Frederick Hammersley artist residency

Frederick Hammersley (1919-2009) spent most of his formative years, time as a student, and early career in California, where he garnered a reputation as an important abstract painter in the west coast scene and began a prominent career in geometric hard-edge painting in the late 1950s. In 1949-50, he taught himself lithography and produced an innovative group of prints through which he systematically explored the properties and interactions of color, line, value, and texture on various papers and even fabric. In 1968, Hammersley moved to Albuquerque and accepted a teaching appointment at the University of New Mexico. During this time, he was introduced to Art1, a newly developed computer program that enabled artists to create artworks using a mainframe machine and line printer. The computer drawings he made, which he sometimes called prints, are some of the earliest instances of computer art. Hammersley resigned from teaching in 1971 but continued to live and work in Albuquerque, receiving a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and NEA grants in 1975 and 1977. He continued to paint, draw, and make prints, including a number of lithographs at Tamarind, until his death in 2009.

In 2016, the Frederick Hammersley Foundation initiated the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency and the Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer programs at Tamarind as part of the foundation’s mission to expand the public’s awareness of Hammersley’s art and life, promote the value of art in the life of the community, and support the advancement of artists’ education and creative processes through funding for research and scholarships for art students and other practitioners of the arts.

To learn more about Frederick Hammersley, his work, and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, visit the foundation’s website at

The Residency

The Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency, established in 2017, creates an opportunity to consider Hammersley’s legacy as a painter and printmaker, as well as his influence as a conceptual thinker.

2021 Henni Alftan

Henni Alftan

Alftan is the recipient of the 2021 Frederick Hammersley Artist in Residence at Tamarind. She is a Paris-based painter who generates narrative imagery based on a complex process of observation and deduction. Working in figuration but rejecting a narrative dimension, Alftan’s compositions use the tight framing of close range photography to explore the similarities between painting and image-making.

“I paint pictures,” Alftan says, and “painting and picture often imitate each other.”

Inviting viewers to consider the history, materiality, and objecthood of painting, Alftan’s vignettes represent a fragmented vision of the real and address pictorial issues such as color, surface, flatness, depth, pattern, texture, and framing devices.

Recent exhibitions include Karma, New York (2020); Studiolo, Milan (2019); TM-Galleria, Helsinki (2018); and Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver (2017).

2020 Ellen Lesperance

Ellen Lesperance knitting

Portland, Oregon based artist Ellen Lesperance is the recipient of the 2020 Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency at Tamarind. Her encoded works on paper are inspired by the attire of women activists, warriors, and cultural figures, from which she generates gridded imagery in the universal shorthand of knitting patterns. Her work addresses the craft tradition of knitting, textiles, and the layered meaning of women’s work.


2019 Danielle Orchard

Painter Danielle Orchard maintains a consistent interest in the figure and what she recognizes as the “anxiety around intimacy” by pulling from moments in art history when the human figure has been used to indicate an “otherwise hidden psychological position.” Her confident use of line and expressive color gives her paintings an air of immediacy while allowing for the extended gestures of rendering and stylization. Born in Indiana and currently living in New York, Orchard holds an MFA from Hunter College and is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City.

2019 Head of a Woman: Redressing the Parallel Histories of Collaborative Printmaking and the Women’s Movement

Full set of videos from the symposium

2018 R. Luke DuBois

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who “explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera.” Based in New York City, DuBois regularly lectures on interactive sound and video performance, and has exhibited and presented his work internationally. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data, and is on the Board of Directors of the ISSUE Project Room and Eyebeam. His records are available on Caipirinha/Sire, Liquid Sky, C74, and Cantaloupe Music, and his artwork is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University. More information about DuBois can be found on his website, 

2017 Matthew Shlian

Paper engineer Matthew Shlian works in the realm between art and science. His sculptural forms are inspired by organic material and iterative patterns, each piece mapped out digitally, and then folded and assembled by hand. His work as an artist led to collaborations with scientists at the University of Michigan, where his paper folding abilities helped researchers to visualize their work on the nanoscale, translating paper structures to micro folds. His complex paper folds have contributed to investigations such as visualizing cellular division and solar cell development.

More information about Shlian and the prints created during his residency

2017 Wonder Cabinet

The past few decades have seen ever-more fertile interpenetrations between the arts and sciences, which is to say a return to the way things used to be in the times of Michelangelo and Leonardo, before the artificial division of those realms about three hundred years ago. Thus, to take just one example, Matthew Shlian, the first artist awarded the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency, is as at home fashioning his own paper-folding marvels as he is consulting with microbiologists on protein folding or materials scientists on molecular arrays. 

Inspired by Shlian’s work as a paper engineer, Tamarind hosted a unique program called the Wonder Cabinet in Albuquerque, April 20-22, 2018. Longtime New Yorker staff-writer Lawrence Weschler, director emeritus of both the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and the Chicago Humanities Festival, curated the weekend of presentations, panels, demonstrations, and astonishments of all sorts. Funded by the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.


Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printers

Lindsey Sigmon

2021-22 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

Tamarind Apprentice Printer Lindsey Sigmon chopping a print by Paula Wilson

Alyssa Ebinger

2020-21 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

Mike Feijen

2019-20 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

Christine Adams

2018-19 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

Jaime Durham

2017-18 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

Ash Armenta

2016-17 Frederick Hammersley Apprentice Printer

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