Carol Adamec, S-5 | Harwood Art Center

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  • Salado Cathedral
    Oil, mixed media on gessoed panel

  • Black on Black
    Oil, mixed media on gessoed panel

  • Old Pueblo
    Oil, alkyd on gessoed panel

Carol Adamec, S-5

Harwood Studio Artist since: 1996
I am an oil painter, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and have been involved in the arts for over 40 years: as a fine arts instructor, gallery director, art juror, exhibition curator, panelist, speaker, and professional mentor to artists. Since arriving in Albuquerque in 1994, I have exhibited in exhibitions at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, The Harwood Art Center, Art Santa Fe, and out-of-state venues as well, and enjoy local representation by the Weyrich Gallery. In 2003 I became a Trail of Painted Ponies Artist with the acceptance of my design, “Running with the Ancestors.” My recent studio interests are inspired by the traditional patterns of Native American pottery. I also enjoy painting the New Mexico landscape en plein air, and engage in "digital printmaking" based on drawings created on a Boogie Board Tablet eWriter with digital manipulation in Adobe Photoshop.

What does Harwood mean to you?

I've been a Harwood Studios artist for many years, enjoying the support of a dedicated staff and the camaraderie of other artists. Harwood provides a haven for artists needing an affordable place to create, along with exhibition opportunities. The annual Open Studios Night is a huge event, one that I look forward to participating in. In addition to serving local artist, the Harwood provides high quality art classes and art events for the community as well. In my opinion, the Harwood Art Center is a key contributor to Albuquerque's reputation as an "art town."

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Former Director of Harwood

When I started the building was primarily a studio center for artists with very little public programming. The only staff members were the Building Manager Marshall Kovitz and me, and we were both part-time. I worked to expand the reach of Harwood through lots more exhibitions, classes and events, and the Harwood Summer Arts Camp. I focused on community involvement and marketing, which transformed Harwood from a mostly quiet studio center into a public venue that was always buzzing with activity.

I am grateful to the Harwood for launching my career in arts administration over 20 years ago and for serving as the umbrella for 516 ARTS in our first year.

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