Click this link to see the tentative conference schedule. Master Schedule 2018
Theme “Stewards of Our Environments”
Hurricane High School
Announcing the Keynote Speakers for the Art in the Sun Conference in February.
Mark Tahbo is a Hopi-Tewa and a member of the Tobacco Clan. He has been an active potter since 1978. His pottery is featured in books such as “Talking with the Clay” and “Collecting Authentic Indian Art”. He continues to be one of exceptional traditional innovators of Hopi pottery! His pieces reflect the wonderful symmetry and thin walls of an excellent potter. The designs are painted using native clay slips and bee-weed (a plant) for the black.
Mark was born in 1958 and is the the great grandson of potter Grace Chapella (best friend to famed Hopi potter Nampeyo). He learned much of his skills on his own, with inspiration from his great grandmother who lived to be over 100 years old. Her designs are often evident in Mark’s work. Mark works wasf eatured on the recently released PBS series Craft in America.
Mark typically works in black and red on yellow jars. His styles range from classical to innovative shapes. Designs sometimes include fire clouds or a blush coloring that result from Mark’s own outdoor firing technique. His paints are natural pigments. He
Mark has taken pleasure in being a mentor and encouragement to his younger family members. He has been featured in several books, including Talking with the Clay and The Art of Hopi-Tewa Pottery.
Levi Jackson uses an interdisciplinary approach to his work combining photography and installation with nods to performance. His work revolves around the western landscape, where he was raised, and challenges the historical perceptions by pairing it with contemporary understanding. Levi received his MFA from Pratt Institute (2013) and now lives and teaches photography in Utah. He has shown work nationally and internationally with a solo exhibition at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2015) and group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Osnabrueck (2017), Gerish Stiftung Foundation (2015), HPGRP Gallery (2012) . Levi has also self-published several photography based books, with the newest set to be released in late 2017.