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Mountain Mover Media Wins Two Rocky Mountain Emmys

In early November, Santa Fe-based video production company Mountain Mover Media received the Rocky Mountain Emmys for Become: ORLANDO DUGI in the Artistic programming category (Short form) and for Yo Prometo for the best musical arrangement / composition. Become: ORLANDO DUGI is an eight-minute biopic about Navajo fashion designer and former Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) artist-in-residence Orlando Dugi. It was directed, shot and edited by Kaela Waldstein of Mountain Mover Media and produced by IAIA Assistant Professor Amber-Dawn Bear Robe (Blackfoot / Siksika) for the Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA).

This is Bear Robe and Waldstein’s second Emmy for a collaborative project. The first was their video from 2018 Walk with Pride: Santa Fe Indian Market’s Haute Couture Fashion Show. Short film Dugi follows the creation and revelation of the artist 2020 Capsule collection and explores the inspirations of his work. It was featured at SWAIA Virtual Indian Market 2020 Fashion Show. – Michael Abatemarco

Institute of American Indian Arts Wins Best Museum Studies Program

The National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) launched its first EMP awards program in recognition of outstanding service to emerging museum professionals. The Department of Museum Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts received the award for Best Museum Studies Program, along with Cooperstown’s Graduate Program and the University of Washington’s Masters in Museology program. The award recognizes the diversity and inclusiveness of the IAIA program and the quality of education and training it provides to emerging museum professionals.

“We’re one of the oldest museum studies programs in a school in the country, so it’s a very well established program,” said Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery director Mattie Reynolds (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma). in a press release. “Larger nonprofits and dedicated museum and field professional organizations showcasing what IAIA does are helping us market ourselves as a competitive program for Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum professionals. ” New Mexico is starting its own NEMPN affiliate chapter through the New Mexico Museums Association (NMAM), which will provide resources for current students and recent graduates of museum studies programs statewide . – MY

Students of the IAIA Museum Studies Department

Local poet Christine R. Lund wins the Southwest Book Design and Production Award for Me and his shadow

The Southwest Book Design and Production Awards have announced their 2021 winners and finalists, including local author and poet Christine R. Lund Me and his shadow (Finishing Line Press, 46 pages, $ 14.99). “My poems in this chapbook celebrate the life of my daughter, Kaja Mauldin, who grew up here, and my healing journey after her death at age 23,” Lund said. Pasatiempo. The book, which features a portrait of Mauldin on the cover, won the prize in the poetry category.

The Southwest Book Design and Production Awards Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the New Mexico Book Association. The awards recognize creativity and quality in book design and distinction in production in publishing throughout the Southwest. – MY

Obscura Gallery Facilitates Photographer Manuello Paganelli’s Grant for Emerging Artist Shayla Blatchford

Shayla Blatchford, a Santa Fe-based Diné documentary photographer, received the second grant from Obscura Gallery Artist Manuello Paganelli. Grant contributes to Blatchford’s ongoing program Anti-uranium mapping project, which documents the stories of those affected by uranium mining and the Navajo Nation’s 500 abandoned uranium mines. “This interactive photo documentary map is very personal to me,” Blatchford said in a statement. “It contains the story of my heritage and the stories of my own family dealing with the impacts of living near a coal mine. Ultimately, this project serves as historical documentation of the era of uranium mining, from an Indigenous perspective.

In addition to the $ 600 grant, Paganelli and Obscura Gallery provide grantees with commentary and portfolio review and advice on their projects. Paganelli is a Los Angeles-based fine art photographer who has chosen a Native American photographer in New Mexico as a scholarship recipient for the second year in a row. Last year, he awarded a scholarship to photographer Diné Sharon Chischilly for her photographic work on the Navajo reservation during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Read Chischilly’s project on – MA

A grant supports Native American cinema

The Santa Fe Film Institute received $ 10,000 from the Native American Advised Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation to support the Indigenous Film Program it presents each October as part of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. “This grant will help SFiFF travel the earth in search of the best cinematic narrative from Native American and Native filmmakers around the world, ”Festival Advisory Board Chairman Gary Farmer said in a press release. The Indigenous Film Program was created by Farmer and has recognized Indigenous filmmakers such as Tantoo Cardinal, Wes Studi, and Chris Eyre.

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival wrapped up its 13th festival in 2021. This year’s program included 17 feature films and short films created by Indigenous filmmakers with a focus on Indigenous subjects. The Native American Advised Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation was established in 1993 with a donation from sculptor Allan Houser (Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache). – Jennifer Levin

Santa Fe-based nonprofit photography organization receives federal funding for lecture series

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nonprofit arts organization CENTER $ 162,500 in funding for a new discussion series, The Democratic Lens: Photography and Civic Engagement, in 2022-2023. The series will be in six parts and is free to the public.

An electronic newsletter from the CENTER describes the series as guided by a multidisciplinary scientific advisory board and as an exploration of the historical accounts of American populations “who have used photography as a tool to reshape the cultural landscape of the United States.” … We will tell the stories that shaped the country by examining the role of photography in American labor rights, the women’s movement, the civil rights movement, indigenous movements, and more. – JL

New Mexico Restaurant Association awards first prize to chef from Santa Fe

Compound Restaurant Chef-Owner Mark Kiffin has been named Chef of the Year 2021 by the New Mexico Restaurant Association. Kiffin plunged into the world of Santa Fe restaurants in 1990 as chef at Coyote Café and in 2000 took over The Compound, a historic upscale restaurant on Canyon Road. Kiffin was named one of America’s Best Chefs by the James Beard Foundation in 2005.

“Under his energetic leadership, The Compound has won numerous awards for its food, wine and service,” said a press release from The Compound. “Its super powers of innovation, style and freshness translate into a contemporary American menu focused on regional ingredients and locally sourced.” composé – JL

Rotary Club announces Distinguished Artist of the Year

Mark Spencer is the Rotary Club of Santa Fe’s Distinguished Artist of the Year. Spencer received a $ 5,000 cash prize at the club’s weekly reunion on December 2. Spencer, 72, has lived in Santa Fe since 1976. His paintings have been exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art *, the Frye Museum in Seattle, and in local and international galleries. His most recent exhibition was a retrospective of his work at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe.

The Rotary Club presented the award to a local artist who has achieved national recognition since 1981. Previous recipients include Allan Houser, Agnes Martin, Nora Naranjo-Morse and Elliot Porter. – JL

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