IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

October 11, 2012 | 4 pmAlumni Sculpture Dedication at Rancho Viejo Roundabout

Join IAIA at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in the dedication of alumnus Craig Dan Goseyun’s Follows the Mountain, a 17,000-pound sculpture made of Italian marble and fabricated steel. Goseyun dedicated his senior thesis project to IAIA, which now sits at the roundabout at Richards Avenue and College Drive.

The sculpture, about five years in the making, was in part the result of influences from Goseyun’s grandfather who was a San Carlos Apache medicine man. His grandfather prayed at sunrise for this world, his community, his family and himself, facing east with his head held high with respect. Follows the Mountain depicts a head tilted at a 32-degree angle facing east. It is also inspired by 32 sacred Apache songs.

Goseyun (Gansih Yan), who is a member of the Tu Dihiln Clan, began his college education at Haskell Junior Indian College and continued his studies at Arizona State University. He completed his Associate of Fine Arts with a double major in photography and sculpture at IAIA in 1985. After apprenticing with renowned sculptor and IAIA instructor Allan Houser from 1984 to 1990, he then created his own business, Craig Dan Goseyun Studio, LLC. He has commissioned works at Disney franchises, including Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and Disney Sea in Tokyo. Among his works in major collections:

•    Life-size bronze, Acorn Harvest, Los Alamos, N.M., 1995
•    9-foot bronze, Water Carrier, Museum of Anthropology, Spooner Hall, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., 1996
•    Two life-size bronze, Apache Maiden and Apache Gahn Dancer II, Autry Museum, Pasadena, Calif., 1996

While Follows the Mountain had long been in the making, it was only in the rough stages. Goseyun re-started the project with the intent of completion after returning to IAIA to obtain his bachelor’s degree. With help from fellow student colleague, Carlo Martinez, it took Goseyun about a year to finish, ending the 8- x 5 1/2-foot sculpture on September 13 just after graduation. He graduated from IAIA with a B.F.A. in studio arts in May 2012. The Rancho Viejo North Association, Drs. Judy and Dennis Reinhartz, IAIA and the Santa Fe Community College all pitched in more than $4,600 to commission a crane to move the massive sculpture from campus to the roundabout and to pay for finishing costs. Goseyun’s gift completes a request to IAIA by the Rancho Viejo North Association to help beautiful the community. The developers of the subdivision gave 140 acres to the Institute more than a decade ago when IAIA was looking for a permanent home.

For other students undertaking such a monumental task, Goseyun offers this advice: “My time of success is working really hard and putting in at least 14 hours a day doing your artwork.”


Parking for the event is available at the Santa Fe Community College.