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The original Harwood Girls’ School consisted of the current Harwood Art Center building, a one story classroom building constructed during the WPA era and Hudd Hall built in 1940.

Today, Harwood Art Center occupies most of the main building with artist studios, galleries, classrooms and offices. Harwood also owns and operates the old church building at the corner of Mountain Road and Sixth Street as an art studio/classroom, and just purchased the building two doors down – previously a bail bonds office – to be used as additional studio and classroom space.

Harwood’s parent organization Escuela del Sol Montessori inhabits Hudd Hall, the WPA building and the north wing of the main building with toddler, primary and elementary classrooms, and administrative offices. In 2002, Escuela del Sol purchased the land directly east of Hudd Hall and built four additional primary classrooms.

We are at work on a renovation plan to update and make more efficient our campus, and we look forward to sharing our vision with you!


Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist

I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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