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by Jeremy Sobek I remember how I felt the first time I knew I was going to be an artist, I was in fourth grade, my teacher’s name was Mr. D. It was Halloween and the entire class was making paper plate masks as part of a contest. I had no cares for the contest, …

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Teaching Artist Spotlight: Peggy Rambach

Recently we talked with Peggy Rambach, our newest addition to the Teaching Artist Spotlight series. Peggy facilitates pastel workshops and creative writing classes. She speaks on discovering art “late in life,” learning from her students, and what it’s like teaching in two seemingly disparate mediums.  JAC: How have your students impacted your teaching practices and …

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Artist Spotlight: Cedar Annenkovna

"I am a naturalist, activist, chef, poet, freestyle cage fighter, and outdoorsperson...I go to sleep every night looking at photos of my dogs. We have a pack. I’m the leader. We need to be together." Artist Cedar Annenkovna

The Hamilton Project

by Guy La”Tron” Banks, a.k.a Tronee Threat It’s two a.m. I can’t sleep. I find myself inside the restroom stall of the dorm I share with 200 other men, but no one happens to be in here with me and it is quiet enough to hear my thoughts and feel my emotions. I throw on …

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Who is Mark Andreason?

by Mark Andreason* The question has been coming up a lot lately. I enjoy creating art, but I know that I am more than my work. I create the art to escape from this life I have been leading behind bars. It has been a horrible experience, and I would not wish it upon anyone, …

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The Becomings of a Master, Part 3: Hiatus

"...I see beauty in all things though once upon a time all I saw was ugliness."

A guest’s reflections on the Iron Cages exhibition

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Teaching artist spotlight: Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (2012-14) and facilitates youth writing workshops for schools, jails, churches, prisons and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond. JAC: How have your students impacted your teaching practices and even your own art? HB: Good teachers are comfortable at the front of the room talking. Better …

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