Residency for Art & Social Justice

Each fall for 13 years, Harwood’s galleries have featured artists working at the intersections of creative expression and social justice. In 2021, For the occasion of Harwood’s 30th Anniversary, we furthered this offering and formally established an official residency program.

For a third year, we invite New Mexico-based artists whose practice is socially/politically engaged to submit project proposals for our Residency for Art & Social Justice. The nine month program begins March 1, 2023 and ends December 1, 2023. The selected artist will receive:

– A private artist studio at Harwood Art Center to work in for the duration of their 9 month residency
– A six week exhibition in both of our gallery spaces between September 20, 2023 – October 26, 2023 with an option to create an outdoor site specific installation on Harwood grounds.
– Project, promotional, and professional support from our staff
– A $1000 Artist Honorarium to support their time and creative work
– A $500 Materials Stipend to support their project costs
-Opportunity to participate in Studio Artist programs like our annual Open Studios event.

2023 featured Artists in Residence, Rica Maestas


Yucca Goes to Group, September 20 – October 26, 2023

The Residency for Art & Social Justice supports the creation of new, original, and or experimental projects and their culminating public exhibitions. These projects may explore themes of social+ justice and may include artworks in any media; pieces made by individuals and/or collectives; installations by collaboratives and/or community members; etc.

The Residency for Art & Social Justice will culminate in a six week exhibition in both of our gallery spaces between September 27, 2021 – November 4, 2021. The chosen applicant can utilize the residency studio and galleries in whatever way best supports the vision and mission of their project. For example, artists may create an installation in one space and curate a group show in another. Or artists may stage a solo show in one gallery and a community collaborative project in another.

WE ARE HERE // HERE WE ARE , Min Che & Yoon Jin, featured artists in 2022
Plates Against Patriarchy (Helen Atkins, Jordyn Bernicke & Monique Rivera) featured artists in 2019

La Furia en contra de la Máquina

Martin Wannam & Marlene Tafoya, featured artists in 2021
Aún No Escrito / Unwritten: Kemely Gomez, featured artist in 2018