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The Pleasure Show
 call for entries

open to professional NM-based photographers and students


Call to New Mexico-based professional photographers and photography students




The Axle Contemporary mobile gallery will present a group exhibition of photographs this coming summer. We are currently seeking photo submissions by professional New Mexico-based photographers and enrolled students of photography from both universities and high schools.

The Pleasure Show will explore the theme of pleasure in myriad forms and expressions. This show grew from the work of storycollector Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz. In her current work, Mi’Jan is exploring pleasure as a valuable part of the spectrum of healing as well as its subjective expression.
For this exhibition, Mi’Jan and a small group of women artists will select photographs that explore the ways that we reconcile pleasure within the current, challenging times, while we are still very much in the throes of witnessing and beginning to reconcile centuries of historic abuse and trauma. 
The exhibition will also explore how pleasure exists in myriad of ways during these times, that pleasure is readily accessible, and that just like the recipient of any truly great gift, there is the giver who wants to share stories and images that convey the essence of day-to-day well being, whimsy, sensuality and life affirmation.
During the run of the exhibition, Mi’Jan will be using the Axle mobile space as a pleasure story collection site.
We are seeking submissions by New Mexico-based professional photographers, fine art, portrait, event, or journalistic.  Students should have a concentration in photography.


  • Please email us up to 3 jpg images, 1500 pixels on the longest size, to There is no fee to apply.

  • Label images like this: Lastname_Firstname_Title.jpg

  • Deadline for submission is March 26.

  • Exhibited work will be available for sale with a 50/50 split on sales.

  • Maximum dimensions for exhibition prints are 8.5” x 11”.

  • Submitted work should be appropriate for viewers of all ages.

  • The work will be displayed in acetate sleeves hung on the walls of Axle Contemporary with magnets.

  • Notification by May 7.

  • Work must be delivered to the gallery by June 16.

  • Exhibition opening reception on Friday, June 29.

  • Exhibition dates: June 29 – July 22.

  • Participating photographers will be responsible for delivering work to the gallery and picking up any unsold work at the close of the exhibition.

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is an oral historian, multicultural educator and creative leader. In 2017, Mi'Jan was honored by the Santa Fe New Mexican as “10 Who Made a Difference,” and her cultural work practice was featured by the Rockefeller Foundation and THE Magazine. Currently Mi'Jan is collaborating with Tewa Women United on a Healing Justice narrative project, alongside birthworkers, seed keepers, artists, cultural workers and reproductive justice organizers. In 2017, she was Documentarian-In-Residence with the Institute of American Indian Arts' Essential Studies Department, and from 2015 to 2016, Mi’Jan was a Visiting Scholar with the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University. In 2016, Mi'Jan led the design and facilitation for the Steinem Initiative's public policy digital storytelling and documentation pilot project with women organizers who labor for reproductive justice, at Smith College. 

Mi'Jan's deepest, overall passion resides in stories: writing, gathering, amplifying and uncovering narratives of personal transformation and community social change.

Meridel Rubenstein
Meridel Rubenstein maintains her art studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been an active arts educator for over 30 years.  Since 2006 she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore one semester a year. From 1990-95 she was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has created photography programs at the College of Santa Fe (1976-80) and the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico (1990-96) and directed the Photography Program at San Francisco State University in California, the oldest Master of Fine Arts program in the USA (1985-90).
She has exhibited widely including most recently the Louvre in Paris and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin as well as in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. Her works are in prominent collections including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.  She is currently represented in San Fransisco, CA by Brian Gross Fine Art. Meridel Rubenstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as the Pollock-Krasner and the Rockefeller Foundations. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and did special graduate studies at M.I.T. with the eminent photographer, Minor White. She received an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974 and 1977, where she studied with noted art and photography historian and museum directors Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke.
Rose Simpson
Rose B. Simpson was born in 1983 and raised in an Arts and Permaculture environment at Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. She is a mixed-media artist focusing in ceramic sculpture, metal, fashion, painting, music, performance, installation, and custom cars. She graduated high school Valedictorian from the Santa Fe Indian School and attended the University of New Mexico with a focus in Studio Arts, Creative Writing and Dance. In 2007 she graduated with a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2011 she graduated with an Honors MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2012-2015 she attended Northern New Mexico College’s Automotive Science Program with a focus in Auto Body. She is currently enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Low Rez Creative Writing MFA program and teaches ceramics at IAIA. Simpson has shown her work internationally, and is in numerous museum collections nationally- including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Clay Art Center, Heard Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Simpson is currently on the Board of Directors of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute and the New Mexico School for the Arts. She is represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe. Residing on the Santa Clara reservation, she explores the many ways to deconstruct gender and culture-based stereotypes and social ideologies by wandering between ceramic or fashion or drawing or music studios, working on her classic cars and motorcycle in her shop, or pulling weeds and feeding animals on the farm. 





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