IntraUrban: The Built Environment

January 23–February 27, 2015

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Tamarind Institute invites the public to browse IntraUrban: The Built Environment, an exhibition guest-curated by Brendan Picker, in the Tamarind Gallery from January 23 – February 27, 2015, Monday through Friday, 9-5. A public reception will take place on Friday, January 23, from 5-7 pm. 

In 2013, Tamarind began a new tradition of inviting a local curator to select lithographs from its vast inventory for inclusion in an exhibition. Tamarind Institute is excited to announce the 2015 annual guest-curator, Brendan Picker. Picker hails from a unique arts background with a strong focus on combining art, design, and city planning. A former project coordinator for the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Picker is currently working for the City of Denver Public Art Program. In his role as public art coordinator, Picker manages the unique challenge of collaborating with artists, the municipal government, and the community to place site-specific works of art in public spaces around the city.

In his exhibition, IntraUrban: The Built Environment, Picker has chosen to focus on the contemporary city landscape. “In public art, the structure of the city around us is the blank canvas into which we can integrate art. The images I’ve selected for IntraUrban, aren’t made exclusively for the public realm; they are about the blank canvas that exists in the public realm. These blank canvases, from which the artist adds or detracts visual elements, evolve over time as the urban landscape changes.” 

Picker explains, “I have this special place in my heart for public art, where its programs and artists all help shape the evolving aesthetic of our cities. These artists are working within a community to integrate their work into an urban landscape. In this show, I wanted to focus on how studio artists reflect upon and create artwork about the urban landscape. What urban forms stand out to them? How do they react to their immediate surroundings and how is it expressed in a two-dimensional work of art?”

Featured artists include Chester Arnold, Chris Ballantyne, Andrew Dasburg, Harrell Fletcher, Miguel Gandert, Richard Haas, Leonard Lehrer, Nicola López. Joseph Norman, Ana Stojković, RM Palaniappan, and Steve Yates. 

Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. More information available online at or by calling 505.277.3901.