Gallery Shows | Harwood Art Center

Gallery Shows

  • Holly Roberts, Adam and Eve
    From Uncharted Territory, March 2014

  • Orlando Leyba, Cuerda 
    from Overlap, January 2014

  • Rachel Zollinger, Seif, No. 2
    from Re(structure), January 2014

  • Dannee Ashton
    Recycled Heart: Artists of ArtStreet, Feburary 2014

  • Elaine Roy, xxoo Sending My Love
    from Contemporary Contrast, August 2014

  • Maude Adrade, Last Night's Blue Dress
    from Finding Reason, April 2014

  • Margi Weir, Fiscal Forecasting
    from Topical Tapestries, April 2014

  • Alan Paine Radebaugh
    October 2014

  • Ken Frink
    May 2014

  • Karl Hoffman
    May 2014

  • Evan Dent
    September 2014

  • Janet Shagam
    October 2014

May Exhibitions

Friday, May 04, 5:30pm

Artist Talks in the Galleries: Friday, May 4 @ 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 from 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: May 4 - 24, 2018


Natalie Voelker’s exhibition, Fortitude: Portraits of the Perseverant, is a collection of large-scale portrait paintings depicting the complexity of human experience through the lens of the intimate, personal, and specific. The subjects are possessors of fortitude – the courage to persevere when faced with pain or adversity. Painted on loose unstretched canvases, these life-size, full-body portraits imply ambiguous narratives; viewers are compelled to reconsider their first impressions. These works elevate the assumed mundane and invite viewers to look more deeply and compassionately at their fellow human beings.

Depicting local women – a friend’s mother, an intriguing woman seen on the evening news, acquaintances, and friends – Voelker’s paintings honor the fortitude of people around her. Without revealing the details of each subject’s story, these works allow the viewer to contemplate the meaning of fortitude and the circumstances under which it is ignored, acknowledged, or celebrated.


James Black draws digital caricatures, focusing on the people he sees daily in Albuquerque. His friends, family, and community. Random faces, memorable expressions, and unforgettable mugs. He is obsessed with creating a quick process for capturing likeness. The exhibition will feature prints of these caricatures, along with video loops of the recorded renderings.


Natalie Voelker
Natalie Voelker creates emotionally and psychologically engaging portraits of seemingly ordinary people. Having met and worked with people on 3 continents, she conceives of our human experience as both uniquely specific and shared via a visceral emotionality. Her work has been featured in multiple publications including the anthology, BARED, and the French-English magazine, VolUp. She has produced commissioned works for the Harwood Art Center, 508 Mural Festival, the City of Albuquerque, and various private collections. Her painting, Ethan Sleeping, was selected as the featured work for the state of New Mexico by, a national juried figurative art competition. In addition to her art practice, Natalie teaches workshops, ongoing classes, and individualized private art instruction. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin and currently works out of Albuquerque, NM.

“I use painting and drawing to investigate the human body as a physical form, a symbol, and the contact site of human experience. Often colorful and always expressive, my work embraces a lush aesthetic sensibility while at the same time unflinchingly acknowledging the dark and painful aspects of existence. I believe that to be beautiful, work must contain the full breadth of life - the dark as well as the light. Residing in the tension between representation and abstraction, my work reaches toward both physical reality and the subjective ephemeral. Through the physical process of creating, I find aspects of visceral truth. My works are the material result of an exploratory, process-oriented, approach to art-making. Presenting these to the viewer, I invite each viewer to participate in a shared recognition of our essential humanity.”  – Natalie Voelker

James Black
James Black graduated from UNM with a BFA in studio art in 2004 with concentration in printmaking, specifically working with Monotype relief prints, Intaglio etchings, and Serigraphy. James quickly adapted to the Serigraphy or Screen Printing process and began to work on a small studio to create prints. This small studio has grown into a larger artist collective with a strong interest in unique graphic design and production. James is an active community member, musician, local artist, teacher, and published illustrator. James has led many workshops and tutorials for local youth and community centers, including Amy Biel High School, Wells Park, ACE Leader Ship High, Harwood Art Center, and the Hispanic Cultural Center. James started the screen printing program at Albuquerque’s, Warehouse 508, is the head of 111 Media Collective, and leads the live screen printing event team T-Shirt Lab.

“I am Printmaker , Illustrator , Educator, and community member.
I see people.
Many times I will not forget their face until I have exaggerated it.
I had a dream once that I drew all of my friends.
I decided to keep dreaming that dream again and again.” 
– James Black

SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico

Friday, June 01, 6:00pm

Opening Receptions & Community Celebration: Friday, June 1, 6 - 8pm
Exhibtions Run: June 1 – July 20, 2018


Harwood Art Center's 6th annual SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico is a juried exhibition, endowed cash awards and professional development program. It is designed to cultivate the creative and professional growth of artistic talents and to expand their visibility and economic viability in our community.

Participating artists are: Helen Atkins, Hayden Barnard, Caitlin Carcerano, Emma Casady, Alison Green, Nikita Gurnani, Rachel Harris Huffman, Isabel Hees, Lena Kassicieh, Margarita Paz-Pedro, Ruby Troup, and Penelope Young.


