The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the five winners in the Water Public Art Challenge, the third philanthropic prize competition offered under the New Arizona Prize banner.
Vesich eth ve:m (All of Us Together)
We Are Still Here
Our team of Medio Completo artists, Audubon Arizona, and the Huhugam Heritage Center will weave together stories of Huhugam history and continued connection to the river, recent human migration leading to the growth of the Salt and Gila River Valley, and the birds and wildlife who depend on these rivers. This multi-disciplinary, experiential art event will allow us to have a community conversation about our complex history with these rivers, our water future, and one another.
Artists include Diana Calderon, Reggie Casillas, Edgar Fernandez, Samuel Gomez, Gloria Martinez, Martin Moreno, Ayo & Nuvia of La Phnkra
Art Event Date at the Audubon Arizona : Saturday, November 16, 2019
On a recent Wednesday, Calderon stood in the courtyard of Phoenix Art Museum, making a print from a linoleum carving that was inspired by a trip to Teotihuacan. “I was really drawn to this architectural masterpiece,” she said of her visit to part of the site called Quetzalpapálotl.
Calderon would normally have to travel to Mexico for this kind of artistic stimulation. But right now she can get at least a touch of it inside the museum, where artifacts from the ancient city are on display. “It’s just more than exciting to have a piece of that, here in Phoenix, here in a museum,” she said.
Phoenix is the temporary home of an exhibition of archaeological treasures also regarded as fine art. The collection is from Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has designated a world heritage site.
The inaugural event for the series is being hosted at Xico Gallery to promote access to arts education. Calderon, a visual artist and educator, said that she always viewed her education as a vital part of her career as an artist.
“I think that we need to study art and education because that's how we learn about ourselves and other cultures,” Calderon said. “It stretches our mind beyond boundaries, and it teaches us the importance of problem solving and coping skills.”
She said she hopes to teach the community of the resources available when pursuing an arts degree. “People perceive an education in the arts like a luxury or a pastime or a hobby.” Calderon said. “You can change the world through art because it can strengthen individuals and communities.
El diario ntr
“En exploración del entorno, la artista mexicana, que viven en Phoenix, Diana Calderón realiza una residencia en el programa PAOS Guadalajara como parte del convenio de intercambio Guadalajara-Phoenix-Guadalajara que desde hace un año generaron varias organizaciones culturales de ambas ciudades. Durante 40 días la artista estará realizando una residencia en la casa taller José Clemente Orozco donde lleva varias investigaciones y experimentaciones, visitando estudios de artistas locales y galerías en busca de inspiración para realizar una pieza.” Ale Carrillo, El Diario NTR, 2018
LAS ARTES DE MARICOPa
Diana Calderon, Art Coordinator at Las Artes de Maricopa. Interview 2012 by Tori Garcia, ABC 15 Sonoran Living