Donna Romano, S-2 | Harwood Art Center

Studio Artists

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  • Printing in progress, it's a messy business.

  • Set up for Open Studio Night 2012.

  • Napkins ready for use - hand screen printed and serged edges.

Donna Romano, S-2

Harwood Studio Artist since: 2012
Professionally I've worked in Design and Branding for over 20 years. Most of my work is done on a computer now, but I have always loved the classic (considered old-fashioned now) graphic design mediums  - letterpress printing, vintage lettering, screen and block printing, etc. I really love the inconsistencies and unpredictable imperfections of those hands-on mediums. About a year ago I decided to rent a studio at the Harwood and learn how to screenprint. It's been a great outlet for me to experiment freely.

What Does the Harwood Mean to You?

My studio at the Harwood is my own personal space to experiment, to get away from the chaos of daily life, relax and be completely self-indulgent. There is a very welcoming feeling here, and I am constantly inspired by the amazing creativity and talent all around me.

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Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist

I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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