Natalie Voelker, contemporary visual artist, painter, muralist, portraits

photo by Max Woltman.

Natalie Voelker

Natalie Voelker is a visual artist working out of Albuquerque, NM. She uses painting and drawing to investigate the human body as a physical form, a symbol, and the contact site of human experience. Residing in the tension between abstraction and representation, her work reaches toward both physical reality and subjective ephemeral experience. By taking a personal approach to the shared human experience, she explores the search for identity and meaning through relationships with others and oneself. Her portraits, figurative works, abstractions, and mural collaborations are the material result of an exploratory, process-oriented, approach to art-making.

Natalie’s work has been featured in multiple publications including the anthology, BARED, and the French-English magazine, VolUp. In 2017 she completed a large-scale mural installation in collaboration with Reyes Padilla that spans the facade of the Harwood Art Center, and a large-scale double portrait mural commissioned by the 508 Mural Festival. She has created a limited edition lithograph at the Tamarind Institute commissioned by the city of Albuquerque and her painting, Ethan Sleeping, was selected as the featured work for the state of New Mexico by Figure50.com, a national juried figurative art competition. Her murals adorn nonprofits, businesses, and private residences; her paintings and prints are collected internationally. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, MURALS, AND COMMISSIONS

  • 2018 Upcoming: Fortitude,” solo show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2017 “Peoplescape, Participatory Art Installation” commission, SOMOS, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2017 “Perseverance,” mural, commissioned by 508 Mural Fest, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2017 “La Joya 2017,” mural, collaboration with Reyes Padilla, commissioned by Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2017 “Bared,” The Diamond Shop Gallery, Morgantown, WV
  • 2016 “Prelude, Invitational,” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM
  • 2016 “Hand on Albuquerque,” curated by We Are This City, Albuquerque NM
  • 2016 “Idiomatic – a Portrait Installation Project,” solo show, 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016 “Albuquerque Abstracts,” William Platz Gallery, Southwest University of Visual Arts, Albuquerque NM
  • 2016 “The People’s Show,” 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016 “Loft Mural,” mural, collaboration with Reyes Padilla, private residence, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2016 “Skinny Dip,” mural, collaboration with Reyes Padilla, Versatile Vitality, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015 “Personal Mapping Project,” The Church: An Art Sanctuary, Cedro NM
  • 2015 “Replay,” solo show, O’Niell’s, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015 “In Microscale,” Metallo Gallery, Madrid NM
  • 2015Foodie: On Eats, Eating, and Eateries in Albuquerque,” Tamarind Institute in cooperation with City of Albuquerque Public Art, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2015 “Two Girls,” painting, commissioned by La Familia’s Teen Clinic, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2014 “Blue Corn Posole and Anasazi Beans,” limited-edition lithograph, commissioned by City of Albuquerque and Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque NM
  • 2014 “Momentary Weirdness,” solo show, Maple Street Dance Space, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011 “Maple Street Resident Artist,” solo show, Maple Street Dance Space, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011 “Personal Space,” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2011 “Recent Work,” solo show, Maples Street Dance Space, Albuquerque, NM

AWARDS, HONORS, PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

  • Albuquerque the Magazine, featured creative, March, 2017
  • “Harwood to Celebrate ‘La Joya’ Mural During Event Featuring 200 Artists,” Albuquerque Journal, February 26, 2017
  • BARED, an Anthology on Bras and Breasts, featured artist, published by Les Femmes Folles Books, 2017
  • VolUp2 Magazine and BULLETT Media, Artitorial featured artist, 2017
  • Femmes Folles, featured artist and interview, 2015
  • Words Dance, featured artist, November, 2015
  • Figure50, selected to represent New Mexico, March – June, 2014
  • VolUp2, featured artist, summer edition, 2013

OTHER PROJECTS

  • Idiomatic, limited-edition art book, 2017
  • In the Forest of Her Mind, performance and art installation collaboration with Romy Kegan, Pilar Leto, Leslie Schreiber and the Women in Creativity Collective, Maple Street Dance Space, Albuquerque NM, 2015

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Private Instruction, 2017-Present
  • Drawing Faces for Beginners, 6 week series of charcoal portrait drawing basics, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM, 2017
  • Creative Roots:Youth Mural Project, Lead Instructor, Garfield Middle School, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM, 2017
  • Making Our Mark, art-making and writing workshop, co-facilitated with Alexis Kaminsky, Albuquerque NM, 2017
  • Women Exploring Self-Expression, art-making and writing workshop, co-facilitated with Alexis Kaminsky, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM, 2017
  • Expressive Self-Portrait Drawing, workshop, Factory on 5th, Albuquerque NM, 2016
  • Ethics & Emotional Support Skills, part-time faculty, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, Albuquerque NM, 2012 – 2014
  • Trainer, independent contractor, designed and implemented training for 70+ staff, Laguna Division of Early Childhood, Laguna Pueblo NM, 2007
  • Community Health Instructor, Peace Corps Volunteer, Burkina Faso, West Africa, 2007 – 2008
  • AmeriCorps / STAY Instructor, designed and taught high school fine art curricula and service learning projects for at-risk youth, Families and Youth Inc., Las Cruces NM, 2001-2002

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Carr Imaging, Studio Assistant, digital fine art reproduction print shop, Albuquerque, NM, 2015 – present

EDUCATION

  • BFA, Painting, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Studio Foundations, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

 

©2017 Natalie Voelker