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2015 Artists

  • Jessica Kennedy
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  • Susie Protiva

  • Chris Casey

  • Niya Lee

  • Ray Maseman

  • Diane Alire

  • Luanne Redeye

  • Rachel Zollinger

  • Thomas Tomlinson

Who are the 2015 participating Artists?

Our artists were selected from an incredibly competitive pool of submissions from around New Mexico. We are honored to include:

    Diane Alire - Photography
    Christopher Casey - Ceramics
    Jessica Kennedy - Painting
    Niya Lee - Ceramics
    Ray Maseman - Printmaking (etching & aquatint)
    Susie Protiva - Painting
    Luanne Redeye - Printmaking (screenprinting)
    Eileen Shaughnessy - Singer/Songwriter/Musician
    Thomas Tomlinson - Sculptural Relief Paintings
    Rachel Zollinger - Copper Relief

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Diane Alire

My series of photographs for Harvest CSA are called Juxtaposition, defined as images placed close together for comparison or contrast. I am interested in observing the patterns in nature and the urban environment and how they resemble each other in shape or form despite the context in which they are photographed.

Diane Alire was born in Montgomery, Alabama and currently resides in Albuquerque, NM. In 1987 she obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University and in 1991 her Masters of Fine Arts from University of Texas. She is currently a professor of Photography & Studio Arts at Southwest University of Visual Arts.

Chris Casey

I am a process driven artist and my work is an exercise in pure abstraction. The movement of line and the power of color are my avenues of expression. I am drawn to sloping curves and vibrant colors, but my art is the fruit of an improvisational process where there are no wrong solutions. For the Harvest CSA project I will be making porcelain vases adorned with carving and glaze pencil. Each vase will be unique both in form and surface decoration but linked as a whole through materials and process.

Born in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Chris Casey received his BFA in 2013 from the University of New Mexico. Sculpture, mixed media drawings and pottery are his primary mediums. He currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jessica Kennedy

My love of process, action, and the physicality of paint are the driving forces behind my work and the natural world is my major source for inspiration. I think about animals, plants, the human body, and the microscopic life forms that are always with us but we cannot see. I attempt to create a world in which a single object, my painting, can simultaneously embody all of these disparate yet interdependent things. In this imaginative space, I depict scenes that could take place in a rainforest, in a pond, in a laboratory, or inside our own bodies.

Jessica Kennedy is an artist and educator who works primarily in abstract painting. She earned her BFA in Fine Arts in 2005 from the University of Michigan. In 2006, she relocated to Albuquerque to pursue an MFA at the University of New Mexico, where she earned the degree with honors in 2009. Jessica is currently a faculty member at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Albuquerque, where she teaches painting, drawing, design, and art history. She continues to paint and exhibits her work regularly.

Niya Lee

Sunshine, prickly pear and cholla cacti, roadrunners, agave, steer skulls, mesas, and beautiful native patterns spring to mind when I ponder this place I inhabit. With this Harvest CSA endeavor, I will combine a visual musing of place through drawings that reflect the Southwest landscape and culture on ceramic bowls that are made to hold one’s sustenance.  

Niya Lee is a ceramic artist whose work includes ceramic sculptures, functional pottery, as well as ephemeral and public art installations. Raised in the wet, green hills of Oregon, she now lives in the strikingly different, sun-laden desert of New Mexico. Niya Lee received her BFA in Painting & drawing from Oregon State University and her MFA in Ceramics from University of New Mexico.

Ray Maseman

My narrative and slightly surreal imagery emerge from dreams, myths, children's stories and chance observations. The characters travel through provocative and incongruous landscapes, facing adventures, conundrums, and the unknown while meditating upon the idea of home. I create these whimsical journeys through the scientific and rigorous process of etching. I etch lines and textures on copper plates using a variety of chemical and physical techniques, then ink and print these plates on paper to build narrative layers of color and rhythm that tell the story in ways drawing or painting alone can not.

Ray Maseman has been a printmaker for over fifteen years, and an artist since his childhood near Chicago. Maseman received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Denver, and he has been creating his unique etchings at New Grounds Print Workshop, in Albuquerque since 1997. His etchings have been exhibited widely and can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Susie Protiva

Just as gardens require consistent attention to thrive, art making benefits from a daily practice. It is this shared space of attending-to that I explore in my pieces for the Harvest CSA project. Each painting references a photograph of the sky as my seed or ‘way in’ to the painting, and each is an abstracted ‘moment’ along a continuum, starting with the photographed moment. The paintings are a means for my practice of attending to--looking, and looking again; seeking, through the always-changing view, the specificity of here and now.

