Folk Art Matters is a series of lectures, artist demonstrations, and pop-up sales – all designed to showcase and embody the five core
values of the International Folk Art Market: Women’s empowerment, Creativity, Sustainability, Cultural Preservation, Entrepreneurship, and Social Impact. These events invite audiences to experience the deep cultural impulses that shape IFAM and inform the creation of folk art from around the world.

All events are held at IFAM Center at 620 Cerrillos Rd. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Phyllis Galembo
From Nigeria to Haiti to Mexico
August 21, 2019 – 5:30 PM
Talk | Visual Presentation | Book Signing

IFAM and Radius Books present: From Nigeria to Haiti to Mexico, an event with renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo, featuring a visual presentation, talk, and book signing. Galembo will present her vivid images along with a discussion of her work. The artist will also be signing copies of her new book, Mexico Masks Rituals, after the presentation.

Phyllis Galembo has an MFA from University of Wisconsin at Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Galembo’s photographs are held in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library; she was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2014 and has also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. For her expertise on costumes and masks, she has appeared on NPR and The Martha Stewart Show, and in many periodicals, including the New York Times and the Guardian.

Since 1985, photographer Phyllis Galembo has traveled extensively to photograph sites of ritual dress in Africa and the Americas. In her new release, Mexico Masks Rituals (Radius Books | D.A.P., 2019), Galembo turns to Mexico, where she captures cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, Galembo captures her subjects informally posed but often strikingly attired in traditional or ritualistic dress.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Past Folk Art Matters Lectures

Jeff Snell, Former CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kim Meredith and Mayor Alan Webber
Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Innovation in Business, Government and Nonprofits
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kathleen Kelly Janus
Social Startup Success: How to Maximize Impact for Social Causes: Lecture and Booksigning
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fred de Sam Lazaro (Under-Told Stories, PBS) Presented with Creative Santa Fe
Friday, July 13, 2018

Mary Anne Wise
Lecture and Book Signing
“Rug Money: How A Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation”
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff
“Recycled, Re-Seen—Revisited: Critical Reflections on Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap”
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hilary Kilpatric
Presentation and Pop-Up Sale
Fashion, Women’s Empowerment, and the Global Craft Economy: featuring the work of Laotian artist groups Ock Pop Tok, and Passa Paa.
March 28-30, 2019

May Day Celebration: Pop Up Sale and Open House
Eileen Fisher Renew featuring IFAM Artist and IOU Project Pop Up Sale
May 1- 4, 2019

My Heart is in the Art: Volunteering at IFAM and Other Ways to Change the World
Thursday, April 18, 2019