Opening Reception: "No Modifiers" Exhibition at Tamarind Institute

LIthographs from the two editions created during my March guest-artist residency at Tamarind Institute will be on display at Tamarind Insitute's exhibition, No Modifiers. I had the pleasure of working with Arel Lisette Peckler and Mike Feijen from the Tamarind Printer Training Program.  The lithographs will be available through Tamarind May 2-May 8, 2019. In early June the lithographs will be available through my studio.

No Modifiers
Tamarind Institute
May 2 – May 8, 2019
Reception: Friday, May 3, 5 PM – 7 PM
2500 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

No Modifiers, opening this week, is an exhibition showcasing lithographs by University of New Mexico graduate students and professional guest artists, created in collaboration with the Tamarind Institute Printer Training Program Class of 2019. The exhibition title No Modifiers is a nod to the ability of printers to control ink on paper and, in this exhibition, refers to the collaborative testing of skills between an artist and printer as they work towards creating a final image.

The exhibition will be on view in the Tamarind gallery May 2 through May 8, with works available for purchase.

Tamarind invites the public to a panel discussion with the collaborative student printers on Thursday, May 2 from 3:30-5:00 p.m., and an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 5-7 pm. Tamarind’s gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.

No Modifiers features lithographs by UNM Master of Fine Arts candidates Amir Bakhshi, Amie LeGette, Khutso Painter, Rachel Taylor, Martin Wannam, and Aaron Yazzie, presented alongside Tamarind guest artists Jill Christian, Paul Leibow, Willy Bo Richardson, and Sarah Smelser, and printed in collaboration with the students of Tamarind’s one-year intensive Printer Training Program: Roma Auskalnyte, Elena Carrasco, Mike Feijen, Jon Greene, Perry Obee, Arel Lisette Peckler, Jenni Viita, and Jesse Wood.

Tamarind Institute's 2019 Lithography Residency

I'm so pleased to share that I've been selected for a March 2019 student printer collaboration at Tamardind Institue.

I'll work with two student printers to create two editions of 10-15 lithographs, which will be available around May 2019.

I look forward to sharing more about the residency in March!

City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection Purchase Award

I'm pleased to share my painting, Chrysanthemum, has been selected for a City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection Purchase Award.

(image: Chrysanthemum, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48 in.)

365 Artists 365 Days Project: The Show. Opens June 9, 2018 at Frank Juarez Gallery

So excited to share that I’ll be in this upcoming show at Frank Juarez Gallery in Milwaukee. June 9 - July 14, 2018. Reception June 9, 5-8pm

The 365 Artists 365 Days Project: The Show
Co-curated by Frank Juarez Gallery and Zina Mussmann/Rachel Quirk of Greymatter Gallery

Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery continue their collaboration with a 365 Artists 365 Days Juried Group Exhibition. What began as a one-year project transitioned into a two-year project, which ended in 2015. Three years later, the duo will co-curate an ambitious exhibition featuring local, national, and international artists from this project and bringing it to Milwaukee. This exhibition will feature works by Christian Arrecis (Illinois), Jill Christian (New Mexico), Nina Ghanbarzadeh (Wisconsin), Sam Haring (Ohio), Jeanne Heifetz (New York), Colleen Keihm (Illinois), Laurie LeBreton (Illinois), Jennifer Scheuer (Indiana), Emily Swinsick (California), Casey Whittier (Kansas), Connie Wolfe (Illinois), and Ana Perez Ventura (France).

