In honor of the 15th Anniversary, the International Folk Art Market presents “Folk Art Matters,” a series of lectures, presentations, and artist demonstrations that cover the deep cultural impulses that inform the inception and creation of folk art from around the world.  IFAM is proud to present two renowned folk art scholars in its fall series. All lectures will be held at IFAM Headquarters: 620 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505. Lectures are free and open to the public.


Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff
“Recycled, Re-Seen—Revisited: Critical Reflections on Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap”
Thursday, December 13
6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Free Admission  

Almost a quarter century after the opening of award-winning exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art, “Recycled, Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap” at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM, folk art scholar and curator, Dr. Suzanne Seriff will offer some critical reflections on the global impact—for both artists and consumers alike—of the marketplace sensation that has developed in the intervening years on the folk transformation of one person’s trash into another’s treasure.


Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff is a Senior Lecturer in Folklore and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in cultural anthropology, museum representation, dialogue and civic engagement. She also serves as Director of the Arts and Social Justice Internship Program at UT’s Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT Austin, and is a Humanities Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020. A PhD in Folklore and Anthropology, Seriff combines innovative teaching with museum consultation and curation, nationwide, on humanities issues around museum representation, civic engagement, folk arts and social justice in the American public sphere. Seriff has guest curated and co-directed several nationally traveling museum projects including the above mentioned “Recycled, Re-Seen,” which won the American Alliance of Museum’s 1997 Curator’s Committee Exhibition Award, and the 2009 NEH-funded exhibition “Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island,” for the Bullock Texas State History Museum. From 2010-2017, Dr. Seriff served as guest curator and founding director of the Gallery of Conscience at the Museum of International Folk Art, a participatory exhibition space that draws on the power of folk art to spark meaningful community engagement around social justice and human rights issues of our time, including women’s empowerment, natural disaster, HIV/AIDS, and the ethics of the marketplace. From 2007-2013, Dr. Seriff also served as the head of the artist selection committee for the International Folk Art Market-Santa Fe.


Past Folk Art Matters Lectures

Jeff Snell, CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kim Meredith and Mayor Alan Webber
Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Innovation in Business, Government and Nonprofits
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kathleen Kelly Janus
Social Startup Success: How to Maximize Impact for Social Causes: Lecture and Booksigning 
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fred de Sam Lazaro (Under-Told Stories, PBS) Presented with Creative Santa Fe
Friday, July 13, 2018

Mary Anne Wise
Lecture and Book Signing
“Rug Money: How A Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation”
Thursday, October 18, 2019