Teacher Profiles

Kristin Diener 

Kristin Diener received her MFA in Jewelry Making/Metalsmithing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her BA in Art, Women, and American Culture from the University of Alabama. She has extensive teaching experience including William Woods College, Missouri, Dearborn Academy and The Cambridge Center in Massachusetts, and Kentuck Art Center in Alabama. Kristin’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, and can be seen locally at Mariposa Gallery-Nob Hill. website >

Lea Anderson

Lea Anderson has worked as an artist and art teacher in the New Mexico art community for over a decade and has discovered much during her adventures in the dramatic, colorful, and wild desert environment. Fluent in both two-and three-dimensional visual languages, she creates living, philosophical worlds that echo the formal variations seen in natural systems. She has exhibited throughout New Mexico and the United States, as well as internationally in Bangkok, Thailand in 2010. Anderson recently created the window installation piece “MERIDIAE” for the Albuquerque Museum as their 2015 Summer Artist-in-Residence.  website >

Michelle Chrisman

Michelle Chrisman was a Fashion Art Director in Print Advertising for Macys in New York City.  She became a full time oil painter 15 years ago, and is known for her bold and contemporary colorist Plein Air landscape paintings, but she has a special love for figure painting from life. “I believe that nothing can speed along an artist’s skills as quickly as painting the figure from life in dramatic lighting, in the short pose format.  The artist is forced to really “see” and put down what they see with large brushes decisively!  It is great fun and the results are wonderful!” Michelle is represented by 7 galleries including: Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe, Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos, Weems in ABQ and Casa de Artistas, Scottsdale, AZ.  She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of NM and has been teaching for Harwood Art Center for 12 years.  She has just been selected to participate in the 2015 “Cowgirl Up!” Exhibition at Desert Caballeros Museum in AZ.   website >

Dr. Shelle Van Etten de Sanchez

Dr. Shelle Van Etten de Sanchez is the Director of Organizational Expansion at Escuela del Sol / Harwood Art Center. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in education, arts, and culture in many settings including classrooms, university, private tutoring, museums and community programs. Shelle has received prestigious awards from Creative Albuquerque, written numerous publications and educational materials, and serves on diverse boards and advisory committees. She carries a deep personal and professional commitment to arts, culture, education, and community building and extensive experience with local, state, and national projects. She also loves to make creative messes and create spaces for others to explore their creativity!

Janet Shagam

For most of Janet's adult life, she was a microbiologist and university educator. A gradual transition to medical and science writing occurred around 1993. In 2002, after a nearly 35-year hiatus, art came back into her life. With a focus on printmaking, she enjoys combining multiple print media such as lithography, copperplate etching, relief (woodcut) and collagraph in her work. Janet is committed to developing or improving on environmentally-friendly printmaking methods. In addition to the painterly-intaglio, other methods include electro-etching, vitreography (lithography on grained glass) and plein air printmaking. Janet's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 2010, she participated in a juried group show at the Smithsonian Institute Ripley Gallery. Janet has received two Albuquerque 1% for the Arts grants, a 2-month art residency in Venice, Italy and two short-term residencies at Keystone Press, a lithography facility located in Berlin, Germany.

Martin Mayer

Martin Mayer holds an MFA in Sculpture from Rutgers University and a BFA in Sculpture with a Minor in Art History and Crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has over 29 years of experience as a Sculptor and Professional Art Fabricator working with a wide range of materials and technical processes, from small to large-scale works in the public, private and corporate sectors. website >

Susan Skinner

As a self-taught jeweler with over 22 years of experience, Susan Skinner combines her long time interest in buttons and found objects, such as safety pins, charms, beads, and stones to create work that is influenced by her studies in anthropology and global folk art. Since moving to the Southwest, she is reminded daily of the long history of Native American silversmithing, a tradition that she greatly admires. Susan strives to create work that reflects the attributes of the Native American tradition: simplicity of style and technique, respect for materials and a search for harmony in one's work rather than perfection. website >

Ivan Boyd

Ivan Boyd received his MFA with Distinction from the University of New Mexico December 2012. His work was selected by LA Times art critic David Pagel for inclusion in the juried MFA 2012 exhibit at the UNM Museum of Art. Recent solo shows include the John Sommers Gallery, the Harwood Art Center and the Bright Rain Gallery. His painting and video art was included with a group of international artists in the 2013 exhibit Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers at 516 Arts, Albuquerque NM. His awards include The Phyllis Muth Scholarship for Fine Arts, The Harry Nadler Memorial Fellowship Award and The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale University. He is currently an adjunct faculty for the Central New Mexico Community College and the Harwood Art Center. For years he worked as an Analyst Programmer.

James Black

James Black is the owner and Lead Art Director at 111 Media Collective. He graduated from UNM with a BFA in studio art in 2004 with concentration in printmaking, specifically working with Monotype relief prints, Intaglio etchings, and Serigraphy. James quickly adapted to the Serigraphy or Screen Printing process and began to work on a small studio to create prints. This small studio has grown into a larger artist collective with a strong interest in unique graphic design and production. James is an active community member, local artist, teacher, and published illustrator. James has led many workshops and tutorials for local youth and community centers, including Bosque School, Harwood Art Center, and the Hispanic Cultural Center. James started the screen printing program at Albuquerque’s, Warehouse 508 and is the head of the live screen printing event team “T-Shirt Lab”. He is currently woking as visual art director of the “We Are This City” downtown beautification project launching in late 2015. website >

HARWOOD STORIES

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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