September Exhibitions | Harwood Art Center

September Exhibitions

Friday, September 08, 6:00pm

Featuring Jodie Herrera and Collin Troy

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: September 8 - 28, 2017

Jodie Herrera: Duality

Duality features Jodie Herrera's inspiring portraits of three local women and their stories of hardship, survival, and resilience. Herrera’s paintings strive to serve and celebrate the beauty and resilience of the women she has the honor of working with. She hopes that the paintings can provide a source of strength and inspiration for others, especially when it comes to seeking help. For this exhibit, Herrera collaborated with three local initiatives to source her subjects: The Refugee Well Being Project at The University of New Mexico, Solace Crisis Treatment Center and with the creators of Walking the Healing Path, an indigenous activist documentary film. This collaboration was formed with the intention of highlighting just a few of the many helpful and educational resources New Mexico has to offer and to demonstrate the powerful effects they have on the people of our community. {front gallery}

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Jodie Herrera, Collin Troy & Community Participants: Missing Persons

Missing Persons is a community generated art installation developed by lead artist Jodie Herrera and collaborating artist Collin Troy.  Herrera and Troy held multiple art workshops at community events throughout the last year including REZILIENCE Indigenous Arts Experience (REZARTX) and Harwood’s Encompass: A Multigenerational Arts Event. They invited people to create “Missing Persons” style posters that are meant to express what they feel is missing in our community, our country and our world.  These posters are used to form a large-scale assembly that recreates the look of a post-disaster missing persons wall.  The collaborative installation not only offers a reflection on what is missing, but offers a visual reference of the issues affecting our community and seeks to inspire individuals to become more active in working to create a better future. {main gallery}

You can be part of the Missing Persons installation! For more information and to participate, sign up today >.

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About the artists

Jodie Herrera

Jodie Herrera is a visual artist and curator from Taos, New Mexico. She is of both Native and Hispanic descent. Herrera works as an illustrator, muralist, a mixed-media artist, and curator, while predominantly focusing on oil painting.

Herrera has been a visual artist all of her life and formally started painting in 2011. Jodie’s complete career in painting has been an homage to the female experience. Herrera’s oil paintings are semi-photorealistic figurative works, portraying women who are going through or have persevered through trauma. As part of her process, Herrera takes great care with each story and builds a personal and supportive relationship with each of her participants. Within her paintings, Herrera incorporates symbolism relevant to her model’s interests and heritage to visually narrate their stories. By providing a platform for her subjects to share and own their stories, Herrera hopes to give back a source power that may have once had power over them.

Herrera received her BFA with honors from the University of New Mexico in 2013, with a focus in oil painting. She currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, where she works as a professional artist, Creator of Women Across Borders, Co-Curator for The Pop-Up Collective and freelance curator/curatorial consultant. Women Across Borders is an International Arts and Activism project, where Herrera travels to diverse destinations around the world. In this project, Herrera connects with women to share their stories of resilience through her work, while creating resources for her participants. The Pop-Up Collective utilizes Albuquerque's vacant and unique spaces to host Pop-Up art exhibitions.

Herrera’s art has been featured in such settings as The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz, The Albuquerque Museum, 516 Gallery, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, among many others.

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Collin Troy

Collin Troy is a New Mexico-born artist, musician and small business owner. He is best known for his musical career in Albuquerque and abroad, performing as Eph Sharpe of local pioneering Hip-Hop group 2bers. He is also the co-owner of The Octopus & The Fox, a boutique that carries over 40 different local artists and crafters goods, and acts as a vital resource to the creative community in Albuquerque. He is currently working a new series of mixed-media woodburning art, as well as new solo musical work.

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HARWOOD STORIES

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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