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Touching Artist Lives

When painter Agnes Martin turned up in Taos in the year 1947 she was living out of her car. The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico's very first charitable grant was awarded 66 years ago to Martin, launching her career and culminating in Martin achieving world renown as one of the most heralded and influential Abstract Expressionist artists of the 20th century. Since then, the HWF has provided fellowships to thousands of artists from all over the world. In 2018-2019, the Harwood Museum of Art exhibited The Legacy of Helene Wurlitzer, featuring works by 30 alumni of The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.

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Agnes Martin
Painter, 1954
Kai-sa
Painter, 1955
Michio Takayama
Painter, 1968
Vernon Fimple
Visual Arts, 1977
N. Scott Momaday
Writer, 1987
Cyrus Cassells
Poet, 1984
Theresa Connelly
Filmmaker, 1993
May Stevens
Painter, 1993
Cynthia Madansky
Painter, 2017
Anna Badkhen
Writer, 2019
Agnes Martin
painter
I feel very much honored in being chosen to receive assistance from the Wurlitzer Foundation. Till now I had never sought nor received any real recognition for my work. I did not realize how encouraging it could be. Your kindness has been a positive moral uplift. Your action in this has become the most encouraging event for art in this country that I have ever witnessed. I hope to do worthily. Thank you for all your considerations. [1956]
Matthew Rigney
writer
The three months I spent at the Wurlitzer Foundation were essential to my development as a writer. The residency gave me abundant time and a space in which to work, and as any artist knows, these are precious beyond value. I also connected with a community of other artists and made an important friendship that still endures. The residency showed me what the life-as-writer feels like absent all the complicating fac...
Mildred Tolbert
photographer
[2-16-1973] This period here at the foundation is a unique experience for me - that is, it is the first time in my adult life that I have not felt responsible for myself and/or others, and the fact that I received this grant has had great psychological impetus for me.
Andrea Clearfield
classical
I have no words to express how wonderful and productive and connected this time has been. I was utterly inspired! Thank you for everything! With much gratitude and appreciation.
Leah Grams Johnson
songwriter
That summer in New Mexico, I grieved the distance between who I was, and I thought I’d be, at that point in my life. It was the most powerful and transformative three months I’ve ever experienced— guiding me back to the raw wilderness of my own intuition, as an artist and as a woman.
Robert Kostka
painter
[1975] The Foundation continues to be an important aspect of my work... I always seem to develop new ideas, new themes and approaches while I'm here. Perhaps just as important, I discard the old ones as well. I am grateful to the Foundation for all it has contributed to my personal growth.
Lane Abernathy
contemporary
My time at the Wurlitzer foundation was not only personally and artistically transformational, but the most creative period of my career. It's simply impossible to put into words the experience of living on the campus, surrounded by the sublime beauty of Taos and northern New Mexico. Following the footsteps of some of the world's greatest artists to Taos, with the support and generosity of everyone at the Wurlitze...
Raegan Payne
playwright
The time I spent at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation was full of healing and progress. Taos is an easy place to fall in love with, and I left Taos with not only a place in which I can forever seek sanctuary, but also a group of lifelong friends. The residency is an invaluable experience and a gift to artists around the world.
Ellen Koment
painter
Now a working artist in Santa Fe for twenty years, I thank Wurlitzer Foundation for introducing me to this most beautiful part of the world. My association with the foundation as well as the other artists has been life changing. I have been working primarily in Encaustic for the last twenty years, and throughout this time the magnificent New Mexico landscape, as well as the Santa Fe art world have been instrumenta...
Jane Isakson
painter
From September through December 2018 I had the pleasure to participate in the Helene Wurlitzer Artist Residency. This was an amazing opportunity to think and experiment and find clarity of focus as I embark upon creating a new body of work. The landscape and community and fellow artist residents made for a supportive and simulating environment. I can only describe my time there as magical.
