Local artist’s work to be exhibited in Taos

Special to the QCS

Work by local artist Dejean Jawrunner will be on exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art/Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos Sept 28 to Dec. 30.

Over 500 New Mexico women artists submitted their work for this biennial juried exhibition and 98 were accepted.
Jawrunner said she is honored and excited to have her work recognized at this level. “Throughout history, women have had little recognition for their work. Since making art is what gives my life purpose, being included in the New Mexico Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Art’s Show is especially wonderful. I feel like a small part of a greater good and am humbled to be in the presence of such strong women.”

Affiliated with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., the New Mexico Committee has organized and sponsored ORIGINALS since 1999.

The exhibition is open to all living New Mexican women artists and was first held in Santa Fe at LewAllen Contemporary, showcasing 83 artists; in 2001 58 artists exhibited in the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos; in 2003 the Albuquerque Museum hosted 67 artists while in 2005, 71 artists exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. Since 2001 selected invited artists have also been included.
Works of art selected for the Taos exhibition were juried by three jurors, experts in their field: Diane Dean Dittemore, Ethnological Collections Curator at Arizona State University, a specialist in Native American art. Julia Kirt, the executive director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, a specialist in contemporary art. Alfred J. Quiroz, a full Professor of Art, Painting and Drawing at the University of Arizona, a specialist in Hispanic art.

Jawrunner will be in “great” company including the five honored outstanding artists: Judy Chicago, feminist artist, author and educator from Belen; Linda Lomahaftewa, painter printmaker and educator from Santa Fe; Angelina Delgado Martinez, tin-smith and needle-worker of Colcha embroidery from Santa Fe; Ramona Sakiestewa, weaver, painter and design consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian, also from Santa Fe and Mildred Tolbert, a documentary photographer from Taos.Locally, Jawrunner’s work can be seen by visiting Mesalands Community College’s Fine Arts Bronze Foundry.

For information about the upcoming exhibit at Harwood Museum of Art/Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos call (505) 758-9826 or e-mail: info@harwoodmuseum.com