N4th Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm, during N4th Theater performances, and by appointment.
The N4th Gallery is located at 4904 Fourth Street NW. Call (505) 345-2140 for information
About Face: Portraits of N4th
October 3, 2016 – January 2, 2017
This exhibition documents the many faces that make up the North Fourth Art Center as working VSA Artists and Artist-Teachers take on the concept of identity through the exploration of artistic portraiture.
Invited 4 @ N4th: Line/Shape/Color/Form
Four artists in the field of non-representational and abstract art
July 1 – September 18, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 5-6:30pm
Invited 4 @ N4th: Line/Shape/Color/Form highlights the talents and artistic strengths of four New Mexico artists who have forged their own vocabulary/vein of non-representational and abstract art. The exhibit is organized in four parts, represented by the work of each artist, to encapsulate key elements of art: line, shape, color and form.
Reyes Padilla - My work is created by actively painting what I see while listening to music.
Emily Van Cleve - My work is about relationships, from the intimate, to the spiritual, to the global and beyond.
Catherine Lynch – I work with available materials while processing an internal dialogue with an eye on the world.
Sarah Sadler - My clay work is all about trying to capture the forms and shapes I see in the human body.
Emergence: a New Generation of Artists
Artwork by high school students from the Albuquerque community
April 18 – June 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 5-6:30pm
A curated exhibition of artwork by high school students from the Albuquerque community offers a look at emerging work of a new generation of artists and a platform for professional artistic experience. N4th Gallery provides artistic and exhibition opportunities for under-represented groups in a creative and inclusive art center setting.
Exhibiting Artists include: Xena Gurule, Aileen Manese, Arthur Modine, Shundin Nakai, Dominique Reano, Christina Salichanh, Luis Sanchez-Martinez.
artwork by visual arts teachers of North Fourth Art Center
January 22 – March 20, 2016
Exhibition of artwork created by visual arts teachers working at the North Fourth Art Center provides a glimpse into the artistry and working methods of a number of the talented instructors who form the backbone of an organization that has served Albuquerque’s arts and disability community for over 30 years.
November 20, 2015 – January 4, 2016
This exhibition was curated by Tamarind Institute and features a series of original lithographs created by VSA Artists in a collaborative project of VSA North Fourth Art Center and the internationally renowned Tamarind Institute.
Printervention took place during two weeks in May 2015, and involved designs by ten VSA artists (Leon Baca, Stephanie Barbour, Jamy Cantrell, Christina Caraveo, Jesse Cruz, James Kreitinger Esteban Lujan, Mariah Maestas, Jessica Pinto and Adam Smith), assisted by seven students from the Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program, who then processed and printed the lithography plates at Tamarind.
Each of the 10 plates included four designs, printed in an edition of 25 impressions. The resulting one thousand lithographs were brought back to VSA/ North Fourth Art Center and all the Day Arts and Exploratory Arts classes participated in hand coloring them.
The collaboration culminated in two community interventions, which were held at the Robinson Park Growers Market on May 16, and July 25, 2015. These “Printerventions” involved disseminating free original lithographs to passersby with information about VSA and Tamarind and were very successful in engaging public interest and raising awareness about the two long standing Albuquerque arts organizations.
GROWTH: the installation
September 18 – November 9, 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015
5pm - 6:30pm
GROWTH is choreographed movement and dance captured through paint and video. This installation includes the large-scale artwork and costumes used by Exploratory Artists in the creation of the work and a video of the performances.
As the performance unfolded, the white costumes were spattered with paint and the dancers became one with the canvas, intertwining and uniting performer and setting.
Craft in Albuquerque
Bridging Beauty and Function
July 29 – September 7, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
5pm - 6:30pm
A selection of work created in Albuquerque bridging the gap between beauty and function. The work as a whole highlights a broad array of skills, choices of materials, and workmanship that satisfies an interest in visual aesthetics yet exhibits a defined purpose as product. The work includes both traditional and contemporary styles and a range of work crafted in clay, metalwork, fiber, wood and basketry.