Approximate Affinities: New Paintings by Jill Christian

Approximate Affinities
May 11 through June 2, 2018

Opening Reception:  Friday May 11 from 5-8 pm

208 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10am -4pm or by appointment

Exhibit/208 is pleased to announce Approximate Affinities, an exhibition of new paintings by Jill Christian. This exhibition features work on paper that the artist began during a stay at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO.
Christian is known for her paintings of gridded fields made of repetitively applied brushstrokes of shifting colors.  In Approximate Affinities, Christian has opened up the grid and loosened her compositions.  The works on paper are quickly made, with brushstrokes forming ambiguous shapes that interact in fields of chromatic grays and the occasional color.  The paintings rely on numerous sketches that serve as practice moves for the final work.
As in her earlier work, Christian continues to be concerned with process, repetition, color, and the creation of rhythmic patterns. Here, irregular, painterly ovals and lozenges suggest stones or organic shapes and move in and out of proximity and grid-like order. The work presents variations on a repeated motif that explore how shifts in order, size, placement, and color evoke senses of speed, tension, rest, and relationship between the figures and the fields on which they float.

Image: Jill Christian, Untitled, acrylic on paper, 49 3/4 x 38 inches.
For more information, please contact Kim Arthun,, 505-450-6884

HOME: A s(and) Exhibition | October 2017 at The Harwood Art Center

      Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6 - 8pm
      Exhibitions Run: October 6 - 26, 2017
Home: (s)and Collective
Home is both a place and a space in our minds. Home can refer to the intimacy of our domestic spaces, the specificity of a geographic location, the nostalgia that is recalled by our five senses, and a place of refuge and safety that exists among family, friends, and community. In this exhibition, a group of 12 Albuquerque artists from the s(and) Collective share creative expressions of their notions of home, within the context of their work together as artists.

at The Harwood Art Center
1114 Seventh St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Monday–Thursday: 9 am–5 pm
Friday: 9 am–4 pm
Saturday–Sunday: Closed

Albuquerque The Magazine | September 2017 Issue

TONDO: an Exhibition by s(and) Artist Collective at Exhibit/208

TONDO: An Exhibition by the s(and) Artist Collective

Exhibit 208
March 4 – April 1, 2017
Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sat, 10-4 and by appointment 505.450.6884

For centuries, artists have explored the circular format of the tondo – from the painted mythology of ancient Greek kylix and the circular Italian religious paintings of the 15th century, to artworks by Carmen Herrera, Sol LeWitt, Michelle Grabner, and others.

TONDO presents a contemporary exploration of this ancient format by thirteen women artists in the s(and) Artist Collective. This exhibition includes paintings, wall works, sculptures, and photography that re-interpret and expand on the format and history of circular and spherical artworks.

The artists will be present at the opening reception Friday, March 10th from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm. Exhibit 208 gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and by appointment. For additional information, please contact Exhibit 208 Director, Kim Arthun, at 505.450.6884 or visit

Artists in this exhibition include Lea Anderson, Angela Berkson, Jill Christian, Sally Condon, Kelly Eckel, Dana Lynn Kleinman, Stephanie Lerma, Jessamyn Lovell, Heidi Pollard, Rachel Popowcer, Valerie Roybal, Shawn Turung, and Cedra Wood.

"The Thing of it Is" Exhibition - Washington Art Association

I'm very pleased to share that one of my paintings, Epic Sunrise, is included in The Thing of it Is, a group exhibition curated by the painter, Eric Aho.

Washington Art Association
4 Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT  06794

Exhibition Dates: July 23, 2016 - August 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 23rd from 4 - 6pm

Gallery Hours: M - Sa.: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: Noon - 4pm

For more information, please contact us either by email at or by telephone at 860.868.2878.

Here's a link to an article about Mr. Aho and the exhibition:

Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition

Third Annual Regional Juried Exhibition
111 Hampton Street, Fort Worth, TX
June 24 - August 6, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, June 24, 5:00-8:00 pm

s(and): an introduction at Exhibit|208 in Albuquerque

Exhibit | 208
208 Broadway SE
Albuquerque NM 87102

exhibition dates: 5/2-5/30/15
opening reception with artists: 5/8 5-8pm

Artists exhibiting:
Lea Anderson, Shawn Turung, Stephanie Lerma
Angela Berkson, Kelly EckelCedra Wood, Dana & Ruth Kleinman, Valerie Roybal, Jessamyn Lovell, Sally Condon, Heidi Pollard, Jill Christian, and Rachel Popowcer

curated by Jessica Veit

“Sand” is a curious material. Grains from mysterious and varied origins collect together in unity, be it a beach, a desert, a garden or or a playground. Sand can be part of an oasis of safety and also a stormy, destructive force. Sand can be a soft, soothing surface and also a scratchy irritant. Sand can express a range of qualities and invoke varied responses.

