UVA Arts, University of Virginia

Vol 03 Fall 15 Library
Martin Philips
Arts Administration


Last spring, UVa Arts Administration students delivered art directly to the community at a variety of locations throughout grounds, thanks to a unique interactive residency that featured acclaimed Navajo weaver D.Y. Begay. Begay, known for complex and intricate work inspired by the southwestern landscape in her native New Mexico, uses textiles to introduce people to the Navajo culture. In a nod to the migratory nature of her art form, Begay shared her remarkable talent and inspiration on a portable loom in three-hour blocks in high-traffic areas, inviting students and community members alike to be part of special “community weaving circles.” Fiber artists of all skill levels and across mediums, including knitting and crochet, were invited to join Begay in these informal collaborative settings to share their respective work and hear about her remarkable career. “This ‘nomadic residency’ allowed us to bring the art to its audience in a very literal sense,” said George Sampson, head of the Arts Administration Program. “It was a terrific way for people to learn about the highly personal, deeply spiritual, and often underexplored traditions of weaving in Native American culture, and delivering it through this type of public artistic disruption allowed us to reach students we may never have otherwise reached, making the arts accessible on grounds in unprecedented ways.”

Community Weaving
(Photo: Martin Phillips)
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