Exhibiting artisans include Chase Ankeny, Fred Farahmand, Daniel Forest, Victoria MacQueen and Brianna Rickson.
Artwork by NM Veterans
On view through July 6, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
5pm – 7pm
A selection of artwork by New Mexico veterans in a range of media attests to their talents as artists and affirms the importance of art as a healing antidote to the challenges faced by people who have served in the military.
Featured Artists: Michael Austin, Denham Clements, Jennifer Dehorty, Kay Elmore, Ernesto Flores, Eric Martinez, Michael Naranjo, Thomas Popp, Mike Tafoya and David Wimsatt
INTROSPECT is the fifth of six exhibits, events and performances at North Fourth Art Center that are all part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a citywide collaboration taking place from January through June 2015.
Down the Line
Exhibition of sculpture and early drawings by renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo
March 23 – May 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 5-7pm
Michael has been involved with VSA arts of New Mexico/ North Fourth Art Center since its beginnings in New Mexico in 1981. A Native American who is blind as well as a veteran, Naranjo hopes the viewer will see how his work has changed in this retrospective of his experiences from the outside in. Opening reception in conjunction with ARTSCrawl.
Down the Line is the fourth of six exhibits, events and performances taking place at North Fourth Art Center that are all part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a citywide collaboration taking place from January through June 2015.
Part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design
January 16 – March 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 5-7pm
Everyone, including students, teachers and administrators from North Fourth Art Center, is anonymously represented until purchase by over 200 works in 8x8 square-inch format—demonstrating the unique abilities of Everyone.
Everyone Creates is the first of six exhibits, events and performances taking place at North Fourth Art Center that are all part of On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a citywide collaboration taking place from January through June 2015.
Paper, Cloth and Clay
Highlighting Individual and Group Work by N4th Artists
November 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 5-7pm
Media is the message for this exhibition of artwork made by N4th Artists in paper, cloth and clay. Exhibit includes pieces pulled from portfolio archives to more recent works from North Fourth Art Center studios.
artwork by artist-teachers, administrative staff and volunteers of North Fourth Art Center
September 26 – November 10, 2014
in•struct provides a glimpse into the artistic inspirations and working methods of the talented people who form the backbone of an organization that has served Albuquerque’s arts and disability community for over 30 years. The exhibition is an artful mix of 2D and 3D work in a surprisingly wide range of media— from the fabric art forms of an “interactive” sculpture, an embroidered “painting” and a woven wall hanging, to prints produced using woodcut, monotype and intaglio techniques. The exhibit also includes oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, photography and works in ceramics, colored pencil and mixed media. in•struct was curated by Jessica Pinto and Phillip With, students in VSA's Exploratory Arts and Day Arts programs.
Once Native Lands
Native Arts, Native Landscapes: Photographs in three digital collections
Exhibit runs through November 2012
Albuquerque photographer/ writer/ musician Richard Malcolm has been photographing the American West since the 1970s, and selected North Fourth Art Center events since 2008. He offers a retrospective via three digital slideshows in the N4th Gallery, featuring images from selected Two Worlds performances at N4th Theater. The photographs juxtapose Native Arts with landscapes that appear untouched, as well as some that bear the imprint of human presence—Native or otherwise.
Open to the public during events in N4th Theater and by appointment.
Retrospectively Fourth Street:
Moments in Motion from the North Fourth Dance Experience / 2008 - 2012
Photographs of 21st-Century Dance from Africa, Eurasia and the Americas
Exhibit runs through October 2012
The dancer is the window. The Dancer is the view. The dancer tells a story deep as you.
Albuquerque photographer/ writer/ musician Richard Malcolm has been photographing selected North Fourth Art Center events since 2008, with emphasis on Global DanceFest and Wild Dancing West. He offers a retrospective of that work via three digital slideshows in the N4th Gallery. The images represent 26 dance performances and at least 16 countries, in addition to many tribal nations and affiliations. Three venues provide the settings, including South Broadway Cultural Center and 516 ARTS as well as N4th Theater, where most of the events were held.
