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IAIA to Represent Native America at China Expo

Santa Fe, NM | Sep 10, 2013 –

IAIA alumna and faculty member Linda Lomahaftewa and alumni Melissa Cody and Steve LaRance will be the first Native American artists to participate in a Culture Expo in China during October. They will be displaying and selling their art at the West Lake International Expo on Traditional Craftsmanship, which is held under the auspices of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the China National Center for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage, October 17 – 20 in Hangzhou.  Hangzhou is an internationally famous tourism city in China with 8.8 million people near Shanghai, one of the world’s largest cities with a population of 23 million people.

Melissa Cody (Navajo) is a contemporary weaver who specializes in the Germantown Revival style of weaving. Steve LaRance (Hopi-Assiniboine) jeweler and designer.  Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Tewa) is a professor of studio arts and painting at IAIA. The three will join 400 other participants from all over the world to display and sell their art to an estimated one million visitors.  In addition, Lomahaftewa will join 30 other international and local Chinese scholars in attending a four-day workshop on safeguarding and promoting sustainable development of traditional craftsmanship.

IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin has worked with the two international coordinators of this Expo, Kevin Zheng, the owner of the Asian Restaurant in Santa Fe, and Ying Zhang, a poet and the first Chinese student at IAIA, to identify the three IAIA alumni participants.

“This will be a great opportunity to raise the awareness of IAIA and its talented alumni in China and on an international level,” Martin said.

Once the artists are in China, costs for domestic transportation, food and lodging will be covered by the Chinese Organizing Committee. Expenses for the cost of international airfare, however, will have to be raised.

Zheng will host a fundraiser for the IAIA alumni at his Asian Restaurant, 2400 Cerrillos Road, on September 13 – 15, and will contribute 25 percent of the proceeds for that weekend to cover travel expenses for the artists. In addition, a silent art auction will be held for patrons to bid on art donated by the artists, Zheng and others.
For more information about the fundraiser, call 983-3600. For more information about IAIA, please visit www.iaia.edu.         

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