GREEN Inaugural Exhibition

GREEN, the inaugural exhibition of 516 ARTS, featured a cross section of artists who make New Mexico their home, with internationally known as well as up-and-coming artists working in a variety of visual media from painting, sculpture and fine craft to photography and digital arts. The exhibition celebrated the regeneration of the arts at 516 ARTS, New Mexico's premier independent museum-style gallery, and reached out to a broad mix of artists and audiences, young and old, traditional and contemporary.

GREEN pulled from the past and looked to the future, giving an expansive view of the state of art in New Mexico today. The wide range of artists spanned from Acoma potter Mary Lewis Garcia, who is working today in a tradition that has existed for thousands of years, to Santa Fe painter Grant Hayunga, whose abstracted contemporary paintings celebrate the vast sky of the New Mexico landscape with an untraditional approach, to internationally renowned Albuquerque photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, whose masterful black and white compositions honor life in the face of death and darkness, to Cerillos artist Bill Gilbert, whose digital map compositions chart a human's path through the landscape like constellations mirroring the heavens on earth. Each of the 23 artists in the exhibition expressed a powerful thread of the rich artistic life of New Mexico, reflecting our unique time and place in world culture.

The exhibition featured 56 pieces by 23 artists who come from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Acoma, Hondo, Cochiti and Apache Creek. The exhibition was curated by 516 staff, Suzanne Sbarge and Andrew John Cecil, and was accompanied by an exhibition catalog with an essay by author Sharyn Udall.

GREEN artists:

Larry Bell, Taos
Cynthia Cook, Albuquerque
Anne Cooper, Albuquerque
Tom Dixon, Santa Fe
Mary Lewis Garcia, Acoma Pueblo
Bill Gilbert, Cerillos
Douglas Kent Hall, Albuquerque
Frederick Hammersley, Albuquerque
Grant Hayunga, Santa Fe
Luis Jimenez, Hondo
Tom Joyce, Santa Fe
Orlando Leyba, Albuquerque
Jennifer Lynch, Taos
Beverley Magennis, Apache Creek
Iva Morris, Las Nutrias
Delilah Montoya, Albuquerque
Marc Ouellette, Albuquerque
Florence Pierce, Albuquerque
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Corrales
Diego Romero, Cochiti
Mary Tsiongas, Albuquerque
Joel-Peter Witkin, Albuquerque
Melissa Zink, Taos


image above: Vienna Eye Phantom by Joel-Peter Witkin