Maddie Lamb Making Big Moves in Santa Fe
UNITY Caught up with 25 Under 25 Awardee Maddie Lamb to share her experiences as she recently moved to New Mexico to continue her higher education and artistic vission:
This August I moved to my dream college, The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) as a transfer student from my tribal college, The College of the Muscogee Nation. Soon after moving to Santa Fe I got the opportunity to create a Wellness Warrior poster for UNITY. We shot the photos right near my school on a hiking trail where I visit often. Personal wellness and art go hand in hand for me. I had so much fun creating light paintings and adding in a creative element to my Wellness Warrior poster to represent my passion for art. I’m eager for the posters to release this Fall, and hopeful it will show native youth the many ways self expression can build a healthy, balanced life.
That same weekend as my photo shoot with UNITY, I also participated in three fashion shows for the Santa Fe Indian Art Market. This experience meant the world to me. It gave me connections and lifelong friends. Being able to meet such incredible, talented artists really opened my eyes. I can’t wait for next year’s show. Thursday and Saturday, of the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, I modeled for I AM ANISHANABE in the IM:EDGE fashion show and the Gala fashion show. Delina White, one of the creators, stated “The need for structured opportunities to pass on authentic traditional arts as part of the preservation of Native cultural heritage is important.” This quote really stands behind the meaning of I AM ANISHANABE. So much hard work and dedication is put into their art. I am so honored to have worked with these amazing ladies.
Maddie Lamb, pictured above, with UNITY Trainer Juanita Christine modeling at the Art Market. On Sunday, I modeled for Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose during the Santa Fe Indian Art Market main fashion show. Adrian’s work is like no other. He prepares 3D artworks that fuse traditional Native ideas with modern technology to produce contemporary pieces of art. I had such a great time working with Adrian and his staff. These 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions, excitement, and so much fun. I am thankful for the amazing opportunities that I have got while in Santa Fe. I can’t wait to see what else is in store here at my new home!
ABOUT THE WRITER: Maddie Lamb, 19, Muscogee Creek Nation, Oklahoma. Art is my passion; it is what keeps me going. I will be working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree through studio in Santa Fe, NM. I would love to be able to share my art with the world; that is the dream. My education goals go hand in hand with the mission of IAIA “To empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach.” I hope to utilize my education by opening a door for Native youth to express themselves through art. I am already really connected with my community and hope to be able to go all over and show kids that they have the ability to do anything that their imagination allows. With the help of my education and the UNITY 25 Under 25 Program, I will be able to focus on my main concern, helping Native youth find their voice.