August 13, 2001

Subject: Re:
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 15:08:59 -0700
From: Aida Mancillas <>
References: 1

Dear Alma,

Just got back from Chicago where I was visiting with Carlos Tortolero, executive director of the Mexican Center for Fine Arts. I'm sorry I missed the evening with Ms. Nunn. I'd like to meet the woman who, like you, was at the center of the storm.

I hope you're doing well. I think of you and your wonderful work often, and have mentioned the Santa Fe episode to other artists, historians and arts administrators. I know that it was a terrible and difficult time for you, but it has generated a much needed discussion in the community. It's no longer a matter of keeping silent. You had a great group of women and men writing important things about what happened. I have a great admiration for them, and you, for hanging in there.

I hope the Centro's letter of support from the Board of Trustees helped. We followed the proceedings closely and have redoubled our efforts to make the Centro a welcoming place for all.

Good luck. I look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles next time I'm in the neighborhood.

Aida Mancillas

At its best, the sensation of (making art) is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then--and only then--it is handed to you." Annie Dillard , from "The Writing Life"


Subject: Our Lady
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 17:31:59 -0500
From: aggie damron-garner <>
To: alma lopez <>

Alma, Thank you for suggesting I contact Joyce Ice at the museum in Santa Fe. I drove over there last week, met with Joyce and Tey Nunn, showed them the segment we did for KERA. They loved it...and want a copy for the archives. The museum is wonderful, and your artwork looks so perfect hanging there... a very powerful expression of you and your uniqueness. I gave KERA your address and they are supposed to send a copy to you. I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know when you receive it....and if you don't....