New Mexico-based artist to visit as part of series

"Nature," ceramic, steel, wool. Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2016.
“Nature,” ceramic, steel, wool. Cannupa Hanska Luger, 2016.

New Mexico-based artist Cannupa Hanska Luger will give a free public lecture about his art and practice at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Centennial Hall auditorium.

The event is free. To attend, register here. Free parking in lot 222. The event is sponsored by the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art and the Visual and Performing Arts Department as part of the 2016 Visiting Artists and Critics Series.

"Leave Me A Home," ceramic steel, felt afghan. Cannupa Hanska Luger 2016
“Leave Me A Home,” ceramic steel, felt afghan. Cannupa Hanska Luger 2016

Luger’s socially conscious multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous People identities. He combines his identity as an American Indian with global issues. Western Art Collector magazine wrote that Luger “gives a modern look at ideas of colonization, adaptability and survival as major components to the development of culture.”

Born on the Standing Rock Reservation near Fort Yates, North Dakota, Lugar is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent. He currently maintains a studio practice in New Mexico and exhibits works at galleries and museums worldwide. He was the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence and the recipient of the 2015 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Multicultural Fellowship Award.

Luger graduated with honors from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2011 with a BFA focusing in studio ceramics. He has exhibited at Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, Navy Pier, Chicago, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Duhesa Gallery at Colorado State University, La Bienalle di Venezia Verona, Italy, and Art Mur Montreal, Quebec. His work is also in the permanent collections of the North America Native Museum, Zürich, Switzerland, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Norman, Oklahoma.

Luger’s lecture is part of the 2016 UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series, which aims to foster understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through dialogue and critical conversations. Artists and scholars of national significance are invited to UCCS to present public lectures and meet with UCCS undergraduate students in classes and workshop settings. The Visiting Artists and Critics Series is a collaborative program of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building.


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