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The Indigenous Intervention on Progress Conference

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The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Indigenous Liberal Studies Department is convening an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of progressThe Indigenous Intervention on Progress is being convened to bring forth ideas related to the Indigenous experience with the concept of progress in culture, literature, philosophy, history, politics, economics, film, television, art, music, social theory, and business. The concept of progress has many applications and responses in the Indigenous world including assimilation, economic development, education, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language, psychology, and more.    

An online journal of papers from this conference will be published through IAIA.

The conference will begin 9 a.m., Thursday, March 13 and will end at noon Saturday, March 15 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque. Sessions will run 90 minutes, with sessions at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. each day. Presentation times should be 15-17 minutes in sessions of four speakers and 20-22 minutes in sessions of three speakers; plus, time for discussion and questions.

Thursday evening will be a poetry reading with a reception to follow. The conference keynote presentation will be at 8 p.m. on Friday and will be followed by a reception. Our keynote speaker this year is Rose Simpson, M.F.A., an artist from Santa Clara Pueblo, who is an emerging multi-media artist who challenges the status quo of Native American art.

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Rose B. Simpson

          The Answer that Ended Creation
        Ceramic sculpture – Rose B. Simpson

Daughter of clay sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and Patrick Simpson, a wood and metal contemporary artist, Rose has experienced art throughout her life in Santa Fe and on the Santa Clara Pueblo Reservation. Being from both Indigenous and European descent, with art and philosophy primary in both families, she applies her abilities in ceramic and mixed media sculpture, installation, drawing, aerosol painting, writing, music, and performance to finding the relationship between aesthetic expression and the everyday life.

After studying at the University of New Mexico and IAIA, she received a B.F.A. in Studio Arts in 2007, and an Honors M.F.A. in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011.

Simpson’s experience has spanned across numerous exhibitions including shows at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Museum of the American Indian, SITE Santa Fe International Biennial, Heard Museum, and most recently the Denver Art Museum. In 2010, she studied ceramics in Japan, resulting in an exhibition. She is currently represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, and is a mem ber of the Board of Directors of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, non-profit in Santa Clara Pueblo. Living and working in Santa Clara, she is a caretaker of one of the Institute’s sites, a classroom space and future model for sustainable living systems. She is currently working toward an Associates degree in Automotive Science, (Auto Body) at Northern New Mexico College.

View the artist’s website. Read an article about her work in the Vision Project.