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About This Exhibition:

Old College Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is open to the public, and admission is free. Please observe the University’s current COVID-19 health and safety protocols when visiting. At this time, that includes wearing a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and completing the Daily Health Screening ahead of your visit.

In the Pueblo nations of Arizona and New Mexico, pottery is an ever-changing art form. Visit Grounded Innovation: Pueblo Arts of Clay to learn how contemporary Pueblo artists innovate to strengthen bonds with their ancestors and homelands, rather than breaking them.

The exhibition recognizes how the artists’ relationships to family, ecologies and the clay itself shapes their final work. These dazzling pieces were created for a global art market centered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The pottery on view incorporates groundbreaking techniques, materials and designs while maintaining ties to land, culture, and history.

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Grounded Innovation features selections from the private collection of Judith and W. Eric Roberson and the Museums Collections of Native American art at the University of Delaware. The exhibition is a collaboration among Museums staff, guest curator Victoria Sunnergren, and a curatorial collective of ten students in the Fall 2021 seminar, Curating Contemporary Native Art: Rachel Allen, Emily Beeber, María Carrillo-Marquina, Catherine Cyr, Emily Francisco, Anisha Gupta, Julia Hamer-Light, Rose Sheehan, Dakota Stevens, and Sarah Sudres. Dr. Jessica Horton served as professor and faculty advisor. Preliminary collections research support provided by Museums volunteer, Phoebe Eskenazi. Promotional designs and photography by Jaynell Keely. Online exhibition design and photography by Brian Kamen.

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