Upcoming Residencies

181 Collective

October 2-9, 2020, Situational Composition Friday October 9th time and location TBD

Tilde: At The Coming of Night



181 Collective is made up of Brandon Boan, Abby Donovan, Tom Hughes, and Jason Rhodes.  These artists will be in residence from October 2nd through October 9th at the Mission Street Arts studios.  Over the course of the residency the collective will sketch together, collect, and build, all with an eye toward a “one night only!” situational composition.  This performative event will be free to the public and will take place on Friday October 9th to occur somewhere in the surrounding landscape, a location the artists refer to as having “geo-potency”.  Various artists from across the country will also participate via the internet. Many elements of the event can be viewed from a distance and online.  Covid-19 safety guidelines will be enforced.

As a collective, the 181 is interested in creating situations that generate experiential spaces which expand, contract, or reassemble as information sloshes about.  They attempt imperfect approximations of the universe as a whole.  The members of the collective can be described as a physicist/electronic engineer/musician, a mushroom forager/rockhound, and a linotype operator—any attempts to formalize their practice they view with distress.

The 181 Collective have been working together since 2007 when they found themselves gathered by the Pacific Ocean with a glim glam golden Q, roughly 10 yards of transparent lavender vinyl, and a broken hold on the sea’s reflection.  Since then they have gathered and appeared in places like the Arthur Craven Foundation, Milan, Italy; Stockholm Fringe Festival, Stockholm, Sweden; LPM, Rome, Italy; SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; an alley in Eugene, OR; the ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; transmissions beamed from Maine to Sao Paulo, Brazil; the National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg, Russia; Slingshot Festival, Athens, GA; Herrick Cave in Lake County, OR; High Desert Test Sites HQ at the Sky Village Swap Meet, Yucca Valley, CA; and upcoming in spring 2021 at Locust Projects, Miami, FL.

Walter McQuie

Spring 2020

“Following a happenstance but oh so enchanting visit to Northern New Mexico 15 years ago, I have occupied and explored our mountains and high desert, canyons, mesas and badlands. This evolving relationship has involved me in two creative endeavors—market gardening and landscape photography—that benefit not just from specialized knowledge but insight and passion. After seven years of sharing my experiences growing vegetables, I join Mission Street Arts to invite you on my photographic journey of exploration and seeing.”

Community Engagement-

The free public salon will take place at the Jemez Public Library from 2-3pm Saturday, February 29th. Come hear how the artist creates this work using classic forms and modern digital equipment. Bring images to share!

The workshops will be held at the Mission Street Arts studios, 45 Mission Street in Jemez Springs on Saturdays in March 2020.  Participants in the no cost workshops will have hands on experience with every aspect of modern photography composition for still life & landscape, layout, editing and even print their own work (participants must cover the cost of materials for printing). Please contact missionstreetarts.com to sign up.

Sylvia Warner

Spring 2020

“For me, weaving is a metaphor for life.  My tapestries blend old yarns with new approaches, the designs always changing, evolving on the loom.  As with life, intuition is important.”  Fiber Arts and writing are the paths of Sylvia Warner’s second career after university/ college teaching in the humanities for a quarter of a century.  “I enjoy every aspect of weaving: the quiet and meticulous work of warping the loom, the excitement of color and pattern combinations as I begin, the pleasure of developing an idea.” Sylvia’s tapestries are rich in texture and color, showing the natural landscapes around her home setting in the Sangre deCristo mountains of northern New Mexico.  Mesas, mountain ranges, high desert meadows frame scenes of a solitary hogan or a distant pueblo.

Sylvia retired early from teaching English Language and Literature ( mostly in Canada ) back in 1996, and then studied weaving at the El Rito Campus of Northern New Mexico College for a couple of years.  She worked on her own for a decade, taking classes from local masters such as Rebecca Bluestone and Ted Hallman. She has exhibited her works at the Fine Arts Gallery of Jemez Springs, joining the collective at the same time as the sculptor Murphy. We became good friends.“I am delighted to be a part of Mission Street Arts. It’s peaceful yet vibrant community setting, provides inspiration for me to pass on what I have learned.” Sylvia’s home is north of Cuba, NM, where you find her living  ‘close to the land’, writing, walking her two dogs – Bravo and Encore, taking cello lessons, and sketching.

Community Engagement- TBA

Russell Prather

March 7 –May 1, 2021


Russell Prather plans to conceive, design and fabricate four new hanging pieces, based on the forms and objects that he discovers in Jemez Springs and environs. These pieces will be incorporated into a traveling solo exhibition of new work called “And the Heart is Pleased by One Thing After Another”. The artist will begin the residency by exploring the Jemez Springs area and spending time with the people there.

Community Engagement-
Open Studio/Exhibition; The studio will be open during designated times and days on a weekly basis (possibly Saturday or Sunday) to members of the community to visit and talk about the art-making process, inspirations and goals of the residency. The open studio will culminate near the end of the residency with completed work installed and a reception at Mission Street Arts. Artist Talk and Workshop (Possibly to take place at the Jemez Springs Public Library) The artist will present a slide presentation on their creative practice, talk about how their work has evolved and specifically the use of transparency, layering and interactivity. A follow-up hands-on workshop, open to the public, might then focus on working with transparent and translucent media, and different strategies for layering these sorts of materials.