Open to the public during events in N4th Theater and by appointment. Info: 505-344-4542
Exhibit runs June 3 – July 3, 2011
VSA AmeriCorps program offers a transition that allows members to use their talents in socially productive ways before moving onto their careers. While this year of service is temporary, VSA AmeriCorps provides the freedom to create and innovate.
Transitions include works by all nineteen VSA AmeriCorps members, revealing both their physical and personal migrations. Ten of these members have transplanted from the following states- CA, CT, IL, IN, MI, NC, NJ, and OH. As a group, they currently live and work in New Mexico, an important stepping stone in their careers as artists. Multimedia works on exhibit are by artists Lindsey Brenner, Sonya Briones-Parks, Susanna Derby, Jonathan Parks, Caitlin Schrage, Maggie Simon, Anna Whitacre, Drew Blanton, Grace Chacon, Rosie Leaks, Phillip Longley, Lydia Peterson and Stephanie Trujillo.
Exhibit runs April 25 – July 3, 2011
VSA Day Artists were inspired to enter quilts in the By George! Quilt Exhibition from February 4 – February 28, 2011 in the Branigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces. The President’s Challenge theme was for quilters to incorporate the use of George Mendoza’s fabrics. Eight quilts were entered, six of which are on display in N4th Gallery. Exhibiting quilters include Maya Anaya, Cari-Lynn Carlston, Christina Caraveo, Michelle Eckles, Lena Han and Rosie Leaks. Two additional quilts have been selected to tour nationally and include one by Phyllis Herrera and another by Linda Plageman, which was completed by her teachers and dedicated to her memory
N4th Gallery hosted Mendoza’s paintings and quilt fabric in the exhibit George Mendoza: Wise Tree Collection from March - April 2010. Mr. Mendoza, now a Las Cruces resident, was a promising high-school athlete when a degenerative eye disorder caused legal blindness. Mr. Mendoza’s talents remained intact as he became a world-class runner, a motivational speaker and a full time artist. His colorful art has become a 100-percent cotton fabric collection that debuted at the International Quilt market in October 2009.
Radically New Art
VSA Biannual Art Exhibition
Exhibit runs December 3, 2010 – Mar 27, 2011
Opening reception: Friday, December 3, 2010 5:00-7:00pm
Twenty-one artists were selected from the VSA Day Arts program for the Winter Biannual exhibition, Radically New Art. The selected artists show a freedom of expression and a defining style in their work. Most of the artists are pleased to be exhibiting for the first time. Other artists have been attending VSA for some time and have exciting new pieces to exhibit. Each artist will be displaying two pieces of work. The imagery includes astounding abstracts, delightful landscapes and stunningly surreal interpretations of the artists’ world. All of these artists have developed their own unique style and are very proud to be presenting their Radically New Art!
works by the Barrett Foundation Art Group
Exhibit runs November 5-29, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, November 5, 2010, 5:00-7:00pm
Drawn Together is an exhibition of work by the participants of the Barrett Foundation Art Group. Barrett Foundation has provided services to homeless women and children through multiple programs for the last twenty-five years. Art therapy has been a component of ongoing services since the Art Group began in 1997 at Casa Milagro as part of the transitional housing program for woman over forty. The group has met weekly for the past thirteen years, and new participants join with long term members to offer a unique version of peer support. Art making has offered its members a way to see their world differently.
Artists in the group are Marilyn Baer, Shirley Carpenter, Deb Conway, Sabrina Fraser, Cody Grainger, Ellen Jenson, Rose Rocque and Lidya Zamora. The mixed media works range from glass to pastels and the subjects range from whimsical animals to realistic landscapes. All works are available for sale and proceeds go directly to the artists. For information on the works for sale please contact Sue Hermes, Art Therapist/Curator for VSA NM, 505-345-2872 ext. 12
For more information on the Barrett Foundation please visit www.barrettfoundation.org
International Collaborative Postcard Project and Statewide Call for Postcard Submissions
Exhibit runs October 1- October 31, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 2010, 5:00-7:00pm
In 2009, VSA (national office in Washington, DC) invited artists from around the world to paint, draw, or collage the meanings, impressions and images associated with the word “disability.” What is Disability is a dramatic display of many of the hundreds of postcards received. The exhibition is an exploration of disability from multiple points of view—cultural, geographic, personal—displayed as works of individual expression. The exhibition opened in June 2010, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in conjunction with the 2010 International VSA Festival.
New Mexico Disability Postcard Project
In honor of National Disability Awareness Month, and in conjunction with a show curated from the international exhibition, VSA New Mexico is generating a statewide call for submission from people with and without disabilities to participate in the postcard project. For the cost of a stamp, anyone in New Mexico can be included in this project by: 1) downloading a postcard template from the VSA NM website (www.vsartsnm.org/gallery) to print on card stock as a surface for artwork related to the theme of disability and with or without text; 2) then mailing it to: c/o VSA N4th Gallery, 4904 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Download Postcard template as a pdf (click to download) or a jpg (click to view & print)
Submission Deadline for the NM Postcard Project is Friday, October 15, 2010
For information call 505- 345-2872 ext 25 or email email@example.com
Special thanks to Demand Printing Solutions and VSA arts
Photographs by students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA)
Exhibit runs August 6 – September 19, 2010
Reception to meet the Artists: Friday, August 6, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm
Students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA) teamed with VSA AmeriCorps volunteers and created a series of photographs for a third year of collaboration. VSA AmeriCorps volunteers Stephanie Graner and Dusty Conley spent five months teaching drawing, graffiti, and photography techniques to middle school-aged students at NACA. The photographs selected for the exhibition focus on the dramas of being in middle school. The three series are riddled with playful images, some staged and others candid. The portrait series plays with the idea of “War Paint,” using projected drawings as a light source, the result being a suite of stunning, color-splashed images. The next series portrays the landscape and physical space of NACA while also exposing the playful and/or moody nature of teenagers. The third series displays masculinity and proving one’s manliness during the developmental years. These colorful and vibrant photographs, taken by students, offer an intimate glimpse into the daily life at NACA.
Telling of Tales: five artists
Exhibit runs June 18 – July 31, 2010
Reception to meet the Artists: Friday, June 18, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm
Featured Artists: Casey Ferguson, Doreen Navarette, Ian Donaldson, Orlando Najar and Ralph Gonzales
The Spring 2010 Day Arts Biannual group show presents small bodies of work by five VSA Day Arts artists whose work explores a range of images rich in character, color and environment.
Ian Donaldson paints a peopled world of color and shapes in fluid motion. Casey Ferguson presents scuba divers, hula dancers and musical fish in fantastical settings. Orlando Najar's portraits reflect his favorite interests—superheroes and wrestlers. Ralph Gonzales makes deeply layered compositions of environments of movement and color. And Doreen Navarette shows a wonderful series of vigorously painted images in her first exhibit of work created at VSA arts of New Mexico.
The work is mesmerizing in its diversity and intensity. There is something here for everyone to explore.
What I do in the Morning
Exhibit runs April 30 – June 13, 2010
Reception to meet the Artists: Friday, May 7, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm
What I do in the Morning, an open call for artists attracted many responses from the local Albuquerque area community. The work ranges from a multimedia triptych made of beeswax on paper and ink to a wooden sculpture shaped as disposable razor. Other works include acrylic and oil paintings, photography, a tea bag tapestry, monoprint on a pillow case, pencil drawings among others.
The forty artists selected for this exhibition are: Jacqueline Anderson, Maria Appelzoller, Stephanie Barbour, Roger Boulay, Nate Boyer, Sonya Briones-Parks, Katie Carillo, Grace Chacon, TJ Clary, Karen Davisson, Leonard Griego, Samantha Griego, Kathleen Hawkes, Stacy Hawkinson, Paula James, Shirley Jungbluth, Jillian Longheier, John Lowe, Esteban Lujan, Tami Lynn, Sammy Maldanado, Georgia Moya, Jude Pacheco, Allyson Packer, Diana Philips, Kasandra Rael, David Riley, Zoe Riley, Augustine Romero, Derek Roberts, James Santillanes, Maggie Simon, Adam Smith, Jill Sona, Sal Tarin, Laura Trafton, Stephanie Trujillo, Chris Velasquez, Matt White, and Philip With. N4th Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
George Mendoza: Wise Tree Collection
N4th Gallery, 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Exhibit runs March 19 – April 25, 2010
Reception to meet the Artist: Friday, April 2, 2010, 5:00 -7:00 pm
Musical entertainment, live fashion models and refreshments
N4th Gallery welcomes internationally renowned, visually impaired artist George Mendoza to Albuquerque. George Mendoza: Wise Tree Collection is a vibrant exhibition of ten paintings and the fabrics and quilts inspired by the artist’s work. George Mendoza was a promising high school athlete when macular degeneration, a retinal disorder that leaves distortions in the central vision, made him legally blind. Mendoza used his disability to fuel a passion for athletics and painting, becoming an exhibitor in galleries around the country. In 2009 Mendoza went international when his work was licensed by Westminster Fibers Inc. in Charlotte, NC, to create a colorful 100 percent cotton fabric collection which made its debut at the International Quilt Market.
Henry Kennison: Starting Over
N4th Gallery, 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Exhibit runs February 5 – March 14, 2010
Reception to meet the Artist: Friday, February 5, 2010, 5:00 -7:00 pm
Special Guests: Albuquerque star vocalist Cathryn McGill will perform, along with slam poet Hakim Bellamy
In celebration of Black History Month, N4th Gallery proudly presents the exhibit Henry Kennison: Starting Over. Kennison is a native of New Orleans who survived eight long days with his neighbors in the toxic flood waters from Hurricane Katrina and like so many survivors, lost everything on that traumatic first day. Following his rescue and much confusion Kennison was sent to Albuquerque. Since his arrival in September of 2006, he has been continually denied assistance from FEMA. Despite all of these setbacks, Henry continues to persevere and create artwork. Starting Over is the story of Katrina, of one man’s surviving creative spirit and of people helping people.
N4th Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
Two VSA Day Arts Exhibits
N4th Gallery, 4904 Fourth NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Exhibit runs November 20, 2009 – January 24, 2010
Featuring work by eight emerging artists in the VSA Day Arts Program. The artists – Maya Anaya, Sammy Maldonado, Mary Margaret Martinez, Cosima Martinson, Rusty McBride, Harriet Morse, James Sobczak, Rudy Via – each present three pieces in a range of media and subject matter. The exhibit also includes quilts from the Day Arts fabric arts class. N4th Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
The Petting Zoo, 1407 Fourth St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Exhibit runs through November 27, 2009
A week-long complementary exhibit to Fresh Faces, showcases new work by eighteen VSA Day Arts artists. The Petting Zoo hours: Saturdays, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment (505) 228-6562
Journeys and Places I and II
Opening Reception: October 23, 2009 6-8PM
Journeys and Places I:
Tamarind Institute Presents the trickster
A suite of lithographs by four artists from the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa and four artists from the pueblos of New Mexico presents a colorful and varied interpretation of the idea of the roguish trickster, referencing a transformation process through the candor of the storytelling tradition. This cultural exchange brought artists together to share stories and make prints about the popular folkloric figure of the trickster. The project began with the participants sharing stories while traveling to New Mexico sites and returning to the Tamarind to work in collaboration with the institute’s master printers. This visual journey coincides with the Global DanceFest JourneysAFRICA.
Journeys and Places II:
Lieux et Voyages, Photographs by Aida Tawil
A photographic series by Parisian photo journalist Aida Tawil documenting the color of Mozambique with its colonial history and current laid-back pace. As a photojournalist, Ms. Tawil travels to distant places, speaks the local languages, and documents daily challenges. Presented are three series of images: Crossing the Zambezi, Pangane, and Ilha de Moçambique. The focus of the first series is the Zambezi River, which runs 3,540 Km and empties into the Indian Ocean. The second series documents the fishermen village of Pangane, a remote village at the Northern edge of the country on the Indian Ocean. Ilha de Moçambique, the old capital, is the subject of the third series of photographs. Global DanceFest JourneysAFRICA is proud to host the first U.S. exhibit by Aida Tawil, a visual journey complimenting the dance performers from Maputo, Mozambique, at North Fourth Art Center.