Andrea Fuhrman
painter
The stars. The quiet. The black widow spiders by the window outside. The large tables, paint and collage material, while I listen to the Native American radio station. The newspaper that lists arts events, exhibitions, openings. The sky and enormous billowing clouds. The altitude, drinking water, and more water. The 50 year old adobe dust, and my sneezes! The great natural bread at the grocery store. Friendly inte...
Lauren Mantecon
visual arts
My time in residency was productive in a non-traditional way. The atmosphere, support and space became a refuge after an extremely turbulent time in my life. The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation became my entrance to New Mexico which has since become my home; as seeds planted for the next chapter to my art making career. I was able to not only reflect but make work in what I considered a sanctuary of " place".
Fred Smith
painter
I was honored and delighted to be awarded the Wurlitzer Residency. Having visited New Mexico over many years, by living and painting in Taos for three months, I was inspired and stimulated by the land, the people, the arts community, and the comradery of my fellow resident artists.
(Laurie) Franciszka Voeltz
poet
When director Michael Knight told my fellow residents and I that our time at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation was to be used in whatever way best serves work and our selves (whether that meant sleeping for three months or writing every day for ten hours a day or anywhere in between), I took it to heart. It was precisely that kind of non-pressure, generous support and trust that allowed me to push through some major...
Louise Minks
painter
I really became embedded in the Taos area while I was at the Wurlitzer and especially so because my project was about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. I relished my days of exploring the region,hours of research in the public library and becoming comfortable with a town full of cultural material so different from my Midwestern and New England experience. I became so attached to New Mexico that I determined to "find a ...
Tom Cho
writer
Definitely among the top artist residencies that I have done. The setting is near-perfect: a town that is rich in arts and culture, with access to much natural beauty. Each artist lives in their own casita and has twelve weeks of uninterrupted time to devote to their process. Delving into the foundation's long and fruitful history of nurturing artists made me all the more humbled to be part of this residency progr...
Pauline West
writer
I will be grateful all my life for the gift of time provided to me by the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and for the profound kindness of Nic Knight and my fellow artists in residence. This is a special place to grow.
Kathleen Kelly
poet
Serenity. Productivity. Generosity... Apt descriptors of the three months I lived and wrote as a poet-resident at Casita #10S. Pink-kissed mornings inspired aubades, the magpies’ constant chatter influenced the aural sensibility of my new work, and the ever-pervasive pinyon distilled an acute sense of olfactory responsibility in my verse... This time—seemingly enchanted and surreal yet nonetheless real--create...
Debra Kaye
music composition
I am ever-grateful for the opportunity to be at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. The respect and confirmation for my work early in my career, helped me honor myself as an artist. The gift of unfettered time in such a beautiful place and the sense of community with the other residents, fed my creativity. The experience continues to inspire my artistic life with a sense of openness to this day.
Anne Sanow
writer
Arriving in Taos during the quiet stillness of winter set the tone for a contemplative, productive writing season for me. The Wurlitzer Foundation provided a lovely place to make progress on a long-term project and to become acquainted with the town, the mountains, and the history all around me. It's true that there is something magical in this place.
George Scott MacLeod
painter
I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico twice as young artist. The residencies gave me the focused time I needed to develop my skills and shape my ideas. I carry the incredible residency experiences, memories and colleagues with me. It was a life changing experience which I reflect on with great fondness. Thank you HWF and staff for making it all such a def...
Tanya Husain Palit
songwriter
My winter at the Wurlitzer Foundation was deeply transformational. Having time and space for creative reflection and learning about the indigenous history of this area has forever changed me and my perspective as a settler on this land. I am so grateful to the Foundation and to the Pueblo people, their ancestors and descendants.
Earl Stroh
painter
I feel deeply grateful for all that the Foundation has done for me over the years and am very sure that my development as an artist would no be nearly so advanced if it had not been for the many opportunities and great aid offered my by your help. [from a letter dated September 3rd, 1962]
Kenneth Fuchs
classical
I had the most extraordinary experience as a fellow at HWF during the summer of 1988. I fell in love with the Land of Enchantment and have returned to New Mexico many times since. I am pleased to tell you that my fifth Naxos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra won the 2018 GRAMMY Award in the most coveted category, