Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UNM-Gallup Students Attend The Yuma Symposium

By Marilee Petranovich
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Gallup, New Mexico – UNM-Gallup Instructor Kristi Wilson and Associate Professor John Zimmerman recently accompanied six of their students to the 2017 Yuma Art Symposium in Yuma, Arizona.  The Symposium is an annual event that recognizes both internationally known and emerging artists through a series of lectures, demonstrations and slide presentations.  The UNM-Gallup students attending were also able to exhibit personal art pieces during the Student Show.

Mary Roan, a student in Wilson’s Small Metals Construction class found the field trip to be a positive addition to her academic coursework.  “This was a very educational experience.  The Yuma Art Symposium has further opened my mind’s eye to endless possibilities in the world of art and how it is therapeutic and necessary in our everyday lives whether we are creators of art or not.”

The students were able to choose from a variety of workshops and presentations including photos, metals, wood and mixed media.  Students were actively involved in the Symposium and many had the opportunity to assist presenters, help in the catering of meals, and act as guides for other students. 

Sharmayne Arviso was inspired by exposure to different artists.  “It is basically about giving other artists a brighter understanding to be more creative with their own ideas.  To see my work and my fellow classmates’ work displayed at the Symposium was one of the best things.  At the end of the day, hearing people give feedback about your work is something that can help you with your work.”

Monty Thompson was grateful for the opportunity to attend the Symposium. “From the small scale metal art, ceramics, drawings, paintings, wood art, and the printmaking to the beautiful photography.  They were all amazing.  A trip like none other.”  The ability to showcase their artwork was an added benefit noted by all the students.  Cobin Bo Willie was happy to have the chance to publicly display one of his designs. “Even now to feel that my art is on the same caliber as many there was assurance for my confidence in my own art.  This was the first time a piece of my art was ever shown in any gallery.” 

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