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SANTA FE Craig Dan Goseyun, San Carlos Apache, who is a member of the Tu Dihiln Clan, graduated from the Institute of American Arts in 1985.
"Follows the Mountain"
Tomorrow at 4:00 pm, the Institute of American Arts will dedicate their alumnus' "Follows the Mountain," a 17,000 pound sculpture made of Italian marble and fabricated steel.
The sculpture, about five years in the making, was in part the result of influences from Goseyun's grandfather who was a San Carlos Apache medicine man. His grandfather prayed at sunrise for this world, his community, his family and himself, facing east with his head held high with respect. "Follows the Mountain" depicts a head tilted at a 32-degree angle facing east. It is also inspired by 32 sacred Apache songs.
Goseyun dedicated "Follows the Mountain," his senior thesis project, to the Institute of American Arts, which now sits at the roundabout at Richards Avenue and College Drive.
After apprenticing with renowned sculptor and an Institute of American Arts instructor Allan Houser from 1984 to 1990, he then created his own business, Craig Dan Goseyun Studio, LLC. He has commissioned works at Disney franchises, including Disney World in Orlando and Disney Sea in Tokyo. Among his works in major collections:
He began his college education at Haskell Junior Indian College and continued his studies at Arizona State University. He completed his Associate of Fine Arts with a double major in photography and sculpture at the Institute of American Arts in 1985.
posted October 10, 2012 7:50 am edt