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Saturday, September 23 - Saturday, December 30, 2006

Melissa Zink: The Language of Enchantment

Gallery: Peter & Madeleine Martin Gallery
The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico presents the exhibition Melissa Zink: The Language of Enchantment organized by Stephen Parks of Parks Gallery (Taos) and Margaret Bullock, museum curator. The exhibition on view through December 30, 2006 features more than 40 works from Zinks distinguished career, ranging from early ceramic tableaux to recent mixed media assemblages and bronze sculptures. Melissa Zink has had a diverse and highly successful career creating richly complex works that reference the world of books. About her art, Zink says: I think its always been about ideas and language, the shapes of letters and the impact of words. Some artists follow landscape all their lives. Language is my landscape. Zink has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the University of New Mexicos Melissa Zink: Journeys 1977-1990; an exhibition in 1993 at the University of Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder; a retrospective at the Roswell Museum of Art in 1996; and a 2002 survey at St. Johns College Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe. She was honored as the New Mexico representative in the National Museum of Women in the Arts series of exhibitions, From the States, in Washington, D.C. in 2000 and was the recipient of the New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in 2001. Her work can be found in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, the Capitol Art Collection, State of New Mexico, the St. Johns College Library and the Harwood Museum of Art as well as myriad private collections. Melissa Zink: The Language of Enchantment, assembled from public and private collections, offers an overview of Zinks diverse and compelling body of work. Curator Margaret Bullock states: Melissa Zink is one of Taoss art treasures. She has lived and worked here for over 25 years and though her work is not about New Mexico, she says that the beauty of this area and the freedom she feels here have fueled her creativity. This exhibition is a celebration of that long and fruitful relationship. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a major new catalogue of Zinks work titled "Zink: The Language of Enchantment", published by New Mexico Magazine Press and with text by Hollis Walker. A limited edition of the book will include a bronze maquette from Zinks Guardian series in a compartment set into the cover. Books are available for purchase through the Harwood Museum Shop. A gallery talk & Book signing by Hollis Walker & Melissa Zink will take place at the Harwood Museum on Saturday, October 14 from 2-4 pm.