Return of the Corn Mothers, Proves to be Success in Community


Posted Tue, Nov 13, 2012

Photo by Davy Burke

DENVER, Auraria Campus — The Center of Visual Arts presented the Return of the Corn Mothers art exhibit last month. The exhibit presented art work from Corn Mothers from around the western US as well as workshops and guest speakers to coincide with the exhibit.

A Corn Mother is described as a woman who has made significant contributions to the community in many different ways. The exhibit began a few years back only honoring 12 Corn Mothers, and now the exhibit honors 33 different Corn Mothers. The Corn Mothers honored at this exhibit come from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Honoring these women has been an admiration and inspiration for the center.

“The Return of the Corn Mothers exhibition is significant for the Center for Visual Art as a vehicle to bring many people together from different departments on campus and varied cultural backgrounds,” says Cecily Cullen, Creative Director, for the center.

“It is inspiring to hear their stories and important to share them with the community,” says Cullen, about the positive impact the exhibit will have on the community.

The exhibit opened on Sept. 20, with a panel discussion on different aspects of traditional and ceremonial of Native American and African American cultures. The meeting was monitored by Metro State Ella Marie Ray. The panel consisted of Louis Burrell, Maria de la Cruz, and Dora Esquibel. Many people attended the discussion, which made for a very educational and exciting evening.

Dr. Renee Fajardo, who works in Metro State’s Department of Chicana/ Studies, says the exhibit will educate the community on the importance of these women by accomplishing these goals.

“To continue to educate and celebrate with the communities of the Southwest (and) the awesome women who are creating social change,” Fajardo adds, “to celebrate the commitment of MSU Denver to community and students, to enlighten all who see this exhibition about the vast resources we have in the women who populate our communities.”

The exhibit features the artist’s work, followed by a background of the artist, and a quote the artist lives by. Some of the works included are paintings, sculptures, and other items that display the proud heritage of the Corn Mothers. As Fajardo explains, the tangibles of these works are incredible.

“No matter how we all struggle or what adversity we endure there is always a sense of belonging we can gather to help us learn and prosper,” she says. “These Corn Mothers create love for all of us….they are the warmth and dedication we can all draw strength from.”

Many in the community have came to see the exhibit, and many feel that a lot more people should come and experience this inspiring exhibit.

“There is something here for everyone,” says attendee Andy Hidahl. “It does not matter what art you like or what draws you in, there is something here for everyone.”

About Davy Burke

Davy Burke is a broadcast journalism student at MSU-Denver. Davy is a big sports fan and enjoys watching, covering, and broadcasting sporting events. He is also passionate about writng any news story possible.

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One Response to “Return of the Corn Mothers, Proves to be Success in Community”

  1. Leah Says:

    Very interesting! Never knew this existed! Well written article!


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