Runs October 23 – November 15, 2009
Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
Two Worlds, Many Views
an exhibit of photographs by Native Americans
Runs September 18 – October 10, 2009
Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
Working with gels, prisms and their imaginations, sixth- and seventh-grade students at the Native American Community Academy (NACA) teamed with VSA AmeriCorps volunteers to produce images on slides, which were projected onto textured surfaces. The results, photographed by the students, make up the experimental images that are part of the Two Worlds, Many Views exhibit. Indios Primeros screenwriter Roberto A. Jackson adds photographs of the harsh but beautiful landscape of the Gila Indian River Community in Arizona. For Jackson, who has a bachelor of fine arts in photography from Arizona State University, these views “explore how my tribe’s relation to the land has changed in the years since the river was taken from us.” The exhibit also includes emotionally powerful photographs by two Native youth in the Fresh Eyes Photography Project for incarcerated youth.
COMING BACK AROUND:
Work by VSA Day Arts Program
Works on paper by adults with disabilities in the VSA Day Arts Program Exhibit Runs June 5-28, 2009
N4th Gallery/ 4904 Fourth Street NW
Gallery hours: During N4th Theater performances, North Fourth Art Center events & by appointment (505-344-4542)
These artists turn ordinary moments into memorable works of art created in acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, prismacolor, mixed media and watercolor. The exhibit includes works by: Cindy Brannan, Carlan Gettman, Ralph Gonzales, Raymond Grossetete, Angelica Harrison, Paula James, John Lowe, Gloria Martinez, Georgia Moya, Robert Rivers, Marisa Sanchez, Joe Sandoval, Ken Sharpton, Adam Smith, Roger Torres, Duane Trujillo, Jaime Vigil, Derrick Wanoskia
MOVING IN FROM THE MARGINS: Works by VSA Exploratory Arts Program
Lyrical abstract works on paper by adults with disabilities in the VSA Exploratory Arts Program
Exhibit Runs May 1- May 30
Opening reception Friday, May 1, 5pm - 7pm
N4th Gallery/ 4904 Fourth Street NW
VSA’s Exploratory Arts Program offers a variety of art classes and activities that are designed to assist artists in the exploration of their own creative expression. Many of the artists who attend the Exploratory Arts Program have previously been excluded from opportunities to be involved in the arts. Art is a language that can be understood when all other communication may seem impossible.
Obsession: Contemporary Relics
Second Annual Juried UNM Art Exhibit
Exhibit Runs April 3 – April 26
Relics and artifacts are remnants of the past and through careful study, disclose their connection to the people, the places, and time in which they lived. An artifact, both timeless and mysterious, creates a sense of sacredness. These pieces illustrate human experiences that have been lost. Archaeologists and anthropologists piece them together.
Imagine an archaeologist or anthropologist 100 years in the future attempting to understand our contemporary times. What artifacts would they find? How would they assemble our fleeting experience?
This exhibit focuses on these so-called contemporary relics and the obsessive nature of the artists who produce them. And what makes their nature obsessive? It is their intense curiosity, their methodical thinking, and their discoveries. Through the creative process, artists not only create cultural relics, but become contemporary anthropologists.
Global DanceFest Featured Exhibit
Norway: Through a Southwestern Lens
By Joseph Lujan
Friday, February 27, 6-8pm
Exhibit Runs February 27 – March 29
Joseph Lujan moved to Norway in 2003, living with his Norwegian wife and son in the Oslo area for three years while photographing the Nordic landscape and urban streets with an outsider’s curiosity. An Albuquerque native, Lujan worked as a graphic designer for the City of Albuquerque for 25 years, often incorporating photography into his work. Gallery Hours: During N4th Theater performances and by appointment (505) 344-4542
Between the Lines: Paintings by Xuan Chen
January 16, 2009 - February 22, 2009
N4TH Gallery, 4904 4th NW
What a Pair: 40 Works by 20 Artists
December 5, 2008–January 16, 2009
Friday, December 5, 5–7pm
Artwork by 20 VSA artists featured in the 2008 winter biannual VSA Day Arts Program visual arts exhibition, showcasing a wide range of individual styles in multiple media and all one-of-a-kind.
