Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:30pm CST
William Wilson, Diné, born 1969
AIR (Auto‐immune Response) #2, 2004
Archival pigment print
© William Wilson, courtesy of the artist
William (Will) Wilson’s art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary indigenous cultural practice. Wilson is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. Born in San Francisco, he studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, in 2010 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Sculpture, and in 2016 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Photography. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). From 2009 through 2011, Wilson managed the National Vision Project, A Ford Foundation initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, helping to coordinate the New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) program for the Navajo Nation. In 2017, Wilson’s received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally. Wilson is currently the Program Head of Photography at Santa Fe Community College as well as the King Fellow Artist-in-Residence at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Register for this event here.
Studio Visit with participating Magnetic West artist Mark Klett
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 6:30pm CST
Mark Klett is a photographer interested in the intersection of places, history and time. His background includes working as a geologist before turning to photography. Klett has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Japan/US Friendship Commission. His work has been exhibited and published in the United States and internationally, and is held in over eighty museum collections worldwide. He is the author/co-author of eighteen books, including the recently released Seeing Time, Forty Years of Photographs (2020). Klett is Regents’ Professor of Art and Distinguished Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University. Register for this event here.
Studio Visit with participating Magnetic West artist Kathya Landeros
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 6:30pm CST
Kathya Maria Landeros is a Mexican-American photographer and educator. Influenced by her bi-cultural upbringing, her work of over a decade focuses on Latinx communities and the exploration of history, migration, representation, and belonging. Her research has been supported through a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright, and residencies at the Rayko Photo Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Prior to joining the faculty of Wellesley College as an assistant professor in the Department of Art, Landeros taught at public institutions of higher education in California and Massachusetts. She holds a graduate degree in photography from MassArt and a dual undergraduate degree in English literature and Hispanic studies from Vassar College. She divides her time between the Northeast and California. Register for this event here.