The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College

Upcoming Exhibitions

The 111th Annual Exhibition, Survivance: Contemporary Native Art

October 21, 2022 – April 2, 2023

The 111th Annual Exhibition, Survivance, features contemporary Native art of the Southwest. The first “Annual” opened at the College in 1911 and the tradition has continued, uninterrupted. It is one of the longest-running series of original exhibitions of contemporary art staged annually by any academic institution in the U.S. While our mission is devoted to the study, collection and exhibition of American art, none of our Annuals have focused on Native American artists, and only a handful are represented in our collection.

2022 marks the centennial of The Santa Fe Indian Market, widely considered the most recognized and influential event in the Native American art world of the 20th and 21st centuries. The history of the Market is fraught, problematic and rich with controversy. Paradoxically, it has also been empowering, community building, and undeniably important, especially in its current iteration, one hundred years later. Museum and heritage studies major, Emilie Bryant ’22, engaged with the New Mexico History Museum in a virtual internship during the summer of 2021. Her task was to research the Santa Fe Indian Market and develop an interactive timeline to celebrate the Market’s centennial. Survivance features artists with roots in/connections to the Santa Fe Indian Market tradition and more generally in the creative output of the region. Their work is a blend of ancestral legacy, individual expression, and contemporary innovations. Artists include Cara Romero, Diego Romero, Michael Namingha, and Virgil Ortiz.

The 111th Annual Exhibition, Survivance, is co-curated by Emilie Bryant and Martha Kjeseth Johnson, and is made possible by the support of Mary Gray Shockey, ’69.

Cara Romero, Evolvers, 2019
Image (top): Cara Romero, Weshoyot, 2021, limited edition archival fine art photograph printed by the artist on Legacy Matte paper, 51 x 40 in.
Image (bottom): Cara Romero, Evolvers, 2019, limited edition archival fine art photograph printed by the artist on Legacy Platine paper, 15 x 48 in.