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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
January 18, 2005
Volume 40, Number 6

Jonson Gallery receives grant for ‘Reservation Stories’ publication

Zig Jackson photograph, titled “Foolish Bear Daughter.”

The New Mexico Council on Photography has announced the first recipient of the Beaumont Newhall Publication Assistance Grant.

The grant was awarded to the UNM Jonson Gallery for the catalogue publication of “Reservation Stories: The Photographs of Zig Jackson.”


The gallery will have an exhibition of these photographs, curated by Chip Ware, director, Jan. 21 through March 4.

Zig Jackson was raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota and is a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes. He received his MFA from UNM and a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently Professor of Photography at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Ga.

Jackson’s work focuses on the issues faced by most contemporary Native Americans, including himself. On reservations in New Mexico and elsewhere, he photographs the objects and situations that tell the myriad tales of modern Indians.

Ware has been the director of the Jonson Gallery for nearly five years. He received his Ph.D. from UNM in art and photography history and has taught at Columbia College in Chicago and at UNM.

The Beaumont Newhall Publication Assistance Grant is designed to provide funding for non-profit institutions to enhance the quality of photographic publications. The New Mexico Council on Photography was established in 1985 as a non-profit enterprise for serious photography in New Mexico.