Visual Arts Department Annual Juried Exhibition 2020

NMSA is pleased and honored to host this year’s Guest Juror Daisy Quezada,
Artist and Professor of Ceramic Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM


Juried Student Gallery

Skyler Garrett “NO MATTER WHAT OUR PROBLEM” – 2 min

Macaila Armijo Untitled – 2 min

ABOUT “PERSPECTIVE” the annual juried exhibition:

About “Perspective”

The Visual Arts Department annually hosts a visiting Guest Juror to curate an exhibition of NMSA Visual Arts student work in the creation of a juried group exhibition “Perspective”.  The guest juror shares with students about their selection criteria, their artwork, and also their involvement in the art world.  Invited jurors include gallerists, curators, artists, and educators that impact the state of the arts in New Mexico. 
Students explore media and concept of their choosing.  Faculty and peer mentors guide students towards a submission that explores their personal self-expression and research of concept and design.  This experience also introduces students to the role of curator in the art world and competitive juries in the arts.

Daisy Quezada, this year’s juror says of her selection of artwork and the Visual Art students at NMSA:
“I pursued art that went off center, that pushed boundaries. Work that resonated and drew out emotions, rawness, and very much had the presence of the hand and maker. The works as a whole felt responsive to one another. NMSA’s mission is “to provide the highest standard of education excellence to passionate young artists who have demonstrated ability and potential.” From what was shared and submitted it very much seems as they are, but know that this passion and excellence also comes from you. Works such as these are not independent of one another but draw from a community. Your community. And to that I would like to applaud and recognize all the students who submitted. You are all experts in your cultures and I look forward to seeing what more is to come.”

About the Guest Juror: Daisy Quezada

We are honored to have Daisy Quezada join us as this year’s juror.  
Daisy is an artist and educator in Santa Fe, NM who teaches Ceramic Arts at IAIA.
To learn more about Daisy’s artwork visit her website below.

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Daisy Quezada is a visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice she creates ceramic works and installations that speak on themes of identity and place in relation social structures that cross between imposed borders. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at: The Denver Art Museum (Denver,Colorado), Summerhall (Edinburg, Scotland), New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum (New Taipei Taiwan), and Icheon Ceramics Festival (Icheon South Korea). As an extension of her practice Quezada has also worked alongside non-for-profit organization like El Otro Lado/The Other Side and Downtown Aurora Visual Arts that impact community at a local level by bring art to youth.  In 2016 Quezada was one of the cofounders of Present Cartographers, a collective invested in creating a platform for artist working within the theme of immigration. Most recently the collective launched Terreno: Borderland Linguistics, a chapbook that holds writing and visual work by ten national and international artists.

Photo: Clayton Porter. Courtesy Southwest Contemporary.

Artist Statement

Informed through my cultural background from Mexico and the United States, I address social issues that aren’t openly discussed. I hope to substantiate a voice with an overarching identity of being cast aside.  My work bridges the personal to the social, forming a relationship to immigration, gender inequality, labor, and class issues that have resulted in a population that has been left feeling devalued and lost within their own culture.  Using an altered lace draping technique I take garments of individuals or garments that I have created through a transformation state using porcelain slip.  Drawing from the internal vulnerability carried by each garment the pieces act as imprints of past states, they are a culmination of identities, collected and externalized.

“Rosa” Installation Detail, Ceramic, Garment, Found Objects