We are a group of artists, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This exhibition will serve to introduce our work as unique particles of a whole, a sum and its parts, to illustrate the diversity and quality of artistic voices in this region. Coming together as a community, we promote community, despite differences, to create a unified force of impact.

Our work rejects the desire for categorization by gender or place; each artist in the collective is unique in style, process, and vision. Photography, sculpture, painting, and works on paper; abstract and figurative, personal to universal: try to define us and grains will be sure to escape through the filter.

Go With the Grain: Opening Reception for s(and): an introduction

Art on the Edge at New Mexico Museum Opening April 17

I'm very pleased to share that three of my paintings have been chosen for the Art on the Edge exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.  Seven artists from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Texas were selected by juror Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.  The other artists selected are Will Clift (, Danae Falliers (, Ian Fisher (, Sarah McKenzie (, Chris Oatey (, and Kate Rivers (


Art on the Edge 2015
New Mexico Museum of Art
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
April 17 – August 16, 2015

Public reception: April 17, 2015, 5:30-7:30…/upcoming/untitled-resource.html

An exhibition catalog is available for viewing and purchase at

Building the Image: The Lady Minimalists at Smink Dallas

April 4 - May 2, 2015
Dara Mark, Danielle Shelley, Shaun Gilmore, Jill Christian, Signe Stuart, Janice Wall
Smink Inc.
1019 Dragon Street
Dallas, TX 75207

In the hills above Santa Fe, early in 2011, the Lady Minimalists formed their collective.  Today, this is a group of six visual artists of varying ages and differing backgrounds.  

The scene began with investigations into current threads of contemporary art, and led to lively discussions, collaborative projects, and group exhibits.   The group has shown at Axle Contemporary in Santa Fe (2013), at the ART[s] UP Salon in Galisteo, NM (2014), at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery in Los Alamos, NM (2013), and in a project space at Art Santa Fe (2012).  Currently they are part of the exhibit, AXLE INDOORS, at Peters Projects, the new contemporary incarnation of the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe.

The Lady Minimalists Tea Society (proper name) is noted for intentionally pared–down processes, use of simplified materials, and purposeful use of structure, which is often developed through repetition.  Each artist reflects the rich combination of northern New Mexico history, culture and social need, within the perimeters of modern art.  It is a paradox of sorts; the contradiction of deeply rustic, historic surroundings and the language of artistic abstraction.  But like Agnes Martin and Florence Pierce before them, their work is derived from the open vistas, the clear light, and the silence of this region.

Interview on 365 Artists|365 Days

Thank you to the people at 365artists365days for including me in their project!

365 Artists | 365 Days is a project that was started January 1, 2014 by Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery. Their website spotlights contemporary artists daily from across the globe.

Hope you enjoy my interview and take some time to check out the other artists on the site!

New American Paintings West

I am pleased to share that I have been included in New American Paintings West (Issue 114).  Juror, Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, chose works from approximately 1,000 applicants to be featured in the No. 114, West Edition.

Impressions: Paintings by Jill Christian, Sept. 19-Nov. 7, 2014

An exhibition of my paintings opens September 19th at The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery, University of New Mexico Hospital.

Impressions: Paintings by Jill Christian
September 19 - November 7, 2014

Opening Reception:
 Friday, September 19, 4-6 pm

The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery
University of New Mexico Hospital
Fifth Floor, Ambulatory Care Center

The gallery is open weekdays from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Parking is available at the UNM Hospital West Parking Structure (Lomas & Yale).

