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images above by: Erika Osborne, Eloisa Guanlao, Mike Sonnichsen,
Kris Mills & Lisa Gill, Bret Aaker, and Emily Trovillion

See images from the exhibition.


Read articles and reviews of the show:

Nancy Salem: "Desert Dada" (Albuquerque Tribune)

Steven Robert Allen: "Back in the Saddle" (Weekly Alibi)

Wesley Pulkka: "Transitions Captures Uneven Field of Art" (Albuquerque Journal, subscription required)

Read some responses to Wesley Pulkka's statement in his article that "there is no Albuquerque art scene" here.


The Harwood Art Center presents

Albuquerque Contemporary, 16th Annual Juried Exhibition

August 6 - September 17, 2005

Opening reception: Saturday, August 6, 7-9pm
Street Party with live gypsy jazz music by the Duke City Hot Club
Gallery Talk with selected artists: Saturday, September 3, 2pm

AT 516 Artspace, 516 Central SW, Downtown Albuquerque
Gallery Hours: 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday

How Much: Free

More info: email abqcontemporary05@yahoo.com, or call 505/883-9126 ________________________________________________________________
The Harwood Art Center announces Transitions, the sixteenth annual juried Albuquerque Contemporary exhibition, which takes place August 6 - September 17, 2005 at 516 Artspace in Downtown Albuquerque. The exhibition features 38 pieces by 27 local artists, selected from 240 entries of more than 600 pieces.

The exhibition was juried by Laura Steward Heon, the incoming executive director and curator of SITE Santa Fe. Before starting her position at SITE Santa Fe this spring, Heon was curator at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams), one of the world’s largest centers for contemporary visual and performing arts. About the process of curating the exhibition, Heon said “I saw at least three different forms the show might take on, but the theme that struck me and seemed to dominate many of the images I saw is something I call “Desert Dada”; a very rich, quirky kind of surrealism modified by a strong narrative and black sense of humor.”


Bret Aaker - Jeff Beekman - Rik Burkard - Jennifer Burkley - Santos Contreras - Kristin Diener - Colin Gabriel - Mary Goodwin - Eloisa Guanlao - Gloria Hajduk - Wayne Hopkins - Matt Jones - David Keating - Barry McCormick - Mark Migliaccio -Kris Mills & Lisa Gill -Iva Morris -Erika Osborne - Jesse Pearson -Lisa (La) Rossignol -Mike Sonnichsen -Beverly Tjarks -Emily Trovillion -Laura Wacha -Kay Whitney -Cathy Wysocki -Tara Zalewsky

This contemporary exhibition is the only one of its kind in Albuquerque showcasing the city's wealth of contemporary artists. The annual juried show has a long history and has been presented in several different venues. This year, the annual show is presented by the Harwood Art Center, emphasizing the community driven aspect of the exhibition and maintaining the focus on a broad spectrum of contemporary art. The Harwood Art Center, owned and operated by Escuela del Sol Montessori, has been promoting the arts and education in Albuquerque and New Mexico since 1991.

The continuation of this annual exhibition demonstrates that the power of art is strong and lives on through changes in the community. The title Transitions has been chosen to represent that this year’s show is a stepping stone to the future, providing continuity between previous exhibitions and the future of contemporary art in Albuquerque.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog featuring an interview of Laura Steward Heon by arts writer Kay Whitney, as well as statements by the artists in the show.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation, and is in conjunction with an effort to increase arts activity in Downtown Albuquerque. Other supporters include the FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, Wingspread Collector's Guide, John & Jamie Lewinger, New Mexico Bank and Trust, REDW, Enterprise Builders, Legacy Mortgage LLC, DCSW Architects, Page Coleman Gallery, and Moise & Co.


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