ASU's West campus hosts traditional pow wow

October 28, 2013

The Fletcher Library Lawn at Arizona State University’s West campus will come alive with the sights and sounds of Native drummers, singers and dancers on Saturday, Nov. 9, during the campus’ annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow. The event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, is free and open to the public.

In addition to dance and drumming/singing performances, the Pow Wow will feature grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Native arts and crafts, and food booths offering fry bread and more. Pow wow dancer Download Full Image

“The event’s theme is ‘A Celebration of Native Veterans,’ and American Indian veterans are especially encouraged to attend,” said Dennis Eagleman, event chairman. “They will be welcomed and thanked for their service to our country.”

The day’s schedule is:

11 a.m. – Gourd dancing

1 p.m. – Grand entry

5 p.m. – Dinner break

6 p.m. – Gourd dancing

7 p.m. – Grand entry

7:30 p.m. – Recognition of veterans

10 p.m. – Closing

Participants include announcer Chuck Benson, arena director Donald Sabori, head man dancer Steve Bison, head woman dancer Elizabeth Young, head girl dancer Mikeala Fish, Southern drum Melvin Deer, Jr. and Northern drum Cornelius Nelson. The color guard will be the First Nations Warrior Society.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)

The Pow Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee, Native American Student Organization and the Office of Public Affairs at ASU’s West campus.

For more information, call 602-543-5300 or email

Shaking things up at the ASU School of Art faculty show

October 28, 2013

Every two years, the Arizona State University Art Museum hosts an exhibition by faculty members in the prestigious ASU School of Art, one of five schools in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

This year, the Faculty Biennial is full of firsts. It is the first time the Biennial has consisted of three shows in three venues -- the ASU Art Museum, the Harry Wood Gallery and the Night Gallery, the first time it has included work from professors’ student days and the first time there will be a separate, curated show with larger works by faculty. There will also be presentations of new research by School of Art faculty members throughout the month of November. Anthony Pessler, "Icon with Wolf and Young Hart," 2012, oil and gold on panel. Photo by Image courtesy of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Download Full Image

“When I see the work of the faculty assembled together, I’m humbled by the talent in evidence,” said Adriene Jenik, director of the ASU School of Art. “It is especially exciting to have the opportunity this year to showcase faculty artwork and scholarship in more than one venue and context. From the luncheon research talks through the curated bodies of new work in the Night Gallery, students and community members are sure to be challenged and inspired to pursue their own visions.”

The show at the ASU Art Museum runs from Nov. 8 through Dec. 1 and features single works from faculty across the School of Art. The biennial show has a long tradition at ASU and is a unique opportunity to become familiar with a broad range of work from a world-class faculty. An opening reception will be held at the ASU Art Museum on Friday, Nov. 8, from 7–10 p.m.

“It is a joy to work with the School of Art faculty,” said Gordon Knox, director of the ASU Art Museum, “and it is always a glorious surprise to see the breadth and depth of the artistic production that this remarkable collection of artists produce.”

New this year is the addition of two shows: one at the Night Gallery and one at the Harry Wood Gallery at the School of Art.

The exhibition at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace––also open from Nov. 8 through Dec. 1, with a reception Nov. 8, from 6–9 p.m.–– provides a more in-depth look at work from a few of the faculty, selected by Julio Cesar Morales, the new curator at the ASU Art Museum.

Morales set out to curate the exhibition by meeting with faculty and responding to the work he saw. “I had excellent conversations about the content of everyone’s work and what really inspires them and how that reflects cultural values that we are questioning,” he said.

Morales, who was a curator in San Francisco before coming to ASU, was not surprised by the great strength he found in the work of ASU’s art faculty. “Part of the reason I decided to take the position at the museum,” he said, “is that when I came to interview and visit, I saw all the amazing energy that was/is happening going on here and the great new work that faculty such as Rogelio Gutierrez, Erika Lynne Hanson and Jill Marie Mason are producing.”

The exhibition, titled “Mirror People,” features new and previously unseen video, installation, painting, fiber, works on paper and photography by Peter Bugg, Binh Danh, Angela Ellsworth, Rogelio Gutierrez, Erika Lynne Hanson, Mary Hood, Jill Marie Mason, Aaron Rothman, Gregory Sale and Forrest Solis.

The other new addition is a show titled “Back in the Day,” featuring faculty work from their graduate school days. The exhibition will be held at the Harry Wood Gallery at the ASU School of Art building Oct. 16–25 with a reception on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 6–8 p.m.

Betsy Schneider, a professor of photography and a recent recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, is excited about having some of her early work exhibited.

“It’s a chance to see work that is, in my case quite literally, dusty. I’ll dust it off for the show.” Schneider said. “I also think that young artists often have an energy and rawness, and one of the great things about being a professor is that you continue to be exposed to that energy.”

In addition to the shows, there will also be a series of presentations of new research by some of the School of Art academic faculty as part of the Friday Lunch Talk Series at the ASU Art Museum.

Presentations will be by Dr. Nancy Serwint, associate professor of art history, on Nov. 1; Dr. Mary Stokrocki, professor of art education, on Nov. 8; and Dr. Claudia Mesch, associate professor of art history, on Dec. 6.

The Friday Lunch Talk Series is free and open to the public with lunch provided, although RSVPs are requested. If you plan on attending, RSVP by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Friday talk to: or 480.965.2873

All exhibitions, lectures and openings are free and open to the public. 

Public Contact: 
Deborah Sussman Susser
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Media Contact:
Deborah Sussman Susser
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts