Jean Kondek, U-12 | Harwood Art Center

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Jean Kondek, U-12

Harwood Studio Artist since: 2011

Artist Bio

I'm an ex ad guy who spent 30 years on Madison Ave. as a copy writer and creative director. I loved that life and I'm loving this one even more. I'm now a New Mexico plein air painter working in the best state of all for plein air. I love putting paint on canvas and I've always enjoyed being outdoors. Now I can do both at the same time. And I even get paid for it. Life is good.

What Does the Harwood Mean to You?

When you've been an office person most of your adult life it's hard to just get up out of bed, walk into another room and start working. Harwood gives me a professional place to go to work, and forces me to work in a more professional manner. The yearly open house is a great opportunity to show work. The positive spirit of the staff is contagious as well as energizing. And I get a kick out of hearing the kids on the playground while I work.

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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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