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The “Likeness of Us” Art Exhibit Runs Through March 26


Bernalillo County Cultural Services and Bernalillo County Youth Services Center present “The Likeness of Us,” an exhibit of artwork featuring professional women artists and young women from the Youth Services Center (detention facility.)

The exhibit will run March 9 - 26 in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, known locally as Women and Creativity Month. The exhibit is located at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE on Expo New Mexico.

“The Likeness of Us is a cross-generational visual dialogue between women and girls using art as the medium,” says Debbie Jo Almager, director of Parks and Recreation for Bernalillo County.  “The artwork is woven together in a meaningful way to create a tapestry of self-reflection, guidance, and creativity.” 

Curated by Bernalillo County Public Art Program manager Nan Masland, artists Ophelia Cornet and vashti b moss, the exhibit is designed as a collaborative project with a chorus of 20 women artists who share their wisdom with girls in the juvenile detention center.  Muralist Nani Chacon painted an overall design spanning 162 feet comprised of 18 panels.  Responding to the prompt “What advice would you give your teenage self?”

Twenty artists visually depicted their guidance for teen girls on half of the two-foot square panel. In response, the young women at the Youth Services Center then completed each panel during an artist-led workshop and offered advice to their future self. 

An opening reception was held Friday, March 11 from 5:30 – 7 p.m., featuring the exhibiting artists, refreshments, and musical guest “Floozy.”

Click the image below to see a slideshow from the event. 

The Likeness of Us

The exhibit can be viewed March 9 – 26 at the African American Performing Arts Center, located on Expo New Mexico at 310 San Pedro Dr. NE, Albuquerque, 87108.  The exhibit will be open Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The complete list of exhibiting professional artists includes:

Young Women from the Youth Services Center, Katie Carillo, Jessica Chao, Nanibah Chacon, Ophelia Cornet, Lauri Dickinson, Cindy Dominguez, Therese Evangel, Sarah Dewey,  Cindy Gaudette, Sarah Hartford, Jami Porter Lara, Nan Masland, Kei and Molly, vashti b moss, Holly Roberts, Angelia Santistevan, Janet Shangam, Shawn Turung, and Margie Weinstein.

For more information, contact Nan Masland at (505)-314-0467 or visit www.bernco.gov/public-art-program.  

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