‘Zip it up’ earthenware, acrylic & plastic by Touri Strick. Courtesy/SFCC
SANTA FE — The recently inaugurated Sculpture Union at Santa Fe Community College and Molecule Design come together in an alliance of shared values and inspiration, featuring works by Union members at the Molecule space.
The Sculpture Union is a group of more than 40 students, faculty and staff at SFCC committed to supporting and improving the creativity, vitality and visibility of the sculpture program and the artists at Santa Fe Community College.
The Molecule Design Store keeps an active annual schedule which features the work of local artists, fabricators and designers, as well as national and international industrial design firms.
The exhibit opens at Molecule Design with a public reception 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 9 and runs through April 30. Molecule is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
The show is curated by artist Lisa Freeman with sculptural works in various mediums from 27 SFCC sculpture students. The exhibiting artists are:
Colin Barker, Fairley Barnes, Faye Bates, David Burling, Charlie Carruthers, John Dunlap, Daniel Forest, Lisa Freeman, Martin Helldorfer, Ezra Hubbard, Nina Mastrangelo, Yahne McLemore, Annette Morreale, Royce Montoya Susan Ohori, Tom Osgood, Dick Podmore, Gayanne Stem Robinson, Spencer Snyder, Touri Strick, Karen Tiliakos, Ken Wilson.
The Sculpture Union, launched in 2016, is a collective group of artists with diverse experiences, ages, and backgrounds, who work in a variety of aesthetic styles and materials. Their many talents are nourished and expanded with the help of the outstanding faculty and excellent facilities at the Community College. Many of these students and SFCC faculty members have exhibited their work internationally and across the US.
Some of the goals of the Sculpture Union are to invite guest speakers, critics and artists to the college, to sponsor technical workshops, to organize trips to visit artists’ studios, and view art collections in other cities and states. The Sculpture Union is proactive in its commitment to reach out to the greater and diverse communities of Santa Fe with cultural programs to meet and inspire local high school students and future artists. One of the important social actions the collective is currently taking involves 13 Union sculptors who are designing, constructing, and donating gates for new homes for Habitat For Humanity.
“Most of all, the Sculpture Union is a collection of students who want to give back to the school and the department. It is no exaggeration to say that the program has dramatically changed the lives of some of us. We feel strongly that the department, with its facilities and instruction, is a gem in our community. We want to spread the word and to encourage any and all people to participate.”Tom Osgood, SU member.
Molecule is proud to share the space with such a talented and dynamic group of artists. With a background in Fine Arts, Adriana Siso founded her contemporary furniture retail business in 2003. The current Molecule Design Store was launched in September 2010 in the new and innovative Baca Railyard District. Molecule operates out of a recycled and renovated shipping container building in Santa Fe, NM. Sustainability is an important area of interest and ongoing exploration for Molecule, which offers product lines with a focus on conservation and ecological stewardship.
“We sell products made from 100 percent recycled plastics, sustainably harvested woods, green foams, and recycled cottons, as part of our commitment to sustainable living, Molecule explores and researches design themes including industrial and residential architecture, smart materials, new product offerings, design fairs, and business and technology through InContext – Molecule Design’s blog,” Adriana Siso said.