The non-profit Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque is currently hosting the 38th Annual Native American Student Art Show. The two-month-long exhibition showcases the finest Native art from Pueblo students across New Mexico. Submissions are open to Pueblo students from kindergarten to 12th grade, and awards based on age and medium are given by a jury. In addition to regular awards, the jury also gives out a Best in Show Award to a deserving student.
Held every year since 1979, the Native American Student Art Show has been located at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center since its first year. Each year, students are given a theme to base their artwork around. For the 38th edition of the art show, the selected theme was the power of storytelling. The jury presented 9 first-place awards for paintings, drawings, three dimensional artwork and mixed media creations. Leanna Lauis, a 16-year old student, won the Best in Show Award for her work in the mixed media category.
Winners and runners-up will display their work at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Artists Circle Gallery until January 5, 2018. Selected works will be available for purchase with all profits going towards the young artists.
The Native American Student Art Show is just one of the many Native American cultural events that the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center throws each year. They also host the Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival every October. The festival coincides with Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta and features curated Native handicrafts and traditional dancing from Zuni and Jemez Pueblos.