On Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., Santa Fe artist Colette Hosmer will be giving a free lecture at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to discuss her unique style (fascinated by science and nature, she creates sculptures and installations from organic material, such as dead animals and bones), as well as her latest artist-in-residence project in China.
Hosmer has completed prestigious sculpture and art residencies in Xiamen, China, and Potsdam, Germany, and her artwork has been commissioned by the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque. If you’ve visited the former within the past few years, you’ve likely seen her monumental sculpture “Santa Fe Current” (2009), a collection of 27 Rio Grande cutthroat trout rising halfway out of the ground outside the community’s civic center.
The artist has also been the focus of a documentary, entitled “Colette Hosmer, A True Original,” and her contributions to her community’s art sphere have been so profound that the Santa Fe mayor even proclaimed June 5, 2009, “Colette Hosmer Day” in her honor.
Hosmer’s porcelain sculptures “Pig Cone,” which she crafted while in China, are currently on display in SMoCA’s exhibition “Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum,” and her work also recently became a part of SMoCA’s permanent collection. She is represented locally by Bentley Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.
The museum’s “Thirty Years of Collecting” exhibition showcases approximately 100 new works that were gifted by Don and Carolyn Eason, Santa Fe-based art collectors, and this is the last weekend it will be available for viewing, as it runs through Jan. 23.
Admission to SMoCA is $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for those ages 15 and younger, free for SMoCA members, and free for everyone on Thursdays.