to navigate the art world and creative economy. This exhibition looks at the artistic production of the mentors themselves, whose practices reveal their own unique visions, rigor, and dedication to their craft. Artists include: Jamison Chaz Banks, Mayumi Nishida, Daisy Quesada, James Rivera (Yaqui), and Will Wilson (Diné), among others.
Artists as Knowledge Carriers (February 4 – May 6, 2023) is curated by 516 ARTS Curator Rachelle B. Pablo (Diné) with curatorial consultant Leslie Castro Moody. It is in conjunction with Together Through as Within focusing on NMSU Department of Art faculty at NMSU Art Museum (January 20 - March 12, 2023), guest curated by Leslie Moody Castro and featuring the work of Bree Lamb/Muscle Memory + Joshua Clark/Muscle Memory, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Becca Smith, Brita d’Agostino, Craig Cully, Motoko Furuhashi, Michelle Haberl, Jeffrey Erwin, Julia Barello, Maggie Day, Christopher Bardey, and Carissa Samaniego.