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Museum of Contemporary Native Arts welcomes new curator

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SANTA FE, N.M. – Ryan Rice (Mohawk) of Kahnawake, Quebec began as curator of exhibitions and programs at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Sept. 1.

Rice comes to the museum after having worked for the past 13 years as an educator, intern, technician and curator at various centers including the Iroquois Indian Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Indian Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery.

His writings have been published in periodicals such as Canadian Art, Spirit, Fuse, Muse and Blackflash. Rice is also the co-founder and chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

In 2009, he toured “ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land,” “Oh So Iroquois,” “Scout’s Honour,” and “LORE.” His exhibits “Hochelaga Revisited” and “ALTERNATION” also opened this year. A practicing artist, his work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the group show “Izhizkawe: To Leave Tracks to a Certain Place” in Montreal, Canada.

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Rice holds a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and an Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

The museum, located in downtown Santa Fe, is dedicated to advancing the discourse, knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native arts. Founded in 1971, the museum’s exhibitions, publications and educational programs challenge preconceived notions of contemporary art. It’s home to the largest collection of contemporary Native art in the world. The museum’s store offers a selection of contemporary Native arts and gifts from emerging and established artists. The museum is a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays from November through May as well as major holidays. Adult admission is $5; senior citizens (62 and over), students with valid IDs and New Mexico residents are $2.50. Admission is free for Native people, museum members, youth under the age of 16, and New Mexico residents visiting on Sunday.