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The Tuesday Art Talk series is starting back up! Enjoy as exhibiting artists share their unique processes and the motivation behind their artwork.

Manuel M. Fontes is a native Arizonan; his family roots go back to the early history of the state. An Environmental Scientist with the Gila River Indian Community in Central Arizona, Manuel’s professional work involves preserving the Gila River and its riparian ecosystem. Manuel studied photography at Phoenix College, Phoenix AZ; he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Ecological Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe AZ where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

Manuel’s work has been featured in 12 Tohono Chul exhibitions since 2015; his connection to Tohono Chul’s mission is solid. This past summer, Manuel was invited to be the Guest Curator of the 2021 installment of Día de los Muertos. His openness and thoughtful consideration of all of the submissions from artists proved enlightening; his insight and sensitivity to the symbols and traditions of Día De Los Muertos have added a new dimension to the exhibition and the Exhibits Program.

The talk is free with admission and held in the Main Gallery of the Exhibit House. Please RSVP as space will be limited. Masks will be required in keeping with Tohono Chul’s current Covid-19 policies.

Image | Manuel Fontes | Hohokam Solstice | archival pigment print


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