Hopi Artist Ramson Lomatewama to Visit the Lam

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Lam Museum of Anthropology will bring award-winning Hopi artist, poet, and educator Ramson Lomatewama to the Wake Forest campus for a week-long residency November 7-12. 

Ramson Lomatewama
Ramson Lomatewama

Ramson is the first and only full-time Hopi glassblower, as well as a traditional katsina doll carver, jeweler, published poet, and educator. In addition to owning and operating Hotevilla Glassworks, his glass-blowing studio, Ramson currently teaches glass art for the Hopitutuqayki (The Hopi School), an arts apprenticeship program located on the Hopi reservation.

While on campus, Ramson will speak to students in ten Wake Forest courses across the disciplines of Anthropology, Creative Writing, Art, and Counseling. He will also speak to two local high school classes and present the following three events that are open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 9 at 5pm, Ramson and transnational experimental poet Lisa Samuels will present a poetry reading at Hanes Art Gallery.  Both Samuels and Lomatewama have published several books of poetry and focus on a sense of language as transformative.

On Thursday, November 10 at 12pm, the Lam Museum of Anthropology will present Lunch & Learn: Hopi Arts, during which Ramson will speak about how his art both connects to the past and moves Hopi arts in new directions. Attendees are welcome to bring their own bag lunch, drinks and dessert will be provided.

On Saturday, November 12 from 1pm to 4pm, Ramson will participate in the Lam Museum of Anthropology’s Indigenous Artists Showcase along with Indigenous artists from North Carolina.  The event will include artist demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for visitors. 

Ramson’s residency is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Arts Center, Lam Museum of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Art, and the Kenan Chair in the Humanities.

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