Third Annual Out Of the Ordinary, Featuring Photography Exhibit
CHANGE – A Journey to Inclusion: From Institutional to Community Living in Bulgaria
October 31– November 26, 2008
Friday, October 31, 6–8pm
The work of Austrian photographer Ulrich Eigner has taken him to Asia, the Americas and Eastern Europe, documenting the work of governments and nongovernmental organizations in the social field. The photographs of this show, curated by Jason Reed and published in the book, Change: A Journey to Inclusion, vividly exemplify what can be done to release the human spirit when governments and civil society commit to the simple yet profound idea of equal dignity for all human beings.
The time is long overdue to permanently remove large institutions from the residential options offered to persons with intellectual disabilities. Clearly, persons with intellectual disabilities have rejected any role for institutions in their lives and instead are demanding that they have the right to choose to live in the community.”
—Ingrid Körner, President of Inclusion Europe
Bomb The Canvas 3
October 3–26, 2008
Friday, October 3, 6–8pm
Graffiti artists from the Southwest seeking legitimate avenues for their work convene for a third annual exhibit in N4th Gallery. The show features guest artists from New Mexico, Arizona and California exhibiting graffiti style work through canvas, sculpture and live demonstration as part of a weekend of events in conjunction with Youth Development Incorporated and Bomb The Canvas, Inc.
In de/construct two local artists explore the potential of creation through assemblage and the seductiveness of destruction through subtle, poetic imagery. Cynthia Brinich-Langlois's colorful lithographs suggest a sense of calm-before-the-storm while Erin Lynn Forrest's assemblages meditate on acts of tearing, marking and mending.
Photographs by Native American Youth
August 8 – 31, 2008
Fri, Aug 8, 6-8pm
N4th Gallery, 4904 4th NW
Two Worlds exhibit addresses the personal, familial and cultural lives of Native American youth who live in and around Albuquerque, NM. The photographs were taken by eleven youth over a five-month period of their lives as 8th grade students at the Native American Community Academy, an outreach site of VSA AmeriCorps. The exhibition offers an unprecedented look at the “two worlds” in which these youth live as they grow up both Native and American, in the city and on the reservation, with modern and traditional sensibilities. The exhibit runs through August 31. Gallery hours are during Two Worlds festival events and N4th Theater performances or by appointment (344-4542).
Getting Things Done: 2008 VSA AmeriCorps Exhibition
July 3 – August 8, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 5pm – 8pm
The AmeriCorps motto, “Getting Things Done,” is also the title of an exhibit marking the culmination of a year of service by VSA AmeriCorps members. Like the VSA AmeriCorps program, Getting Things Done brings together a group of people from various arts backgrounds, all of whom share a common objective to contribute their knowledge and abilities in the arts as teachers and mentors in the Albuquerque community. The exhibit represents a wide spectrum of media, including photography, video, sculpture, painting and quilting. The exhibit runs through August 8m, 2008. The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Thursday, July 5, 2008, 5pm – 8pm. The exhibit runs through August 8, 2008. For the opening reception VSA AmeriCorps performing artists will present works of Music and dance with live video mixing at 6:30 pm in N4th Theater.
Campo Expandido XVIII
Site Specific Artwork Intervention
The project is sponsored through capital outlay funds by Senator Dede Feldman and supported by the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program. For more information call Bethany Collins, Working Classroom Public Art Coordinator, 242-9267
N4th Gallery rotates shows monthly that often pertain to the populations served by VSA North Fourth Art Center. While this is a valid approach to exhibit artwork by often underrepresented groups, it can take away from the individual artist’s personal intention of their work. For the month of June, N4th Gallery seeks to avoid distraction and rediscover the joys of artistic expression. By uniting all different kinds of art through seemingly arbitrary objects (a tin can and a banana), this show hopes to bring the focus back to the art itself. The walls will be covered with work by painters, sculptors and photographers; children, youth and seniors; amateurs and masters; artists with and without disabilities.
