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Emerging Artist Program

Robbie Pino, Amboy, intaglio etching, 2014

SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico

SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico is an annual juried exhibition, professional development and endowed cash awards program presented by Harwood Art Center.

Harwood is fortunate to have two endowed funds from which to make our cash awards to selected SURFACE participants: the Reggie Gammon Memorial Award and the Marion and Kathryn Crissey Award. We are deeply thankful to these visionary members of Albuquerque's arts community for their support of up and coming talent.

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Harwood Art Center's 3rd 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. 

Dive into our SURFACE 2015 exhibition catalog:


2015 Participating Artists:

  • Emma Difani
  • Henry Hutchinson
  • Robin Kalinich
  • Alexis Kaminsky
  • Joanna Keane Lopez
  • Julia Lambright
  • Amy Mann
  • Stephanie McCloud
  • James Meara
  • Aziza Murray
  • Robbie Pino
  • Sophia Torres
  • Ben Utigard


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. 

SURFACE 2015 workshop panelists:

  • Sherri Brueggemann, Public Art Urban Enhancement Program Manager, City of Albuquerque
  • Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum
  • Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Viviette Hunt, Director, Richard Levy Gallery
  • Grady Jaynes, Co-Founder / Owner, OROPOPO
  • Jami Porter Lara, Artist & 2014 SURFACE Alumna
  • Peri Pakroo, Publisher & Editor, Pyragraph
  • Kymberly Pinder, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico
  • Valerie Roybal, Artist / Designer & 2015 Pollock Krasner Award Recipient
  • Nancy Zastudil, Owner / Director, Central Features Contemporary Art

Tera Muskrat, Senorita With A Necklace of Tears, acrylic on canvas, 2014


SURFACE 2014 Solo Exhibition Award Recipient Tera Muskrat's Canta Con Pintura (Sing with Paint) is a 12-part series of paintings based on songs, initially inspired by an Ekphrasis event where a song was written about her work. Drawn from music with personal significance to the artist or to her friends, Tera's series explores the diverse and beautiful nature of the feminine power and the current female condition in our society.


Christopher Blaz (Hand Eye Collective), Immiscible Polarity, planning drawing, 2015


Hand Eye Collectives's large-scale installation, Immiscible Polarity, was an exploration of beginnings and ends and the moments of space, experience, oppositions and attractions that take place in between. Collective members Christopher Blaz, David Cudney, Joel Davis, Mandy Hanks, Lance Ryan McGoldrick and Casey Warr combine their varying skill sets and vast fabrication experience to create splendid diversity aimed at spreading wonder and joy.

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Harwood’s SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico exhibitions and installation are part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, an expansive collaboration by more than 20 arts organizations celebrating our exceptional local creative talents (ABQontheMap.com)


SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico is presented with support from Albuquerque Art Business Association (AABA) / ArtsCrawl, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. The awards were endowed by Reggie Gammon and by Marion and Kathryn Crissey. The program would not be possible without local business partners A Good Sign, Tractor Brewing Company and Westbund West.




In 2014, our second year, we happily found ourselves with an applicant pool as extraordinary as that for our inaugural program. We were thrilled to feature these brilliant participants in 2014: Isaac AlaridPease, Mia Casesa, Christopher Casey, Jessica Chao, Xuan Chen, Christa Dalien, Beverly Fisher, Holly Grimm, Bryce Hample, Dani Jeffries, Jami Porter Lara, Georgina Latino and Tera Muskrat, as well as to highlight the works of 2013 Surface Award Recipient Jane Gordon in a concurrent solo show in the front gallery.

Dive into our SURFACE 2014 exhibition catalog:





In 2013, our first year, we received over 90 complete applications from around New Mexico, and we evaluated them based on quality and cohesion of work, clarity of written statements, stated objectives and description of practice.  We selected 15 exceptionally talented artists: Courtnee Bennett, Adam Billie, Molly Bradbury, Katie Carillo, DeVon Fox, Jane Gordon, Laura Green, Hilary Heyl, Renee McKitterick, Katherine Minott, Ben Roe Jr., Maria Ross, David Santiago, Justin Yazzie, and Jessica Zekus.

Check out our 2013 SURFACE exhibition catalog:



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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