Studio Visit Magazine Volume 25

I am very pleased to announce that my work has been included in Vol. 25 (2014) of Studio Visit Magazine, a juried series of artist books. My paintings are featured on page 25.

Also in this issue is Susan Emmerson ( 70) a fellow graduate from the MFA program at Lesley University College of Art and Design, and Page Coleman ( 47), an artist and gallery owner in Albuquerque.  Page was also one of my mentors during the LUCAD MFA program, and was instrumental in my exploration of color during the program.

MAS ATTACK comes to Albuquerque!

July 19 MAS Attack brought a group of Los Angeles artists together with Albuquerque artists for MAS*Albuquerque. Held at Creative Albuquerque's downtown location, this was MAS Attack's third road trip and was organized by Albuquerque's own Nancy Zastudil and ARTRA Curatorial.

Here are some links to learn more about MAS (Mutual Appreciation Society) Attack:

Alibi: "Imagine a festive “one-night-only” art event more like a rock concert than a gallery opening."

Local IQ: "For one night only, Albuquerque is being invaded — by artists. MAS ATTACK, a city-to-city exhibit put on by ARTRA Curatorial, hails from Los Angeles. It is a project designed to put together 30 L.A. artists with 30 Albuquerque artists to create a collage exhibit meant to spark conversation, creativity and collaboration."

"ARTRA Curatorial
 is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events.

Founded by Max Presneill and Colton Stenke in 2009 and now joined by Kio Griffith, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities."

Valentine's Day 2014 Art+Singles Auction

"Pink Painting", 2009. Acrylic on paper (framed), 23"x22"

I’ve paired one of my paintings with one of these fantastic singles!  Don’t sit at home on Valentine’s Day -- Come on out to ArtBar for an evening of fun and a singles + art auction supporting New Mexico AIDS Services and Progress Now New Mexico.  See the ArtBar posting for details on the event and how to purchase tickets.

ArtBar is getting rid of the nasty little COUPLES tradition that Valentine's Day is - Feb 14th 2014 @ 8pm come be part of an Art/Singles Auction - buy art, it comes with a date, or vice versa! Food and "some" drink included with purchase of ticket - more available night of the event of course!

Local celebs, artists, and hardworking guys and gals up for auction - nice art to go along with em!!!! It's gonna be a good ol' non-traditional night. Some of our singles include: Hakim Bellamy, Shastyn Friedman, Sera Miles, Hillary Frost aka DJ ILL Audia, Kelly Fernandez of Paris A Go Go, and so many more!

Local artisans include: Tattoo Artists from Archetype Dermagraphic, Christian Gallegos, Cloudface, and again, so many more!

A portion of the proceeds from this amazing and fun night will go to benefit NM Aids Services; this event is made possible through a partnership with Progress Now New Mexico, ArtBar by Catalyst Club, and NM Aids Services.

For more information, visit ArtBar by Catalyst Club's FaceBook page:

Purchase tickets at Hold My Ticket:

ArtSpark's 4th Birthday Bash - January 26th, 2014

Please join us for ArtSpark's 4th Birthday Bash at the ArtBar by Catalyst Club on January 26th from 4:30-6:30p. We've got a bevvy of great artists and performers that eve, including aerialist Kaeti Frady, musician/composer Monica Demarco, visual artists (and ArtSparkers!) Burgy (aka Gladys Potts) and Jill Christian, photographer Guadalupe Chavez, dance on video artists Evangel King and Kristine Maltrud, and luscious grown-up cookies to go with those great cocktails.

PLEASE JOIN US - it's going to be a GREAT event!

You can purchase tickets here:

Sunday, Jan. 26
4:30-6:30 pm
ArtBar by Catalyst Club
119 Gold SW, Albuquerque NM

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