New Mexico Artists Around the Kitchen Table


Supported by a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge grant, New Mexico Artists Around the Kitchen Table (October 14, 2023-January 24, 2024) offers the community an exhibition and program series featuring more than 20 New Mexico artists that grounds artistic mentorship in families and social circles as a sustainable cycle of legacy and stability. Offering a firm foothold in the creative economy, artistic practices are passed on at kitchen tables–whether in a kitchen, in a classroom, in a yard, or at a church. The kitchen table takes form anywhere and everywhere as a meeting place and a place of learning, observation, exchange, and storytelling. It becomes the glue that gives meaning to artistic legacies that emerge from mentorships, friendships, families, and loved ones. 

Part of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series begun in 2021, New Mexico Artists Around the Kitchen Table focuses on the ways that intergenerational legacies are both passed on and embarked upon for future generations. At the kitchen table, relationships between community, survival, dialogue, and creativity fuse to sustainably propel local residents into New Mexico’s creative economy through learned arts practices. Through this exhibition, the museum adds to this legacy by facilitating a passing on of these relationships to residents and visitors, with an emphasis on Indigenous and Hispanic perspectives in New Mexico. 

Reflecting these relationships, the exhibition’s organization takes its shape around particular family groups and mentorship pairings that demonstrate intergenerational learning in New Mexico communities. These groupings showcase family members working across mediums and mentor-mentee relationships exploring particular materials and categories of artistic practice. Experiencing these artworks in these groupings offers an important opportunity to see how creative mentorship and intergenerational learning yields endless results through each artist’s journey. This process reveals how supportive networks allow artists to find pathways into the creative economy that lead to sustainable careers in arts production–a gift that continues onward.

Artists featured in this exhibition include:

Michael Gorman (Diné/Navajo) 

Carl (C.N.) Gorman (Diné/Navajo) 

Zonnie Gorman (Diné/Navajo) 

Christopher Gorman (Diné/Navajo) 

Anthony Gorman (Diné/Navajo) 

Anita Rodriguez

Shemai Rodriguez

Margarita Paz-Pedro (Santa Clara Pueblo descent/Mexican-American)

Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Charine Pilar Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)

Barbara Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)

Cavan Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)

Eric Marcus (Taos Pueblo)

Angie Yazzie (Taos Pueblo)

Mercedes Montoya

Jessica Herrera

Jodie Herrera

Dante Biss-Grayson (Osage)

The exhibition is guest curated by Michelle Lanteri, PhD, Curator of Collections, Albuquerque Museum.

Programs & Events

Reception: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4:00-6:00pm, free admission

Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

Kitchen Table Arts-in-Action Program Day: Sunday, Oct. 15, free admission


Michael Anaya Gorman, Pottery building and firing demonstration, stoneware/raku


Jessica Herrera, Flamenco dancing with guitarist and Jewelry Talk


Anita Rodriguez, “Visual & Verbal Storytelling in Painting” workshop session

Roundtable: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00-4:00pm,
included with admission, free to Taos County residents

Roundtable 1, 2:00-3:00pm

“Indigenizing Film & Fashion through Storytelling in Northern New Mexico”

Charine Pilar Gonzales

Dante Biss-Grayson

Roundtable 2, 3:15-4:00pm

“La Familia - Enjarradoras Across Generations in Taos”

Anita Rodriguez

Shemai Rodriguez

Roundtable: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:00-4:00pm,
included with admission, free to Taos County residents

Roundtable 1, 2:00-3:00pm

“Women Supporting Women in Native Arts Mentorship in New Mexico”

Margarita Paz-Pedro

Nora Naranjo Morse

Roundtable 2, 3:15-4:00pm

“A Family of Nuevamejicana Women Artists from Taos Valley”

Mercedes Montoya

Jodie Herrera

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