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Art Faculty Member Chosen as Artist-in-Residence

July 8, 2015 -- In just a few short weeks, CNM Fine Arts full-time faculty member Lea Anderson will be sharing her creativity with not only her students, but also with visitors of the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History. She has been selected as the museum’s "2015 Summer Artist-in-Residence" and will create a colorful piece of installation art that will reside in the museum’s Grand Lobby for a year.
Art Faculty Member Chosen as Artist-in-Residence

Jul 17, 2015

“I was personally invited to create the art by Andrew Connors, the museum’s curator,” Anderson said. “He was familiar with my work from various exhibitions I’ve had around town, as well as nationally and internationally, and with the support of the museum, he invited me to create a brand-new, unique installation artwork.”

Anderson has worked as an art instructor at CNM teaching courses in Studio Art since 2008.

Each summer since 2011, one artist has been invited to serve as Artist-in-Residence and create artwork for the museum’s Grand Lobby. Anderson said she considered the vast space and decided to focus on the large wall of atrium windows. None of the previous artists have used the windows as a backdrop for their work.

Anderson will be onsite installing for 12 days between July 14-26 (except for Mondays when the museum is closed), and visitors are encouraged to come watch the process take place. The preliminary preparation has taken literally hundreds of hours.

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The artwork,  called MERIDIAE (pronounced Muh-rid-ee-ay, a word she invented meaning 'the plural of meridian') will be “a dramatic, colorful and monumental installation piece that will explore the concept of a work of art as a meridian or a portal, a place of multiple connections between the physical world and unseen cosmological entities,” Anderson said.

It began as a 24-inch by 24-inch manually created mixed-media drawing and was then translated digitally into thousands of individual shapes. The enlarged digital version was then printed out onto transparent plastic to become a 20-foot by 20-foot work, which is being cut by hand into the individual pieces. Each small piece is a miniature version of the large piece, similar to a fractal.  Anderson will be adhering the pieces -- one by one -- to the windows, creating a type of stained glass effect. Helping her with the installation will be intern Jesse Garcia, a former CNM art student who is currently at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

"I appreciate the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History greatly because they make a point to honor local artists, as well as national and international artists and show all kinds of art that is incredibly wide-ranging, beautiful and thought-provoking," Anderson said.