March 31, 2020 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Saturday, June 6 - Sunday, October 18, 2020


Gallery: Mandelman-Ribak Gallery

CA/T 2020 - Contemporary Art Taos 2020 is a juried exhibition to bring to light the unknown (and known) talent of artists living and working in this region or with deep roots in Northern New Mexico. Taos has long been known as a place where artists source creative inspiration and hunker down in their studios building bodies of work that may never be shown in Taos, even if displayed in New York, L.A. London or beyond. This exhibition gives Taos artists the opportunity to have curators and art experts from outside of New Mexico review their work. Those selected on a mix of creative expression, technical skill and innovation, will be included in a museum exhibition this summer. A selected from this group will be invited to have a future solo exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art. As Taos launches into the next decade, Contemporary Art / Taos 2020 will serve as a litmus test of the living Taos Art Colony.


In 2003 / 2004, a juried exhibition by the same name graced the walls of the Harwood Museum and included such artists as Tony Abeyta, Kevin Cannon, Zoe Zimmerman, Anita Rodriguez, Ron Davis, Patti Day, Mical Aloni, Gendron Jensen, Jan Sessler, Valerie Nielsen, Claire Libin, Peter Opheim, Johnnie Winona Ross, and Suzanne Wiggin.

This earlier exhibition included 167 applicants with a preliminary jury comprised of gallerists Linda Durham, James Kelly, and Geoffrey Gorman. They selected 24 finalists for studio tours with Douglas Dreishpoon who selected 14 for the exhibition, plus invited Larry Bell, Agnes Martin and Ken Price. The 10 artists not included in the Harwood exhibition were exhibited at the local All Points Gallery (these included Kristin Bortles, Megan Bowers, Alex Chavez, Gretchen Ewert, H. Warren Kelly, Annell Livingston, Benjamin Meisner, Mary Moegneburg, Cody Riddle, and Ellen Shade.)


It is long overdue that the Harwood Museum recognize the talent that lies in Taos. Today with the expanded galleries of the Harwood Museum of Art and the new influx of artists to Taos, the museum can share more of the inspired talent that is the fabric of this creative place.

The juried exhibition is open to any artist living and working in Taos County as well as to those who may have moved away but have deep roots in the area. All entries will be submitted digitally by midnight on March 1st and artists will be notified of decision in mid-April. Each artist will have the opportunity to submit 3 works of art (6 images total) created in the past three years as well as a Biography and CV. Jury will consist of Harwood Museum of Art’s new Curator, Nicole Dial-Kay and two invited curators from outside of the state of New Mexico, Douglas Dreishpoon and Dakota Hoska.

Douglas Dreishpoon - Art historian, curator, and critic, Douglas Dreishpoon is Director of Catalogue Raisonné at the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in New York City and Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. His essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Art in America, Art Journal, Art News, Archives of American Art Journal, Sculpture, and The Brooklyn Rail. Recent exhibitions, with publications, include Imperfections by Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954-1966, Giving up Your Mark: Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s, and Nothing and Everything: Seven Artists, 1947-1962. He is currently editing an anthology of sculptors’ writings, What is Modern Sculpture?, for the Documents of Twentieth-Century Art series, to be published by the University of California Press. Consulting Editor at The Brooklyn Rail, Dreishpoon holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dakota Hoska - Dakota Hoska, is an enrolled member of the Oglála Lakȟóta Nation located on Pine Ridge reservation. She is currently the Assistant Curator of Native Arts for the Denver Art Museum. Previously, she worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Minneapolis Institute of Art supporting the exhibition "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists." Dakota completed her MA in Art History, focusing on Native American Art History at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2019), completed two years of Dakhóta language classes at the University of Minnesota (2016), and received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2012).

Nicole Dial-Kay - Dial-Kay is the Harwood's Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. She was formerly the senior director of arts and programming at Breckenridge Creative Arts. There she managed exhibitions, festivals, special events, public art initiatives and place-making projects. She also has experience working with the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, CU Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum and Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. She also held multiple roles in the Saint Louis contemporary art world. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Missouri and Southern Illinois University.

All judging is being done based on the criteria highlighted in the Call to Artists:

• Demonstrated dedication to their studio practice
• Demonstrated success with their art career as shown by CV
• Commitment to artwork as demonstrated through CV and Artist Bio
• Aesthetics
• Artistic skill in technique or medium
• Strength of concept behind works
• Strength in relevance of work
• Innovation