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The Naked Now: Indigenous Artists in Arizona with XICO

Date(s): March 19 - April 2, 2021
Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Indigenous, Visual Art
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Xico art gallery is proud to present The Naked Now, a virtual exhibition of Indigenous artists in Arizona opening Friday, March 19, 2021!

Featuring paintings, drawings, photography, weaving, and beading from 25 Indigenous artists and community members in and around Arizona, including Kevin Aspaas, Greta Conica, Shaandiin Pennington, Anaysa Stark, Tiffany Enos, Nicholas Joe, Kayla Jackson, Nathan Begay, Carlon Ami, Corey Claelson, Maleena Deer, Selina Scott, Natasha Martinez, Cherise Lukacs, Rachel Espinoza, Sherrie Nez, Andrew Preston, Mariah Garza, Marlena Robbins, Dina De Leon, Piersten Doctor, Aaron Tsosie, Monique Gorman, Kyle Nash, and Chandlee Begay.

While our call was open, the exhibition was particularly interested in work that spoke to family history, MMIWG, or other subjects and themes related to The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

To view the virtual exhibition, you can visit Xico's website at

Selected works will also be visible in-person as a windowfront show from Friday, March 19 through April 16, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day at Xico (829 N 1st Ave Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85003).

Looking for more events? Visit the Heard Museum, see the Map(ing) retrospective with the ASU School of Art starting March 5, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

In 1975, Xicanindio was founded as the premier cultural institution in Arizona, serving Latino and Indigenous artists. Forty-five years later, although our name has changed, our mission remains the same, to nourish a greater appreciation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Latinx and Indigenous people of the Americas through the arts. 

The community gains access to local artists through exhibitions, activities, and festivals. Annually, Xico reaches over 12,000 individuals.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

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. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The 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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