For a good decade and a half, Magnífico sponsored a juried exhibit designed to showcase the best contemporary artists the Albuquerque area has to offer. Yeah, the event had its share of detractors, but, for my own part, I usually enjoyed it. The show was a messy grab bag of disparate art, but that was always the biggest part of its appeal.
Anyway, you might recall that Magnífico took a hit last year financially. The nonprofit had to give up its swanky Downtown artspace at 516 Central SW, but it was hoped that the organization could continue producing its annual show, which was exhibited every year at the Albuquerque Museum. Currently, though, it looks like Magnífico is defunct.
Thankfully, some long-time arts activists here in town are filling the void by producing a new show called Transitions consisting of contemporary art from Albuquerque artists. Presented by the Harwood Art Center, the show will actually be exhibited in the old Magnífico artspace Downtown.
The show will be juried by Laura Steward Heon, the incoming executive director and curator of SITE Santa Fe. If you're interested in competing, the deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 3. Entries will be accepted in slide format, and must be postmarked or delivered by that date to the Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh Street NW. Entry forms are available online at www.contemporaryalbuquerque.com.
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