The heart of SURFACE – and what sets the program apart both in Harwood’s annual calendar and from gallery exhibitions around the city – is the professional development component. The intensive full-day workshop focuses on, fundamentally, what it means to be and how to further oneself as a professional working artist. BFA / MFA programs do an excellent job of cultivating deep development in creative practice and theoretical - historical - contemporary frameworks. The SURFACE program looks at business practice and social - commercial - communication frameworks.

Cecilia McKinnon, Screen Fringe (detail), 2018

Muscle Memory: Cecilia McKinnon

Cecilia received the SURFACE 2017 Harwood Art Center Solo Exhibition Award, presented annually for artistic excellence, originality of vision and dedication to practice.

“In its countless alveoli space contains compressed time. That is what space is for.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

“The self is not contained in any moment or any place, but it is only in the intersection of moment and place that the self might, for a moment, be seen vanishing through a door, which disappears at once.” Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

Muscle Memory explores the phenomena of memory as embodied within place, experienced through sculpture, installation, and textile intervention into everyday objects. The act of dwelling, performed through the habitual and repetitive gestures of domesticity, is one by which an architectural space becomes encoded into our bodies. We contain an experiential knowledge which runs deeper than conscious thought, a bodily familiarity which allows us to find a light switch in the dark or open a tricky lock. The home becomes a container for interwoven layers of time and memory, an archive of the thousands of intimate, mundane, or unremarkable gestures which comprise daily life. Our awareness of the accustomed space extends beyond the boundaries of the body and beyond physical parameters to encompass vast emotional and psychological expanses. What role does the architecture of home play in the mediation of present experience and a continuity of memory? To what extent can we visualize the strange alchemical process by which interior space becomes a living piece of the self?

Cecilia McKinnon is an intermedia artist and curator, primarily working in the areas of sculptural installation, textiles, and performance. Her work explores the entropy of both memory and physical place, relying on craft-based interventions, found objects, and abject materials. McKinnon grew up in California, immersed in theater and performance practices. She moved to New Mexico to complete a BFA at the University of New Mexico in 2010, where she studied printmaking and sculpture, in addition to participating in Land Arts of the American West. She has performed and presented work in a variety of exhibition and festival venues, including Bread and Puppet Theater, Titwrench Festival, SOMOS ABQ, the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. She currently performs in experimental solo songwriting project Star Canyon, as well as with noise collective Milch de la Máquina, and women's music festival organizers Gatas y Vatas. She is a founding member of GRAFT collective, an art and curatorial collective based out of the Barelas neighborhood in Albuquerque.


We are deeply grateful to The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, The Geissman Family, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts and National Endowment for the Arts for their support of SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, as well as to Marion & Kathryn Crissey and Reggie Gammon for establishing our endowed awards for this program. SURFACE would not be possible without our extraordinary local collaborators at Albuquerque Art Business Association, A Good Sign, The Grove Cafe & Market, Tractor Brewing Company, and UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Friday, August 03, 6:00pm


Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 from 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: August 3 - 23, 2018

Luanne Redeye: Frames
Frames is a series of mixed media works and paintings. Through this work, Luanne explores her relationships with the people in her life. Good or bad, how have they impacted who she is and by extension what other events have shaped who we are as a family. {main gallery}

Vincent Frazetta: Barbara / Facing Down Alzheimer's
Barbara...Alzheimer's. The viewer knows the outcome of this story. In this exhibition, Vincent introduces one woman's extraordinary struggle to live a decent life while facing down this murderous disease. With photographs and accompanying text, Vincent hopes the viewer will bond with Barbara, and learn something anew about grace under duress. {front gallery}



Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 from 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: October 5 - 25, 2018

David Disko & Dani Jeffries: Landforms
{main gallery}

Jessica Kennedy: Beautiful Unwanted
Beautiful Unwanted deals with harmful invasive species and the impact they have when introduced into foreign ecosystems, usually for reasons of human greed or naïve fascination with the unfamiliar or “exotic.” The works in this exhibition are intended to acknowledge the destructive force of these species, while simultaneously honoring their aesthetic beauty and inherent value as life forms. {front gallery}



Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: December 2 - 7, 2018

Both Galleries: ((12x12))



Richard Goulis

Former Harwood Employee

In 1992, I answered a HELP WANTED ad for substitute teachers at Escuela del Sol Montessori. There I met Friedje, who astutely noticed I had some experience in organizing artists and arts organizations. I began searching for interested artists and set out creating art workshops for the community. We soon began offering about 30 workshops, in everything from pinhole photography, drawing, performance art, to ceramics, mask making, video production and more.  After this successful summer session, I was offered a managerial position and began to see what could come of the newly minted “Harwood Art Center.”  After about one year we had 65 amazing artists in the studios, with a growing waiting list of well over 50 people, a working performance space, dance floor and darkroom, various gallery spaces, as well as classes just about every night of the week.

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