Visual Arts Department Annual Juried Exhibition,

NMSA is pleased and honored to host this year’s Guest Juror Will Wilson,
Artist and Head of Photography at the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM

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Juried Student Gallery
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Saint Garret “How to Reemerge into Society!” (2021) 1 min

Ray Palomino “Landscape Obstruction” 3D Modeling

Cruz Davis-Martinez
Untitled – 1 min

About the Guest Juror: WILL WILSON

We are honored to have Will Wilson join us as this year’s juror.
Will is an artist and educator in Santa Fe, NM who teaches photography at SFCC.
To learn more about Will’s artwork visit the website below.

Learn More

Will Wilson’s art projects center around the continuation and transformation of customary Indigenous cultural practice. He is a Diné photographer and trans-customary artist who spent his formative years living on the Navajo Nation. Wilson studied photography, sculpture, and art history at the University of New Mexico (MFA, Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993). In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, in 2010 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Sculpture, in 2016 the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Photography and in 2020 Wilson was the Doran Artist in Residence a the Yale University Art Gallery. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08). In 2017, Wilson received the NM Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. His work is exhibited and collected internationally. Wilson is program Head of Photography at Santa Fe Community College.

Artist Statement


Since 2005, I have been creating a series of artworks entitled Auto Immune Response, which takes as its subject the quixotic relationship between a post-apocalyptic Diné (Navajo) man and the devastatingly beautiful, but toxic environment he inhabits.  The series is an allegorical investigation of the extraordinarily rapid transformation of Indigenous lifeways, the dis-ease it has caused, and strategies of response that enable cultural survival.  The latest iteration of the Auto Immune Response series features an installation of a hogan greenhouse, entitled, Auto Immune Response Research Facility, in which Indigenous food plants are grown. This facility will be accompanied by a set of large-scale photographs illustrating the botany and cultivation of vital resources.  My hope is that this project will serve as a pollinator, creating formats for exchange and production that question and challenge the social, cultural and environmental systems that surround us.


To inquire about purchasing an artwork, please contact:
Karina Hean, Visual Arts Chair 505-372-8432 | karina.hean@nmsa-ai.org

Note: NFS = not for sale.  Shipping requires extra charges, to be determined


Due to Covid-19, we cannot safely gather in the gallery together to enjoy this exhibition.  The VAD hope you enjoy this virtual version.  More artwork and documentation of the exhibition will be coming soon and added to this webpage.

This exhibition is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Hayes Foundation, the Stranahan Foundation, and the Howard L. Franks Trust in support of the Visual Arts Department.

About the Process

Each Visual Arts student determines the media, imagery, and concept in the creation of a new work to enter into “All for One”.  To prepare, the Visual Arts Department sets aside three dedicated studio days to brainstorm, develop, evaluate, revise, and resolve their submission.  Visual Arts Instructors and Visual Art student peer mentor/ees meet with one another for feedback and guidance.  A key pre-professional skillset being developed in each exhibition at NMSA is that of backward planning from a deadline.  Negotiating the knowns and unknowns of the creative process, creating thoughtful, well-crafted works ready for exhibition, documentation, inventory submission forms, and pricing are also supported throughout this learning experience.


‘Salon des Refuses’ Gallery
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