JUL 15 Firsthand Experience: Mixed-Media Sculptures

Shine a light on shadows from the past!

Albuquerque-based artist, art educator, and administrator Denise Rudd leads a mixed-media sculpture workshop inspired by the courageous creativity of contemporary artists featured in the special exhibition Revival. This workshop provides the tools and time for participants to tap into their own expressive powers.

Participants will:

  • Explore narrative through visual imagery
  • Examine Sonya Clark’s Cotton to Hair and discuss how Clark enhances her storytelling by using objects from everyday life
  • Create a three-dimensional, multimedia shadow box to tell a life story by incorporating small, meaningful objects and memorabilia—letters, buttons, dried flowers, ticket stubs, etc.—that express a personal anecdote
  • Use a variety of materials and techniques—painting, collage, drawing—to create a shadow box worthy of display
  • Share their work and stories with workshop participants
  • Take home their creations and a “studio to go”

All levels of experience are welcome. This workshop is designed to instruct and engage audiences 13 and older. Materials, instruction, and inspiration will be provided.


Denise Rudd graduated from UMass at Amherst with a B.A. in printmaking, then relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1993 to enjoy better weather and pursue a master’s degree in art education at the University of New Mexico. She is currently the Elementary Visual Arts Manager for the 50 itinerant elementary art teachers in the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts program. Rudd has presented visual arts workshops across the country and is a Certified Zentangle Teacher.


Required. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students.

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In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary, and inspired by the museum’s focus on contemporary women artists as catalysts for change, Revival illuminates how women working in sculpture, photography, and video use spectacle and scale for expressive effect.

National Museum of Women in the Arts