Art Exhibit Co-Created by Hawthorn '22 Gets Special Guest

The art show that Hawthorn ‘22 recently co-curated, titled “Love,” came to a close this past week, but not without a special visitor: Mayor Keller. Hawthorn was asked to take the mayor and his family through the exhibit at the South Broadway Cultural Center. During his visit, Mayor Keller spent an hour and a half touring the show, asking Hawthorn questions, and admiring original art. Two pieces of art that stood out to him were the original Shepard Fairey piece called “Love is the Drug,” and the Ron English piece titled “Abraham Obama.” He was also excited to learn that graffiti-artist, Coco144, had a piece on display at the show. 
While walking through the gallery, Hawthorn was also able to talk to Mayor Keller about her Service Learning experience at Bosque School. He was eager to learn about her involvement in the Service Learning group, Womxn's Advocacy Coalition, and volunteer work at Crossroads for Women. Hawthorn was also able to share her experiences about her volunteer work with former gang members and incarcerated youth at La Plazita Institute in the South Valley.
At the end of the tour, Mayor Keller surprised Hawthorn by asking her if she would sign his copy of her published book, South Valley. The book was a collaboration between Hawthorn and other poets, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, Jimmy Santiago Baca. A couple of days after his visit, Mayor Keller sent Hawthorn some photos of her book on display at the mayor’s office alongside other books like Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless me Ultima, and several other famous New Mexican authors and poets. This commemoration of her work made her feel extremely honored and humbled. Way to go, Hawthorn!