By Marilee Petranovich
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.”