Archival Projects: Bringing the Past to Life

with Alayna N. Pernell

August 7 – 24, 2023

Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $595.00

Course Description

What is an archive? How can archival content be given a new form of material existence? What is at stake for us as artists when we set out to recreate or represent archives?

Alayna N. Pernell addresses these questions (and many others!) in a workshop centered on community, marginalized histories, and stories found via research. Over three weeks, participants re-contextualize and reimagine personal, familial, and social narratives through art and archival collections, with an emphasis on photographic archives. 

By engaging with an archive of your choosing, you become comfortable performing various types of research while strengthening your artistic practice and developing new interests. Reading about and viewing a range of artists’ work allows us to discuss materials and presentation, and everyone is given the chance to share pieces of their own over the course of the workshop. 

Whether you want to learn more about archival projects in general, are starting a new archive-based project, or simply want feedback on a project already in progress, Alayna offers knowledge, guidance, and support. Participants from all backgrounds and levels of practice are welcome.

As you bring an open mind to your archival exploration, you find yourself invigorated by curiosity and motivated to create work you care about.

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

Basic computer skills are necessary as well as the ability to edit and download images using an editing software.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting August 7 and ending August 24 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Alayna N. Pernell

Alayna N. Pernell is a visual artist, writer, and educator who examines the experience of Black American women. She earned a BFA from University of Alabama and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited nationwide at venues including Refraction Gallery, in Milwaukee; Colorado Photographic Arts Center, in Denver; and Griffin Museum of Photography, in Winchester, Massachusetts. Alayna received the James Weinstein Memorial Award (2020-2021), the Snider Prize (2021), and the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship (2023). Her name appears on the Silver Eye Center of Photography Silver List (2022), Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50 (2021), and a Lenscratch Student Prize Honorable Mention (2021). 


Instagram: @alaynapernell

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