The budget for the mural is $43,000 and is funded by the county’s 1% for the Arts funds generated through general obligation bonds approved by voters.
In June 2020, the Bernalillo County Arts Board solicited a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from New Mexico artists for the project. The 30 proposals went through detailed review process including public comment to narrow the selections to the top three. The Arts Board members include two members from each of the five commission districts and represent the arts fields in the community and work as visual artists, architects, arts educators, and arts advocates.
“All the murals have specific stories but are married visually with recurring imagery, color palettes and patterns. The overall theme will be of transformation, lightness of being, and support, which is represented by butterflies. Resilience, growth, and nourishment is depicted by cactus flowers as well as endurance, joy, and healing, which is signified by a hummingbird,” says artist Jodie Herrera. “The work is intended to create a welcoming, positive and relaxing atmosphere for the entire area. The murals are meant to honor the villagers and staff with hopes that they feel uplifted knowing that they were created about and for them.”
Jodie Herrera is a Northern New Mexican painter with Latina, Apache and Comanche ancestry. She has been an artist her whole life and started formally painting in 2011. Herrera received her BFA with honors from the University of New Mexico and currently resides in Albuquerque, where she works as a full-time artist and curator.
The mural is expected to be completed by early 2022.
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About Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.