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IAIA A-i-R: Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Christa Cassano, and Orlando Dugi—Dinner and Studio Tours

February 19, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

| Free

Join newly-arrived IAIA Artist-in-Residence artists Wayne Nez Gaussoin, Christa Cassano, and continuing artist Orlando Dugi for dinner in the Academic Building on the IAIA Campus from 5:00-5:40 pm, followed by studio tours. Studio tours located in the A-i-R Studio, Allan Houser Haozous Sculpture and Foundry Building, and the Performing Arts Costume Shop (20 minute visits in each studio).

Free and open to the public.

Orlando Dugi

January 8–March 8, 2018

Orlando Dugi

Orlando Dugi

Orlando Dugi (pronounced dew-guy) is currently living and working in Santa Fe, NM. Originally from Grey Mountain, Arizona, Diné Nation, Dugi learned to bead at the age of six and learned how to sew in a home economics class in seventh grade. In 2009, Dugi began designing hand-beaded evening clutches and designed his first gown in 2010. The following year Dugi designed his first capsule collection of only three garments each hand-beaded and hand-sewn. Within the last four years, Dugi has designed three collections and includes a New York City showing at NY Style Fashion Week in 2016 Spring and Summer. Dugi’s designs are feminine, sculptural, and highly embellished with many hours of hand-sewing and hand-beading and therefore they are only made-to-order.

Orlando Dugi is currently working on his 2018 Fall and Winter collection. You can see the making of the collection during his IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) residency. After the A-i-R residency, Dugi will begin working on his 2019 Spring and Summer collection which will be shown at Style NY Fashion Week in September 2018.

Christa Cassano

In Residence February 15–February 26, 2018

Christa Cassano

Christa Cassano

Christa Cassano (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Arrow Lakes Band) is a visual artist and storyteller living in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been exhibited internationally and explores themes of alienation, violence, and insurgence, often with depictions of animals as human stand-ins as a way to mark aspects of society’s complex and many times absurd relationship to nature. In 2016, she was nominated for an Eisner Comics Industry Award for co-adapting John Leguizamo’s One Man HBO Show, Ghetto Klown, into a graphic novel, and has contributed political cartoons to the RESIST! Newsletter distributed at the Women’s March on Washington 2017 and the comix anthology A.P.B. (Artists against Police Brutality).

She has been a 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Yaddo and a 2012 Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, which prompted a focus away from fine art into comics making. Cassano received scholarships and classical training from Cooper Union School of Art and The Art Students League of NY, is a two-time Lloyd Sherwood Grant recipient, and winner of the EspoArte2003 Award for Excellence in Contemporary Art, among others. She is currently writing and drawing her own graphic series.

Wayne Nez Gaussoin

February 19–April 18, 2018

Wayne Nez Gaussoin

Wayne Nez Gaussoin

Wayne Nez Gaussoin (Navajo/Picuris Pueblo), the youngest of three sons, of renown Jeweler Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. Following a family tradition, his mother and older brother David, have taught him basics of silversmithing. He has since taken courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and has currently completed a Master of Fine Arts with a Minor in Museum Studies from The University of New Mexico.

Gaussoin’s interest in art not only focuses on jewelry, but also includes media such as sculpture and installation art. His style merges his own design from modern influences and incorporates traditional ideas and techniques. Gaussoin similarly sustains the integrity of the past while building a new future in his work. Each work is thoughtfully rendered, representing artistic purity while creating a new global arena of Native creativity and expression. His artistic works are likewise experiential and expressive. Such ideas are displayed in his traditional techniques in tufa casts to his multimedia installations.

He continues to sell his work through selected juried art shows, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, and galleries nationally and internationally. He also has participated in lectures and artist-in-residencies for both his jewelry and sculpture work. Gaussoin also has an extensive background in teaching jewelry and art theory, where he was last teaching foundations as a TA at the University of New Mexico. Also, his recent experience of being accepted into the Land Arts of the American West program at the University of New Mexico has highly influenced his current direction of work where he plans to explore the ideas and relationships between pop culture and his own tribal traditional mythologies.


February 19
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program
(505) 424-2389


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
83 Avan NU Po
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States
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