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One venue the pandemic has been unable to dim is the Harwood Museum of Art: Even when you cannot visit in person, executive director Juniper Leherissey Manley and staff have continued to curate first-rate exhibitions that shine like beacons in these difficult times.
Summer 2021 will be no exception. In addition to extending its popular juried exhibit of local talent -– Contemporary Art/Taos 2020 – the Harwood welcomes summer season with two new shows – one, a journey into an ephemeral, atmospheric otherworld; the other – solidly, down-home Northern New Mexico.
'While I was pregnant, my husband (artist Joshua Hagler) and I watched our cat, Judith, chase the light from window to window, following that warm spot around to lay down in it," Maja Ruznic recalled. "I said to Josh, 'Oh, look, she's in the sliver of the sun.' And then I realized that was exactly what I needed, also."
In 2003 the Harwood Museum of Art issued its first call for submissions to contemporary artists who were living and working in Taos.
Known as the home to some of the region's most important works - consequential Native American and Hispanic artists, the Taos Society of Artists and Taos Moderns - the Harwood's spotlight upon up-and-comers breathed new life into the art colony.
Flash forward to late last year when, for only the second instance in its history, the Harwood once again issued the same call.
The Harwood Museum of Art has hired Nicole Dial-Kay as the new curator of exhibitions and collections for the museum. She was selected from more than 50 candidates who were evaluated on criteria ranging from knowledge of art history and museum practices to their ability to work within a community.