Curator’s Circle: Makaya Lewis & Daisy Quezada Ureña (Register)
July 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join the Wheelwright Museum for a new series of the Curator’s Circle, our informal salons featuring exhibitions artists in Indigenous Women: Border Matters.
Makaye Lewis (Tohono O’odham) is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in 1996. Lewis comes from the small, secluded village of Ventana on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona. Her hometown has a current population of forty-nine and is located sixty miles from the Mexican border. Lewis says that she is informed by her Tohono O’odham heritage and people; her artwork is an extension of both environmental influences and cultural narratives. “My practice is a product of my exploration of creative processes and observational studies.” She received her Associate of Fine Arts at Tohono O’odham Community College in 2017 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM in 2020. Lewis is a recipient of the Walt Disney Company Scholarship. Her work has been highlighted in the following Institute of American Indian Arts exhibitions: Visitors and Intruders, and Thirteen in 2019, Small Mediums At Large and Día de Los Muertos: More than Sugar Skulls in 2018, and Art Rush in 2017.
Daisy Quezada Ureña (Mexican-American) is visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice she creates ceramic works and installations that address identity and place in relation to social structures that cross between imposed borders. Quezada Ureña has worked alongside nonprofit organizations like El Otro Lado/The Other Side located in Southern California and Mexico and Downtown Aurora Visual Arts located in Colorado which impact local communities by bringing art to youth. In 2016, she cofounded Present Cartographers, a collective invested in artists working within the theme of immigration, recently launching Terreno: Borderland Linguistics, a chapterbook featuring works by national and international artists. She is a 2020 recipient of the United States Latinx Art Forum, Charla Fund grant. Quezada Ureña’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at The Denver Art Museum, Summerhall (Edinburg, Scotland), New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei, Taiwan), Icheon Ceramics Festival (Icheon, South Korea), and the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts (Hubei Province, Wuhan, China), and the Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma. Quezada Ureña received her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Delaware with an emphasis in Ceramics. She is a faculty member in the Studio Arts Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.