2015 marks the 20th anniversary of The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project, an organization working with refugee families and asylees. The Tucson Museum of Art has worked with the Owl & Panther Project since 2010, and in the spirit of celebration and collaboration, Museum of Sanctuary: Perspectives of Resilience, provides a space for these individuals to share their artwork and stories.
This exhibition explores multiple points of view and varied perspectives, which provides a nuanced and layered self-understanding from these New American artists. Personal timelines, sketchbooks, self-portraits, and kites explored through materials such as sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, and installations offer an opportunity for artists to reflect on their creative expression and role in the community. The works of art in this exhibition highlight the way in which individuals can heal through art, shining a light on creative expression as a method of fostering resilience.