Maxwell Hosts Virtual Presentation With Miniature Black History Artist: UNM Newsroom


Karen Collins, artist and executive director of the African American Miniature Museum, will be featured in the first of the UNM Maxwell Museum of Anthropology’s public events of 2022 on Saturday, February 26 at noon. The museum billed the event online as We come from strong people: conversation with Karen Collins. The event will be in honor of Black History Month.

Register in advance for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the Zoom meeting. The event is free and family friendly.

Collins is a self-taught “miniaturist” – a creator of small objects – whose works consist of dioramas depicting historical events and people from the black community. For the past 24 years, she has strived to bring clarity and dynamism to the telling of history and to contribute to the self-knowledge of her community. To date, she has created over 50 dioramas and taken his museum to dozens of K-12 classes.

His work has been presented as a Google Doodle 2020 commemorating the 60th anniversary of the “Greensboro Sit-in” and in a 2019 Documentary Atlas Obscura. More recently, she was commissioned by the Autry Museum of the American West to create dioramas for the museum’s permanent collection, including one entitled “Black Cowboys”.

After an introduction by museum staff, Collins will talk about the history and mission of his museum, its creative process, and its educational legacy. Attendees will then have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about key events and people through a selection of artwork.

the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM works toward a better understanding of the fullness of human experiences in the Southwest and around the world. Its staff are committed to reconciling injustices, restoring voices and realizing community.


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