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Beyond the Future by Nate Lemuel


Exhibition Runs: June 14 - July 29, 2021
Virtual Reception + Artist Talks: July 8, 2021 @ 5:30pm
Exhibition available to view online and by appointment at Harwood Art Center, visit to book an appointment

There comes a moment of appreciation for what one loves to do as they struggle, but continue to make it happen no matter how much it means to them. The joy that envelopes, the realness that conveys honesty, the unity of hopefulness, the passion for stepping out in confidence, the struggle with identity, and the continuance of stories that need to be told more, visually continue to happen as we live our lives through we pass.

Nate Lemuel is a Queer Dine Indigenous Artist who creates visuals through digital photography and film. From Shiprock, New Mexico, Lemuel’s work consists of a variety of photography styles from stop-action, editorial, and futuristic minimalism. This year, his photography reached many publications from working with local indigenous artists, major magazine companies, and fashion brands. He was also featured on HBO’s show, “We’re Here” which he was featured and performed alongside Bob the Drag Queen in a one-night-only drag performance nearby his local hometown. His reputation started from freelancing on his reservation at music shows, to then local fashion shows, and also worked nights as a janitor to support his love for his creativity. His Professional Achievements include Surface Emerging Artist of 2020 awarded by Harwood Art Center, The 2020 Naat’áanii Honeree of Navajo Nation’s Dine’ Pride, and is currently in a mentorship by Creative Futures Collective.

Nate Lemuel received the SURFACE 2020 Harwood Art Center Solo Exhibition Award, presented annually for artistic excellence, originality of vision and dedication to practice; his exhibition will run concurrently in Harwood’s Front Gallery during our annual SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico exhibition. We invite you to join us for a virtual exhibition reception and artist talk on Zoom, Thursday, July 8 starting at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to all ages. Please register for the event to receive the link.