The 15 in 30 challenge is an invitation to 28 local artists to create 15 original, 2D artworks within a 30 day time frame, funded by a grant from New Mexico Arts.
Dana Aldis, who initially brought the concept to gallupARTS, first discovered the art challenge while living in Seattle, WA. Her first experience, called the Forgotten Works Challenge, invited artists to create 30 8” x 10” artworks in 30 days. She was hooked. She went on to participate in two more of the Forgotten Works Challenges, before bringing the Challenge idea with her to Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho.
The concept of the “art challenge” is pretty recent (in the last decade or so), perhaps due to the rise of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. Artists are now more able than ever to post and promote their work to a wide audience and to network with each other. By asking artists to focus on creating a series of works in a condensed timeline, art challenges are the perfect fodder for social media–artists can update followers daily, the challenge becomes a hashtag, and soon enough the idea is trending.
Some art challenges have very specific themes (Inktober or the Strada Easel Challenge) and others allow the participating artist free rein. The beauty of a the 15 in 30 challenge is that the artwork can be viewed and appreciated in-person and not just online, and purchased by the local community as well. It also gives the participating artists a local network of artists to connect with during and hopefully after the challenge.
And those aren’t the only reasons the 15 in 30 challenge is a fantastic opportunity for local artists. For the seasoned artist, it allows them to concentrate on a specific theme or concept for a limited series of artwork. The challenge provides a chance to try a new technique or expand on a subject they’ve been meaning to attempt. The challnege is also a great way for beginner artists to create and show a body of work and to be discovered by the community and their peers.
The 15 in 30 challenge is also an opportunity for the community. When else can you see 420 artworks made by 28 artists all in one place?! For the art lovers, it is a great opportunity to purchase a smaller, more affordable original piece of art (or two or three!) and start a collection. All artworks will be sold for between $25 and $50. The “15 in 30” show is a not-to-miss opportunity for the Gallup community to support local artists and grow our creative economy.
The 28 artists selected for the 15 in 30 challenge represent a wonderful mix of styles, techniques and experience. We can’t wait to show you the diversity of local talent. Expect to see collage, painting, drawing, and creative ways of filling a 5 x 7″ canvas. Look out for landscape, portrait, abstract and still life paintings! See what the artists are creating by following the #gallup15in30 hashtag on Instagram.
Mark your calendars for the Show Opening Saturday, February 9h from 6:30-8:30pm. Meet the artists and learn more about their work.
The artists will also be available to share their experiences with the general public during 2nd Look on 2nd Street on Tuesday, February 19 from 6 – 8pm. Dana Aldis will present an Artist Talk that evening at 7:30pm.
Why become a gallupARTS member? Here’s why!
Reason #1: to help gallupARTS deliver on its mission to “foster creativity, culture, commerce, and quality of life in Gallup and McKinley County through the arts.”
The contributions of gallupARTS members are essential in helping gallupARTS not only reach, but exceed its 2018 goals—and the year isn’t over yet!
By the end of this year, gallupARTS will have created opportunities for 450 emerging and professional artists and 400 student artists, and will have engaged 17,250+ McKinley County residents in the arts through 12 different community-based programs.
In 2018, gallupARTS successfully executed 8 grant projects, totaling $207,400, including:
– A $30,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to design a website showcasing Gallup’s collection of New Deal art;
– A $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America grant to produce Gallup’s first-ever Native American Artist-in-Residence program at ART123 Gallery;
– A $150,000 NEA Our Town grant to lead an arts-focused, community-based process to design the future downtown Coal Avenue Commons.
Additional highlights from 2018 include increased advocacy and action at the State and national levels. In the last year, gallupARTS
– Was selected to participate in the 2018 National Association of Counties Creative Placemaking Challenge;
– Presented downtown revitalization strategies at the 2018 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit – West.
– Was profiled in the August 2018 issue of New Mexico Magazine;
– Presented in the economic impact of the arts to 3 New Mexico Legislative Committees: Senate Finance Committee, Legislative Finance Committee, and Economic & Rural Development Committee;
– Presented on projects leveraging public art at the 2018 New Mexico Association of Museums Annual Conference;
– Had Best in Show Night hosted at ART123 Gallery nominated for a “Best New Experience” Top HAT award by the New Mexico Hospitality Association.
Looking ahead to next year, gallupARTS will be continuing its current signature programs: ART123 Gallery, LOOM Gallery, Young Artists of McKinley County and NorthFest. An added focus of gallupARTS’ will be to enhance its gallery programs through more artist talks, classes and workshops. It will also be seeking to expand on its NorthFest program, providing more arts engagement opportunities in Gallup’s Northside neighborhoods. Additionally, gallupARTS has been encouraged to apply for a $100,000 grant from the NEH to continue developing the Gallup New Deal Art website, and a $30,000 NEA ArtWorks grant to produce another Native American Artist-in-Residence program.
Reason #2: The perks!
All gallupARTS members receive a postcard magnet featuring work by a local artist, get the inside scoop on exciting things happening in Gallup’s arts community, and are invited to special events, such as gallupARTS’ annual Member Appreciation Night.
gallupARTS is proud to present “Challenge Gallup: A Native Artist Group Show for Social Justice” at ART123 Gallery. Opening on Saturday, July 14 from 7 – 9pm (during ArtsCrawl) and running through Saturday, August 4, Challenge Gallup spotlights 11 Native artists whose work tackles timely and relevant social justice issues, from homelessness to diabetes to environmentalism to stereotypes.
For example, Diné painter Adam Maria, calls attention to (in his words) the “epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in the Navajo community,” by juxtaposing food contributors to diabetes with natural lifestyles. In his painting “Type 2,” he contrasts a crushed soda can with a blue bird. “My aim is to depict chaos and balance in the same frame,” Maria says. In doing so, he hopes to pinpoint the underlying causes of diabetes—cheap and commodity foods, and a loss of cultural bearings.
Diné painter Clint Holtsoi’s “The Unexploited Identity” faces Native American stereotypes head on. Holtsoi paints a captivating portrait of his father wearing a headband of disfigured Wild West-themed plastic toys. “It is dangerous when Indigenous people, Indigenous culture and the Indigenous experience are used for production, inclusion, mascots, costumes, etc. because we are no longer seen as human beings,” says Holtsoi. “In the year 2018 it is no longer a discussion of cultural appropriation, but racial social justice.”
Diné painter Jerry Brown addresses the “unwritten, unspoken expectations for ‘Native art’ from Native artists.” Brown says, “the stereotyped expectation that the only art I can or should create is art that portrays images of my culture is no longer acceptable.” Brown’s colorful and abstract paintings, such as “Soul,” break the mold.
Challenge Gallup’s featured artists also include mixed media artists, photographers, and social practice artists. The complete lineup is:
- Adam Maria
- Betty Holyan
- Clint Holtsoi
- Grace Rosario Perkins
- Hawk Platero
- Herman Louie
- Jerry Brown
- Keith Edaakie
- Michael Billie
- Rylin Becenti
- Ty Hudson