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.
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,
6:00 pm -7:30 pm
At the heart of RUG MONEY is the work of artist Mary Anne Wise and her committed team at Multicolores, a nonprofit rug-hooking cooperative they formed in Guatemala. Through a compelling narrative, the authors describe how they built a business framework from within the local culture and created successful teaching strategies that encouraged both artistic advancements as well as personal growth-all while establishing and maintaining their enterprise as a force in the global marketplace. Poignant individual profiles of several of the Maya artists and what participation in the project has meant to them bring the story from economics to heart. Joe Coca’s award-winning photography captures the spirit of the Maya women, their art, and their commitment to one another.
Mary Anne Wise is an esteemed American textile artist whose hooked and woven works are included in corporate and private collections across the US and Canada. She is a Wisconsin State Arts Board grant recipient and a recipient of a commission by the MN Percent for the Arts program. From 1979-1994 her custom woven rugs were represented in Merchandise Mart showrooms from New York to Los Angeles. From 1994-2008 her textile production focused on her studio practice. She lives on a century farmstead in rural Stockholm, WI where she and her husband, painter Arne Nyen raised their family.
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
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