Fine Art Gallery

Four Visions

May 31 - June 22, 2005.

Opening Reception:
Friday, June 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Table Mesa by Gloria EmersonFrom May 31 through June 22, the Art Gallery at San Juan College will show “Four Visions,” an exhibit of works by Native American women artists Esther Belin, Gloria Emerson, Jennifer Kaskalla, and Venaya Yazzie. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artists on June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Esther Belin is a multi-media artist, dabbling in poetry, two-dimensional art and film/video. She received her formal education from the University of California-Berkeley, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She received the 2000 American Book Award for her first volume of poetry From the Belly of My Beauty. She lives in Durango with her husband and four daughters.

Gloria Emerson is visual artist, poet, and freelance consultant working in the fields of Indian education and art. Emerson says she “may be the oldest Dine woman painting in . . . what I call cultural expressionism.” She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in 1962, her master’s degree in education from Harvard in 1972, and attended the Institute of American Indian Arts from 1987 to1990. Emerson’s paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions for over 25 years.

Venaya J. Yazzie has participated in group exhibitions, art shows and festivals since 1994. After graduating from Farmington High School in 1991, Yazzie studied English at San Juan College, earned her associate’s degree in two-dimensional art from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, her bachelor’s degree in art from Fort Lewis College, and has done graduate studies in creative writing at Northern Arizona University. She says “Every day I live with one foot touching down in contemporary society, while my other foot is immersed in the beauty of what my Diné society and culture offers.”

Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday.

For more information call (505) 566-3464.


Fine Art Gallery: located in the Henderson Fine Arts Building, across from the box office.Student Gallery: located at the top of the stairs in the new West Classroom Complex.