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Bio

Bio:

Helen Juliet Atkins is an interdisciplinary artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2016. Atkins is a 2018 recipient of the inaugural Women in Creativity “Shine” Awards, honoring creative women and their work in their community. She was a featured artist for Burque Noir’s 2018 “Making Africa” opening event at the Albuquerque Museum. Atkins was the inaugural Mentoring Artist in Residence for ArtStreet a Program of Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless from 2017-18. She is a co-founder of Plates Against Patriarchy, a community engagement visual arts and storytelling project that challenges patriarchal systems of power. Atkins currently serves on the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees.

 

Atkins works as an artist, teaching artist, curator, and arts organizer with diverse communities, focusing on the intersection of art and social justice. She collaborates with arts organizations like the Harwood Art Center and Artful Life for much of her community practice. While working on collaborative projects, she is also building a body of solo work that explores notions of experience and identity, which she has shown in galleries nationally and internationally.

Artist Statement

My creative drive is motivated by a desire to explore identity, both introspectively and communally. I am attracted to the presence of contradiction in identity. As a biracial woman, I find myself reflecting on the conflicting elements in my sense of self, struggling to find balance and harmony. Thus, my artwork aims to compose opposing forces harmoniously. I juxtapose notions of femininity and strength, divinity and normalcy, beauty and the mundane- to not only reconcile my own contradictions, but to question societal notions of race, gender, and beauty.

Art making has been a source of reflection and reconciliation in my own experience, and I approach  my creative practice with this truth. In both solo and collaborative endeavors, I am continuously looking to elevate the voices of the unheard alongside my own.

Awards and Publications

Artists unite to create ‘Plates Against Patriarchy’ at Harwood Art Center the Albuquerque Journal 2019

Ceramics show draws parallels between women and clay the Albuquerque Alibi 2019

‘Recycled Heart’ artist’s portraits ‘dismantle invisibility’ of homelessness The Albuquerque Journal 2019

Honoring creative women working in their community

2018

The Albuquerque Journal 2018

Edible Magazine Sante Fe Early summer edition 2018 

The Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District  2018

"Recycled Heart" exhibit aims to raise awareness of poverty & homelessness

The Albuquerque Journal 2018

For Artistic Excellence, the Harwood Art Center 2018

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Experience​​

  • The Harwood Art Center Arts & Social Justice Apprenticeship- Assisting Artist June-August 2019

  • The Harwood Art Center- Teaching Artist -September 2016-present

  • Patrician Design- Gallery Curator-November 2015-present

  • Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless Art Street- Mentor Artist in Residence National Endowment for the Arts Program-October 2017-October 2018

  • The Albuquerque Museum- “My Albuquerque” Collaborative Mosaic with Refugee Families Lead Artist-June-July 2018

  • Artful Life- International District Youth Team Coordinator-January 2018-May 2018

  • The Mayor’s Art Institute- Lead Apprentice-May 2012-September 2017

  • ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio- Executive Director-August 2014-December 2016

 

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico with accompanying minors in Arts Management and English Composition.

December 2016

Exhibitions

  • Secret Gallery: "Altar" - the Historic Ruppe Drugstore, group show, Albuquerque New Mexico- November 2019

  • The Harwood Art Center Birdge: Arts & Social Justice Exhibition "Plates Against Patriarchy" Solo Exhibition, Albuquerque New Mexico, September 2019

  • Ot Circus "Remnants" group exhibition Albuquerque, New Mexico- August 2019

  • birds + Richard "Lady's Club" A Room For Ones Own group exhibition Berlin, Germany- June 2019 

  • Open Space Visitor's Center "Passages" mosaic group exhibition Albuquerque New Mexico March- May 2019

  • The Harwood Art Center "Recycled Heart: The Artists of ArtStreet" group exhibition  Albuquerque, New Mexico- February 2018,19

  • Box at Santa Fe group exhibition, Santa Fe, New Mexico -November 2018

  • Southwest Lab "SWL Gives Back" group exhibition Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 2018 

  • The CFA Downtown Studio"Passages Pauses and Pulses" curator and featured artist, Albuquerque, New Mexico-September 2018 

  • The Harwood Art Center “Surface: Emerging Artist of New Mexico” group exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico-June-July 2018

  • Patrician Design “Resilience” solo exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico-May 2018

  • Sanitary Tortilla Factory “What Becomes”, group exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico-May 2017

  • Bernalillo County “Arts and Education”, group exhibition, Albuquerque, New Mexico-September 2016

 

Public Sculptures

  • Unidos- Outdoor steel sculpture made in collaboration with Ryan Henel and the Harwood Art Center, Mesa Verde Park, Albuquerque New Mexico-2019

Murals

  • Breaking Borders- Outdoor acrylic, made in collaboration with the Voces youth group, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2019

  • Urban Pieced Work- Indoor & outdoor ceramic mosaic, Nexus  Tap Room South Broadway, Albuquerque New Mexico-2019 

  • Connected Ecosystems- Indoor acrylic and aerosol, in collaboration with Garfield and Hayes Middle School students, the Animal Care Center, Albuquerque New Mexico.-2019

  • Collective Fragments- Acrylic and aerosol. in collaboration with Adelina Cruz, Mesa Verde Community Center, Albuquerque New Mexico- 2018

  • Migrations- Outdoor acrylic mural, in collaboration with Artful Life’s International District Youth Team, Trumbull Village Art Parklet, Albuquerque New Mexico.-2018

  • They Are Us and We are Them- Acrylic on mirror, made for Burque Noirs’ Making Africa Event at the Albuquerque Museum of Art.-2018

  • Weaving Our Destiny-  Ceramic mosaic mural, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Art Institute, Albuquerque Convention Center West Building Exterior-2017

  • Alma Mater- Ceramic mosaic mural, in collaboration with the ASUNM Arts and Crafts Studio and workshop participants, University of New Mexico Student Union Building Exterior-2016

  • the Keeper of Fire- Ceramic mosaic mural, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Art Institute, Albuquerque Convention Center West Building Exterior.-2016

  • Giver of Water, Essence of Life- Ceramic mosaic mural, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Art Institute, Albuquerque Convention Center West Building Exterior.-2015

  • Once Upon a Story Time- Ceramic mosaic mural, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Art Institute, Juan Tabo Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico-2013-14