SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico

Friday, June 02, 6:00pm

Opening Receptions & Community Celebration: Friday, June 2, 6 - 8pm
Exhibtions Run: June 2 – July 21, 2017

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Harwood Art Center's 4th 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. Learn more about past programs >

2017 Participating Artists are:

    Meghan Arcaro
    Jazmyn Crosby
    Margaret Farrell
    Michael Gomez
    Jessica Gross
    Kathryn Jaroneski
    Shaelin Jornigan
    Malcolm King
    Cecelia McKinnon
    Gwen Miller Wagner
    Gaspar Salazar-Mendez
    Jeremy Salazar


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.

Christopher MacQueen, GhostPrism (detail), 2017


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SURFACE 2016 Solo Exhibition Award Recipient Christopher MacQueen's exhibtion GhostPrism is a full-room installation that is populated by strings and painted lines that forge an environment with an ever-expanding depth of field. The artist invites viewers to participate in their own portrait while looking into reflective paintings; traversing a landscape where foreground, middle ground, and background are only complete when the spectator steps into the frame.

Christopher MacQueen was born in Taos, NM but now calls Albuquerque home. He studied Art Education and Art History at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where his studio concentration focused on printmaking and porcelain ceramics. His artwork has been included in a variety of exhibitions including the juried  ‘30 Under 30’ at the Santa Fe Convention Center, a solo show and permanent wall drawing at Eggman & Walrus Gallery in Santa Fe, as well as a selection of group exhibitions regionally. MacQueen’s paintings, sculptures and wall-drawings/installations are in numerous private collections in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. His interest in art began as a child producing epic wall drawings with his sister’s makeup and stolen highlighters. His favorite color is yellow.


We are deeply grateful to The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque / Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, 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 business partners Albuquerque Art Business Association, A Good Sign, Tractor Brewing Company and Westbund West.

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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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