DSU DOCUTAH joins with the Arrowhead Gallery to

A Unique Film and Art Exhibit Experience

On April 24, master potter from Mata Ortiz, Mexico, Diego Valles will display his remarkable pottery at the Arrowhead Gallery before the screening of the documentary.


When anthropologist, Spencer MacCallum, walked into Bob’s Swap Shop in Deming, New Mexico in 1976, he had no idea that his life and thousands of lives in a a dusty Mexican town were about to change. This documentary is the amazing story of how an American treasure hunter and a Mexican artist, Juan Quezada Celado, transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class art. The Emmy® winning cross-cultural story of how an American adventurer and a brilliant, self-taught Mexican artist transformed a dying desert village into a home for world-class ceramics.

From Video Librarian:

“Scott Petersen’s documentary winningly tells the tale of MacCallum’s unlikely odyssey as an arts promoter, and the film also provides a fascinating portrait of Quezada’s equally unlikely rise to prominence. The footage capturing the creation of Quezada’s painstakingly precise designs is wonderful, and MacCallum and Quezada’s accounts are compelling. The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz offers a fascinating look at contemporary Mexican art and culture.”

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert and surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains in Northern Mexico, Mata Ortiz is an unlikely place for an artistic renaissance. Yet the story of the pottery created in this remote village is the tale of creative inspiration, economic self-determination and the rebirth of an ancient art form that combines iconography and designs from ancient people with a variety of newer processes and styles.


Pottery Exhibit Hosted by Master Potter, Diego Valles


APRIL 24 @ 6 pm

The Electric Theater

Ticket reservations required

$10 CASH at the door

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Admission - TROMO $10
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