Southwest artists, but no Southwestern art

Media Credit: Courtesy of Albuquerque Museum
“Swoop” by Julia Barello, featured at the second annual Biennial Southwest exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum.

The second installment of Biennial Southwest at The Albuquerque Museum, features 83 works from artists in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Artists competed for cash awards totaling $10,500 in a variety of categories. Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Senior Curator and Curatorial Department Head for the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego is the juror for this year’s exhibition. She selected the work from 1,394 entries.

The exhibit is up through November 30, 2008

Other upcoming events include artist talks and demonstrations:


Barello’s interest in examining the body both culturally and metaphorically led her to experiment with medical imaging films as her primary material. She is currently Professor of Art at New Mexico State University and maintains an active career as an artist in both jewelry and mainstream contemporary art. Her works are exhibited both nationally and internationally including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, among others.


Rayroud is an accomplished papercutting artist and ceramist. Born of Swiss and British nationality, the art of papercutting was instilled in her as a child in her native Switzerland. Her works have been presented in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Switzerland, and Korea. She moved to Houston in 2000.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1• 10:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00-3:00 pm

Observe as Sweet demonstrates her Japanese style prints using a reductive method.
A painter most of her life, she began creating woodblock prints in 1993. Sweet graduated from
Standard University with a M.A. in art and moved to Tijeras, New Mexico in 1970. Since then, she has exhibited both her paintings and prints widely in both national and international venues. Sweet has been featured in a number of art publications including Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in America.

This demonstration is part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Day at The Albuquerque Museum, an international effort to make the visual arts accessible to those with sight loss.

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