Light Echoes at Tai Modern through September 23, 2017//August 17, 2017

Light Echoes, the culmination of my involvement with the Chaco Heritage Project at the Maxwell Museum, opened Friday, August 11th at Tai Modern Gallery in Santa Fe. The show will be up through September 23rd. In my fifth solo exhibition at Tai Modern, I show pieces inspired by the architecture and beauty of Chaco Canyon and its objects and ruins. The works reflect the Chacoan peoples’ interest in celestial patterns. The Raven series developed from memories of my time at Chaco. The exhibit is accompanied by a catalog describing the project and work.

Nebula 12 added to the Sara Lieberman collection//August 12, 2017

Sara Lieberman of Scottsdale, AZ just added my tapestry, Nebula 12, to her prestigious collection. Sara and her late husband David have donated a large collection of ceramics to Arizona State University, and collect monumental sculptures.

Chaco cups available at Tai Modern gallery//August 10, 2017

The idea for these cups predates my involvement with the Maxwell Museum’s Chaco Heritage project, but the project and related show were a perfect time to produce and release the cup. I have always been infatuated with the contours and decorations of ceramic vessels from Chaco. The cup’s shape is based on drinking vessels found at Chaco, and I have reinterpreted Chaco ceramic patterns for the pattern on the handle. Working from my sketches, my husband engineered the mug on the computer. We made the prototype on a 3D printer. Molds were made from the 3D printed model by a boutique ceramic studio in the USA, who then cast a limited edition of 100 mugs from the molds. Each mug has my laser etched signature.

The cups are for sale for $55 at Tai Modern Gallery in Santa Fe until September 23rd.

Tempe Center for the Arts lobby carpet refresh//July 28, 2017

After ten years of foot traffic and events, the carpet I designed for the Tempe Center for the Arts lobby will be replaced to give the Center a freshening. Waterflow is 7,800 square feet of custom carpet. The design is based on a watercolor. The flow of bubbles moves from the lobby to the exterior windows overlooking and infinity pool and beyond that, a view of the Rio Salado. The Center will reopen on September 8th.

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Chaco Heritage Project Roundtable Discussion, Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting//March 7, 2017

Ramona will be participating in a roundtable discussion during the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, NM.

With a $40,000 grant from the NEA-NPS initiative, Imagine Your Parks, the Maxwell Museum offered ten artist residencies for access to its Chaco archaeological collections and those of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park Museum. A World Heritage Site in northwest New Mexico and center of inspiration and identity, CNHP is the ancestral home of contemporary Puebloan and Navajo peoples. Artists from descendant communities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas were selected to explore these collections and visit the park. This roundtable provides a forum for participating artists to present their interpretations and experiences to the public.

Dr. Lea S. McChesney, Curator at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM, will moderate the roundtable, entitled “Chaco Heritage: Contemporary Native American Artists Explore Ancient Traditions,” which will be held in the North Ballroom of the La Fonda Hotel from 10:00 – 11:50 am on March 28, 2017. The Tuesday sessions of the annual meeting are open to the public.

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