Corn Mothers Return to the Center for Visual Art
The Metropolitan State University of Denver, Center for Visual Art, in conjunction with the Colorado Folk Arts Council, will host the return of the award-winning, photo-journalist exhibition, Return of the Corn Mothers. The exhibition features stories and portraits of modern unsung heroines. These Corn Mothers of the Southwest are multi-generational and multi-cultural, their influence having created significant change in their respective communities.
The exhibition, a 2007 Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and 2009 Colorado Endowment for the Humanities award winner, is based on the Pueblo myth of the Corn Mother, a legendary entity synonymous with Mother Earth, who represents growth, life, creativity and the feminine aspects of the world.
Featured Colorado Corn Mothers include:
fine artist Evelyn Valdez-Martinez, who paints the Tarahumara;
Rita Wallace, a famed folk artist;
Also featured are: civil rights activist Barbara Shannon Banister;
muralist Arlette Lucero;
Dr. B. Afeni McNeely-Cobham, lecturer of African/African American Studies MSU Denver;
and storyteller Lois Burrell;
and Renee Fajardo.
The exhibition will feature interactive workshop stations where visitors will be able to record their own stories and create artwork using recycled materials.
October 23, 6-8pm – Richard T. Castro Visiting Professor Reception
Honoring Devon G. Pena, PhD, agricultural activist and Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology and Environmental Studies – University of Washington, Seattle
November 2, 6-8pm – Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Activities will include Sugar Skulls and Pan de Muertos and a candle light processional with Huiltzliopotchli, Denverʼs oldest Aztec dance group.
All events are free and open to the public.