Mayor’s Art Institute

Mayor's Art Institute

The Mayor’s Art Institute was created in 1999 to provide paid training and mentorship for artistically talented youth and adults.

The program was administered by the City of Albuquerque from 1999-2005, before being administered the Harwood Art Center from 2006-2015. The Institute grew and flourished through the support of the Harwood staff and community. It gained stability, national recognition, and the support of the greater Albuquerque community while under the administration of Harwood.

Beginning in 2016, the Mayor’s Art Institute will be administered by ALMA (Apprenticeships for Leaders in Mosaic Arts), a local arts non-profit directed by the lead artists of the Mayor’s Art Institute.  The Harwood Art Center is thrilled to have been able to incubate this lasting, successful program, and we wish ALMA the best in the future.

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Susan Klebanoff

Susan Klebanoff

Former Resident Artist

I had the good fortune to be an artist at the Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005. It was wonderful being in a community of artists that were so creative and supportive of each other. Having just arrived in NM in ’96, it was particularly meaningful for me because I did not know anyone in this state, and it enabled me to create immediate friendships with like minded people. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work at Harwood and believe that the [Harwood] Art Center is vital to the neighboring community.

Susan Klebanoff is an internationally recognized contemporary tapestry artist who lives and works in Albuquerque. She kept a studio at Harwood Art Center from 1996 – 2005.

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