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“Tracing the Female Line” Exhibit Opening by Julianna Kirwin


“Tracing the Female Line” Exhibit Opening by Julianna Kirwin
Opening: May 26, 5–8 PM; Also open: Friday, June 2, 5–9 PM
Otherwise this exhibit can be viewed during public FUSION events or by appointment from March 26–July 4. To inquire or visit, email FUSION at

Printmaker Julianna Kirwin invites you to an exhibit, from May 26–July 4, featuring pieces completed in the past year. This series of pieces are self-portraits and portraits of her Polish grandmother, also named Julianna, who has been a huge influence in her life. Even though they spoke different languages, they communicated through making things together. As a Polish immigrant, Julianna wanted to capture her grandmother's spirit and illustrate some of her favorite things in this show. The exhibit contains large woodblock prints, monoprints, and paintings. It will also feature a large colorful woodblock print that is based on a mural by Diego Rivera called “Pan American Unity.” His mural from 1940 had the Founding Fathers but Julianna’s has important women from across the Americas and is also called “Pan American Unity.”
To schedule a visit, email FUSION at

Julianna would like to thank the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of Albuquerque for their support with this project, as well as FUSION, Big Ink Press, Mark Wallis, and Bob Steinberg.

Julianna Kirwin is a printmaker and educator whose work is informed by the land and her experiences in Mexico and New Mexico. Her studio is on historic Mountain Road in downtown Albuquerque. Julianna is one of Albuquerque’s Urban Enhancement Trust Fund (UETF) Resiliency Residency artists. Working representationally, Kirwin’s prints utilize stencils, woodcut, and linocut as a way of layering the past and present. Her training has primarily taken place in Guanajuato and Oaxaca, Mexico. She has held a long-term interest in corn, and often creates portraits of contemporary figures who have contributed to Pan-American identity. She leads workshops that augment exhibitions of her work in the US and Mexico, using printmaking to bridge cultures.

*This Exhibit will be displayed in conjunction with the “New Mexico Veteran Arts Summer Exhibition.”