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Map(ing) Closing Reception with ASU School of Art, Mary Hood

Date(s): Third Friday, March 19, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Step Gallery, 605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Indigenous, Printing, Visual Art
Cost: Free

About this Event

There are so many ways to tell a story. By bringing together printmakers and visual artists of different disciplines, we share and celebrate culture and identity. In this special gallery show curated by Associate Professor Mary Hood, the Herberger School of Art at Arizona State University presents a retrospective of Map(ing), a series of printmaking collaborations between Native and Indigenous artist and graduate printmaking students, celebrating the personal and cultural histories of artists.

Between 2009 and 2017, Map(ing) brought together 25 Native and Indigenous artists with graduate students from ASU’s School of Art to produce special, limited-edition prints exploring the work’s content, meaning, symbolism, and themes. The project also featured a public exhibition and moderated public forum that engaged participants and audience with contemporary Native artistic practices, and was sponsored in part by an ArtWorks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Featured artists include Yolanda Hart Stevens, Marilou Schultz, Jason Garcia, Ahkima Honyumptewa, Dana Claxton, Nicholas Galanin, Steven Yazzie, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Randy Kemp, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Dallin Maybee, Wanesia Misquadace, Sarah Sense, C. Maxx Stevens, Warren Montoya, Thomas Greyeyes, Craig Kelly, Rowan Harrison, Tom Jones, John Feodrov, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Brenda Mallory, and Hannah Clause.

Please note: In order to ensure the safety and health of the community during this event, all individuals will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing of six feet, and observe all other ASU and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. The maximum number of people allowed within the gallery may be managed as well. If you have experienced difficulty breathing, fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue and headaches, or any other potential symptoms of Coronavirus in the last 14 days, please stay at home. For more information about safety and health protocols, you can read updates from ASU, the Arizona Department of Health Services, or the Center for Disease Control

As the event space can only accommodate up to 20 people safely at one time, occupancy will be limited and individuals may be required to wait for admission. Pre-registration for timed-entry is required and admission day of is first come, first served. This event is presented in partnership with Mary Hood and the ASU School of Art, and is open to the public and free.

Map(ing) is also available for viewing during the Step Gallery's regular hours, Thursday through Saturday, February 25 - March 20, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phoenix MST.

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About the Author

Logo for ASU School of Art Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
The School of Art in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the leading institution for the instruction of art in metropolitan Phoenix and central Arizona.

Mary Hood, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is currently an associate professor of art/printmaking at Arizona State University. As part of her teaching philosophy, Mary uses printmaking to focus on community-affiliated projects such as RIPPLE (2005), for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Arizona, DITTO (2006), a public art project, and Map(ing) (2009-2019), a collaborative project between Native artists and ASU graduate students.

About NEA Big Read: Phoenix

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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