New Mexorado: Artists Living and Working in the Albuquerque-Denver Corridor highlights the work of those in the geographic region between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Denver, Colorado. The exhibit celebrates technical excellence, personal vision, and the bonds connecting the community of artists living and working in this unique part of the world.
Some 370 artists—both established professionals and those yet emerging—submitted almost 1,300 works of art to the Harwood for the New Mexorado call for entries. The accepted submissions include 124 pieces by 80 artists and cover the gamut from painting and drawing to sculpture and photography. Libby Lumpkin, art historian, curator, and professor of contemporary art history and art theory at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, served as the primary juror. “Although most of the submissions were relatively traditional in terms of media, the intentions and sensibilities of the artists ranged widely, from sophisticated and urbane to really ‘out there’ quirky,” Ms. Lumpkin said. “Some of the quirkiest were just too good to pass up. So, the exhibition will be a kind of broad-based showcase." Juror Lumpkin adds, “There you are a REAL art museum out in the wilderness where anything can happen. Even though the population is relatively small, there’s very little social cohesion. Taos is not like some small Renaissance town in Italy where everyone goes to the same cathedral and eats the same spaghetti. It’s more of a ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ sort of place, where maybe the only thing that connects one resident to another is that they saw a light and were drawn there. This kind of juried exhibition provides the opportunity to better know some of your scattered neighbors—to learn more about all those loners, hippies, socialites, cowpokes, scientists, and retired generals living at the end of some dirt road, some of whom are developing as artists, and a couple of whom might actually be waiting for that space ship. Think of the Harwood as the big rock butte that draws all those disparate types of people to one spot. There’s no resisting it!"
Harwood Museum of Art Curatorial Manager Jina Brenneman believes viewers will be impressed with the work. “We received so many high-quality submissions,” she says. "There’s a wealth of talent in this region and the work reflects a thrilling contemporary viewpoint.”