The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Thursday, June 5, 2008, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The exhibit runs through June 29, 2008.
In conjunction with the Tin Can Banana exhibit and in collaboration with the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, VSA North Fourth Art Center will be holding a month long food drive beginning May 14, and culminating at the Tin Can Banana opening reception on June 5.Those attending the opening reception are encouraged to bring 3 cans of food to benefit local and statewide neighbors in need. Participating drop off locations include VSA North Fourth Art Center, AmberCare Hospice and City of Albuquerque Community Centers (Alamosa, Cesar Chavez, Holiday Park, Loma Linda, McKinley, Mesa Verde, Snow Park, Westgate, West Mesa and Whittier).
The Spring 2008 VSA biannual exhibit features works by 36 selected artists from the VSA Day Arts Program. Work chosen for Sowing Seeds is all about new beginnings as many of the artists have not shown work professionally. Landscapes, still lives, animals, portraits, abstracts, drawings, works in acrylic, pastel, pencil, watercolor, photographs and quilts will grace the walls N4th Gallery. A special event, Sowing Seeds Arts and Crafts Festival, will coincide with the exhibition on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00am-2:00pm, at VSA North Fourth Art Center. Proceeds directly benefit the artists.
The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Friday, May 2, 2008, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The exhibit runs through June 1, 2008.
N4th Gallery is hosting an exhibition of work by UNM art students, recognizing the excellence in student work that comes from innovation and experimentation. into this waterless land features artwork in a range of media by nine UNM art students, both undergraduate and graduate.
Exhibiting artists include: Christopher Bratton, Katy Cannon, Karen Cleveland, Alicia Guzman, Ben Johnsen, Joey Trisolini, Jessica Kennedy, Colleen Massari, Shannon Tebay.
The exhibit runs through April 27, 2008.
March 14 – 30, 2008
Opening Reception Friday, March 14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Born in France, Antoine Tempé moved to New York City in 1983. In the early ‘90s, following his initial success documenting the New York night life for European magazines, Antoine started photographing his dancer friends in his studio. He soon began working with various New York based dance companies both on commercial and personal projects, with his photographs appearing in American publications. In 2000 Antoine embarked on a one-year photographic journey through West Africa and Madagascar. From this trip he brought back two different bodies of work currently exhibited under the titles Dancers of Africa and African Journey.
Since then, Antoine has been splitting his time between Paris, West Africa, Brazil and New York, developing personal projects while working on assignment for dance festivals and teaching photography workshops.
Among other publications, Antoine’s work has been featured in American Photo, Dance Magazine, Danser, Elle Décoration, French PHOTO, Le Monde, Le Monde 2, Libération, Marie-Claire España, The New York Times, Paris-Match and The Village Voice.
For more information visit www.antoinetempe.com
February 1 – 29, 2008
Opening Reception Friday, February 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
An eclectic exhibition, With Care features artwork by eleven caregivers from the local Albuquerque community. Each artist comes to this show with a unique and personal experience as a caregiver. From a high school art teacher to a therapist to a mother, each has made the conscious choice to devote their lives to the well being of others. For some, art may be their calling and passion and for others an expressive release, but regardless we see their insightful perspective on life and the world as invaluable and look forward to celebrating their efforts by sharing their artistic vision with the collective community.
December 7 – January 27, 2008
Opening reception Friday, December 7, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Colorful, dramatic and thought-provoking abstract images are featured in the winter biannual 2007 VSA Day Arts exhibit at N4th Gallery. Clearly Abstract includes multi-media work by forty-three artists in the Day Arts Program. The exhibit showcases work by adults with disabilities in two and three dimensional wall pieces by VSA’s better-known abstract artists as well as many emerging artists showing their work for the first time.