After receiving her BFA from the University of New Mexico, Susie Protiva and her husband moved to a small valley in the New Mexico desert, where they built an off-grid home and studios.

Luanne Redeye

My artworks are representations through my gaze, an intersection of autobiography and community. I depict the relationship between perception and experience of native identity through genre scenes, designs, and portraits—not to prove authenticity but to disprove what others think is “authentic.” My process of creating is laborious to give emphasis to the moments and figures I choose to depict. The works are visual narratives of the people’s histories, capturing what it means to be Indian today while revealing a complexity that is not often seen.  My Harvest CSA project will focus on a series of screen prints using hand-cut stencils and hand-painted screens. I enjoy experimenting, layering multiple images, changing color and composition to create unique works.

Born 1985 in Jamestown, New York, Luanne Redeye grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in western New York. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at SUNY Oswego receiving her B.F.A. in 2008. It was during this time she first began oil painting. She went on to earn her M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico in 2011. Luanne currently lives and paints in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2014 Luanne was the recipient of a Santa Fe Indian Market Fellowship and Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute.

Eileen Shaughnessy

As a musician and a songwriter, I am inspired by just being open to amazement and wonder...something we sometimes forget to do in our busy lives. I love the magic of music and how songs can create worlds within and outside of our own world. I’ve been known to write songs about chickens, revolution, and of course, love. My music is sometimes folk-y, sometimes dance-y, and it's always infused with that same sense of wonder. I envision my album for the Harvest CSA project as a collection of catchy, heart-breaking, and pop-infused stories sharing amazement and wonder.

Originally from Minnesota, Eileen Shaughnessy has been a professional and touring musician for over seven years, playing solo and with bands all over the country. Eileen has released two full-length CDs of original music, with her band "Eileen & the In-Betweens" and with the band “ExLovers.” Eileen is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and she enjoyed sharing her love of music with Harwood’s Summer Art Camp students this summer. Eileen is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of New Mexico in Sustainability Studies and in Women Studies. You can catch her playing live at Java Joe’s on Friday mornings from 9-11am.

Thomas Tomlinson

My creative process is driven by the search for the beautiful elusive blend of Art and Design. My artwork employs both traditional and digital drawing techniques. Recent work consists of sculptural relief paintings made from multiple layers of laser cut hand painted wood. Some of my works are of a single object, animal, or symbol while other works incorporate up to 15 layers and depict more elaborate scenes. For my Harvest CSA project I plan to develop my 3 layer relief paintings. The subject matter will explore masks, classical sculpture, myths and legends.

Thomas Tomlinson is an Albuquerque, NM native. He received his Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico. Thomas' artistic endeavors range from illustration and painting to wood carving and product design. He works with a variety of media – primarily ink, water color, oil pastel integrated with laser cutting technology.

Rachel Zollinger

I think of my work as constructions of landscape – distillations of origin, formation and evolution of an environment. Underpinning my work is a fascination of the paradoxical relationship between humankind and nature. Through the scope of abstraction, my work maintains macro and micro levels of observation, and studies the ambiguities and similarities in nature. For the Harvest CSA project, I will work with copper and mixed media in relief forms, focusing on the relevance of the sculpted line and treating the surface with various forms of patination. I enjoy finding the balance between the second and third dimensions, creating a sculptural manifestation of drawing.

Rachel Zollinger is a visual artist working in Albuquerque, NM. Her love of drawing at a young age led her to earn a BFA at the University of New Mexico, where she discovered metalworking and sculpture. She has exhibited her work across the country, including Chicago and New York, as well as locally.




Current Studio Artist

Harwood Art Center is my sanctuary and my connection to the community.  It’s unusual and amazing to have these opposing forces satisfied in one place.  The Harwood community enriches my life because of studio artists, staff, teachers, and exhibits. Through classes at the Harwood Art Center and mentoring from influential New Mexico artists, I began painting in 2005.  My paintings have been included in exhibits at the Albuquerque Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, and Patina Gallery, in Santa Fe.

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