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American Indian Art Market 2011 Juried Art Competition

May 13, 2011 – 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The San Diego Museum of Man invites our guest artists who have completed the full application process to participate in the juried art competition on the afternoon of Friday, May 13, 2011 before the opening reception. All artwork must be submitted between noon and 3:00 p.m. that day and must have been created between May 2010 and May 2011. More information is on the application form. CLICK HERE for a copy.


This year, SDMoM is proud to have three local judges participating in the juried art competition, each bringing their own wealth of knowledge to the judging process:

Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez (Luiseño, Choctaw, and Wailaki)
I love painting. It calms me. And it shows the world that we are not all rich casino Indians. We still live, we’re still here regardless of the termination efforts of the United States Government and Military. My oil paintings depict Reservation life, mental illness, substance abuse and domestic violence problems, problems that affect everyone! Indian and non-Indian alike.

Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez is a Luiseno, Choctaw and Wilaki Indian. She is enrolled on the La Jolla Indian Reservation where she lives. She has had several exhibits, the most recent at the Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the American Indian, in Washington D.C. and the Oceanside Museum of Art, in Oceanside California. Her latest exhibit is at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. She is a self taught artist. Her art evolves around Indian trials and hurts. In the spring, the Smithsonian is flying Ms. Nelson-Rodriguez out for a video interview, etc.


Alan Lechusza Aquallo, Ph.D. (Luiseno/Maidu)
American Indian Studies
Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Native scholar, performer, composer Alan Lechusza Aquallo, PhD (Luiseno/Maidu) is quickly becoming one of the country’s top advocates for Native youth and scholarship. Alan Lechusza is currently the Native representative for the National Associate of Independent Schools (NAIS), Scholar-in-Residence for Young Native Scholars (YNS) and the Faculty Advisor for the Native Student Alliance at Palomar College in addition to sitting on many Advisory Boards for Native youth and education. Alan Lechusza’s interdisciplinary research has been received around the globe including: The American Technology and Music Instruction (ATMI), Queen’s College (London), Southwest Popular Culture Conference, and The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) just to name a few. His groundbreaking work on Native Hip Hop has been followed up by numerous publications and guest lectures at universities/colleges throughout Canada and the U.S. Alan Lechusza is an active performer/composer who can be heard on such major recording labels as Tzadik, 9Winds, pFmentum Lira Productions.


Steven J. Crouthamel
Professor; Chairman
American Indian Studies
Palomar College, San Marcos, CA
Professor Crouthamel received a BA and MAT from Raymond College and College of the Pacific, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA in 1972. After completing an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1975, Mr. Crouthamel began teaching at the American Indian Studies Department at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA. Over 30 years of teaching at Palomar College, has included teaching History of Native American Arts, California Indian Art, Indians of the Southwest and Native American Science and Technology. Professor Crouthamel has also taught at San Diego State University in American Indian Studies. Professor Crouthamel has done consulting work for San Diego’s American Indian Community with tribal museums, cultural resource management (CRM) and Native American Observer/Monitor programs.


May 13, 2011
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm