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Photographer – Sage Paisner

September 8th, 2012

Sage Paisner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico in 2006, Honors summa cum laude in Art Studio-focus in Photography, cum laude University Honors and a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010 in the Photography and Media department. Sage was born in Oregon on October 7, 1982, grew up in Diné/Navajo Nation and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sage has extensive training and experience in photography, sculpture, metalwork, glass design, video, installation art, new media and printmaking. Paisner studied with Patrick Nagatani and Joyce Neimanas at UNM and was mentored by Harry Gamboa Jr, Andrew Freeman, Allan Sekula, Joanne Callis, Charles Gaines and others at CalArts. Sage was recruited to be the first photographer in the Oppressionist Art Movement spearheaded by American Indian Leader Russell Means in South Dakota in 2006. Sage Paisner is a curator and exhibit designer known for the annual “Mentor’s Alchemy” exhibits at the ASA Gallery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and has exhibition installation experience at the Santa Fe Art Institute. His photographs have been widely published including in The Magazine, Southwest Art and many scholarly publications and catalogs. Sage is based in California and New Mexico.


2010 – “This Does Not Belong To You”-MFA2 Thesis show California Institute of the Arts Main Gallery, Valencia
2009 – “Mixing It Up”-MFA1 exhibition, California Institute of the Arts Main Gallery, Valencia, CA
2008 – “Solo Show-Sage Paisner”-The Petting Zoo Gallery and Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM
2006 – “Oppression/Tradition”, Solo Honors Show University of New Mexico, blu/Pulse and Sell It Productions, Albuquerque, NM

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