Welcoming Winter and Holiday Open House plus Imago Mundi Art Exhibit
You are cordially invited to the Sami Center of North America’s
Annual Welcoming Winter and Holiday Open House
and preview of the North American Sami Community Collection
for the international art project
Imago Mundi – The Art of Humanity
Tuesday, December 6 ✧ 4-7 p.m.
Share good food and fellowship – Meet artists
An ambitious project to collect small pieces of art from every country in the world and the peoples of the world was begun by Luciano Benetton, a founder of Benetton Group design company. Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity is an exciting world-wide project sponsored by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche in Italy as a way of collecting contemporary art and making it accessible to everyone. The Sami are being featured in the project, which will also include the North American Sami community. Sami Cultural Center of North America Chair and visual artist Marlene Wisuri has been asked to be a guest curator, selecting 34 pieces of art from the North American Sami community. Each art work is exactly 10 x 12 cm in size and will be featured on the Imago Mundi web site and in a printed catalog, as well as selected exhibits.
The Sami Cultural Center will host an exhibit of the collected pieces at the annual Welcoming Winter and Holiday Open House before the work is shipped to Italy. The featured artists represent mixed heritages and varied life stories connected by the common thread of Sami and Indigenous culture. The artists range in age from 17 to over 90 and they live in many areas of the United States and Canada. Their artistic expression is as varied and vibrant as their experiences and takes many forms—painting and drawing, fiber, wood, photography, and various types of duodji (Sami handcrafts). Some are established artists with long exhibition records and others are just starting artistic careers or have worked quietly in their chosen media. This is a unique opportunity to view the collection before it leaves to join the world’s art.