Exhibition Runs: August 7 – 27, 2020

Virtual Artist Talks: Thursday, August 27 @ 5:30pm


Harwood Art Center is pleased to present umbrae | arborum is Susie Protiva’s examination and meditation on the mutability of recollection, representation, and reconstruction of what is seen and not seen, remembered and forgotten. Altars of Imperfection // Quarantine Visions by Chelsea Wrightson in the Front Gallery, presents a series of altars informed by healing in the face of collective loss, and a series of drawings that imagine the brain’s response to limited visual stimulus.

Organizational Context & Approach to Exhibitions Program

On March 13, 2020, in accordance with public health emergency orders, we announced Harwood’s building closure, ceased all in-person gatherings, deployed staff to work from home, and began pivoting our programs to continue mission-driven service to the 10,000 New Mexicans we engage each year. In this transition, we have made fundamental shifts in the content, strategies, and financial models we’ve refined over 29 years of rootedness in our public, physical, arts center, and we’ve shaped, tested and rolled out an array of new distance arts and exhibition engagements, and have many more to come.

As we contemplated how to adjust our exhibitions program, for a time when we cannot plan physical convenings (such as exhibitions or opening receptions in our galleries, which have been cornerstones of this program), we’ve explored countless ideas, and we’ve sketched out a revised framework that we believe upholds the core value(s) of the program and adapts best to the upsidedown of now.

Virtual Artist Talks

We invite you to join us for an virtual exhibition reception and artist talks by Susie Protiva and Chelsea Wrightson on Zoom, Thursday, August 27 starting at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to all ages.

Please use the link below to register for the artist talk. A link to join the talks will be provided upon registration. 

By Appointment Hours*

The exhibitions will be installed in our galleries as planned and will be accessible to the public by appointment only for up to 2 people at a time. All visitors must wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and comply with all safety guidelines set forth by the CDC.

Please use the link below to book an appointment to view the exhibitions. 

*Given the extraordinary time, by appointment hours are subject to change. Any changes will be noted and updated here.

umbrae | arborum: Susie Protiva

umbrae | arborum: Susie Protiva

Umbrae, Latin for shadow, but also for shade, a ghost image. Spending time hiking amongst the aspens, with their interwoven root systems and interdependent destinies, Susie Protiva finds herself ruminating on what will become shade and shadow-memory in our heating up anthropocene.

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Altars of Imperfection  // Quarantine Visions: Chelsea Wrightson

Altars of Imperfection // Quarantine Visions: Chelsea Wrightson

Altars of Imperfection is a series of meditative oil paintings on casted plaster altars that are informed by Chelsea Wrightson’s individual healing in the face of collective loss. Quarantine Visions is a series of graphite drawings on paper created in quarantine that imagine what the brain does with limited visual stimulus.

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