New from Tipping Points artists at Tamarind: UNM Newsroom


This fall, the Tamarind Institute will announce new lithographs by New Mexico artists Eric Garcia, Szu-Han Ho, Gaby Hernandez, Jane Lackey, and Zahra Marwan.

The prints are the result of Tipping Points, a collaborative project between the City of Albuquerque and the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico, with the goal of providing local artists with the opportunity to advance their careers through an experience at the Tamarind Institute with fine art lithography.

With that goal in mind and ahead of the pandemic, Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement, a division of the City of Albuquerque Department of Arts and Culture, released a public announcement soliciting nominations from artists. Five artists were then selected from a very large pool of applicants by a committee made up of members of the Public Arts Council and Tamarind staff. The five artists chosen were artists considered best positioned to benefit from expanding their practice to include collaborative printmaking, particularly at the Tamarind Institute.

For many artists, the opportunity to collaborate with Tamarind’s highly skilled printers generates new thinking about their creative practice and creates new international audiences for their work, essentially shifting local professional artists into the next phase of their career and to new markets.

The project was scheduled to run until spring 2021, and although the pandemic caused some obstacles, each artist was able to complete a two-week studio residency. During the workshop residency, each Tipping Points artist produced a lithograph in collaboration with Tamarind student printers, under the supervision and guidance of Tamarind Master Printer and Director of Education, Brandon Gunn.

The resulting portfolio of five prints will be part of the City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection, Tamarind Internal Archives, and Tamarind Formal Archives, housed at the University of New Mexico Museum of Art. Additionally, all five prints will be available for purchase through the Tamarind Institute.

A video on the project, including artist interviews and images of the resulting lithographs, will be released this fall. The video highlights each artist’s experience at Tamarind and the topic chosen. Tipping Points artist Eric Garcia created a lithograph in honor of his recently deceased cousin and to remind viewers of New Mexico traditions that are about to be lost.

When asked what Garcia would take away from the project, he replied, “I will remember a new partnership with Tamarind; I will take away a friendship with [Tamarind student printer] Austin Armstrong; I’ll take six new prints; I am going to take away an experience that few people have. To be frank, not many people in Albuquerque understand what Tamarind is – a world famous institution, and not everyone can come in here and do art – it’s a precious thing and I won’t take it. for granted.


  • Tamarind student printer Lindsey Sigmon is a fan of an aluminum plate while student printer Brian Wagner discusses options available for Tipping Points artist Zahra Marwan.
  • Gaby Hernandez, Tipping Points artist, with Lindsey Ingram, a student printer from Tamarind, and Brandon Gunn, master printer and director of education.
  • Artist Szu-Han Ho with Austin Armstrong, a student printer from Tamarind

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