‘The Map is Not the Territory’ Touring Exhibition Heads to Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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Media Contact:Rachael Lighty

‘The Map is Not the Territory’ Touring Exhibition Heads to Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Opens Sept. 16 with an artist panel from 6 to 7 p.m.

Santa Fe, N.M.—August 30, 2016—The Fine Arts Gallery at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is the last stop for a five-year traveling art exhibition, “The Map is Not the Territory,” that examines commonalities in Palestinian, Native American and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation and colonization. The exhibition opens Sept. 16 at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. The exhibition, panel and a related course are part of SFUAD’s Artists for Positive Social Change™ series. The exhibition will run from Sept. 16 through October 15, 2016.

The panel on opening night features artists Iktemal Jaber, a Palestinian Artist and Human Rights Activist, whose work focuses on diaspora, apartheid and Palestinian origins/history; Neil Ambrose-Smith, a goldsmith, graphic designer and photographer whose work is in collections in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa; and Acushla Bastible, a multidisciplinary performance artist and the director and co-founder of Lifesongs at the Academy for the Love of Learning. The panel was organized by Lucy Lippard, a noted author, curator and art critic based in Galisteo, N.M., and the discussion will be led by Jennifer Heath, co-curator of the exhibition.

In the exhibition, 39 contemporary artists—most of them Palestinian, Native American and Irish—explore the intersections between the three cultures through original paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, artist books and films. The works consider such topics as conflict, resistance, land, food, diaspora, identity and persistence.

Participants include emerging, as well as internationally renowned artists, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana whose work is featured in prestigious museum collections worldwide; Rita Duffy, one of Ireland’s leading artists, whose work has appeared in London’s Tate Modern; and Hani Zurob, a Paris-based Palestinian painter from Gaza who was listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “10 international artists to watch in 2013.”

“The Map is Not the Territory” was conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter. Heath is an award-winning author, editor, curator, cultural journalist and activist. Painter is the founder and curator of the Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds, the cultural program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development in Washington D.C. “The Map is Not the Territory” was coined by philosopher/scientist Alfred Korzybski.

The Fine Arts Gallery is located on the SFUAD campus at 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Artists for Positive Social Change, which launched in 2011, is a university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances exploring
a specific theme relevant to society and the work of artists who push the creative boundaries of their profession.

For more information and a complete exhibition checklist, contact Rachael Lighty at 1-505-473-6440 or

About SFUAD’s Art Department

The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding their artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design:

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in business, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. SFUAD boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Photo: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, House and Home, Archival pigment print

Additional images are available upon request.

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