Posts Tagged ‘Alan Cameros’

Alan Cameros – Rochester Arts & Lectures

June 14, 2013

An active contributor to many non-profit organizations, Alan Cameros supports Rochester Arts & Lectures. When describing his interest in the series, Alan Cameros praised the group for providing “informed learning, enrichment, and uplifting experiences.”

Since 1989, Rochester Arts & Lectures has hosted educational programs featuring notable figures from a variety of disciplines. Six times a year, it brings artists to the city to enlighten the public about their careers and beliefs. Speakers at Rochester Arts & Lectures have included author Kurt Vonnegut, poet Maya Angelou, Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau, and scientist Stephen Jay Gould. Beyond its primary series, the program also runs alternative programming that has covered American regional cultural writings, immigration in America, and crime literature.

The 2013-2014 line-up continues this tradition of excellence. The series begins in October with David Henry Hwang, the Tony- and Obie award-winning playwright of M. Butterfly, among other works. In 2014, Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea writer Carl Zimmer and folk singer Judy Collins are scheduled to appear. To acquire tickets for this event or to read its schedule, visit www.artsandlectures.org.

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The Nancy and Alan Cameros Collection of Southwest Pottery

May 2, 2013

Recognized by Arts and Antiques Magazine as one of the finest private collections of Native American pottery and glass art, the Nancy and Alan Cameros Collection of Southwest Pottery consists of more than 200 pieces crafted over a period of 125 years. The collection traces its roots to Nancy and Alan Cameros’ visit to New Mexico more than a quarter of a century ago when the seasoned art patrons first encountered the unique confluence of cultures in northern New Mexico. Although Native American tribes on the East Coast and in Mexico also boast long traditions in pottery, the Cameros Collection focuses on pieces from the area of New Mexico that stretches north to south from Taos to Albuquerque and west into Arizona. During their frequent trips to the American Southwest, Nancy and Alan Cameros acquired Pueblo, Hopi, Hopi-Tewa, and Navajo pieces to expand the breadth of their carefully curated collection.

With pieces from 12 of the 20 pueblos in the region, including the Acoma, Santa Clara, and Zuni, the Cameros Collection showcases the stunning variety and history of pueblo pottery. Artisans from each pueblo have historically sourced local materials for their work, such as the distinctive white clay that characterizes Acoma pottery. Pueblo pottery includes the works of prominent pottery families, whose diverse traditions are passed down across generations.

In 2010, Nancy and Alan Cameros loaned seven pots to the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, where Alan Cameros has served as a trustee for more than 30 years. The MAG selection, which came from the Santa Clara Pueblo, represented the blackware pots made famous by Tafoya family matriarch Sara Fina Tafoya and her descendants, including contemporary potters Nathan and Nancy Youngblood. Today, the Cameros Collection includes commissioned pieces from some of the most renowned potters in the craft, serving as a testament to Nancy and Alan Cameros’ dedication to collecting pottery pieces that represent the best in style, craft, and history.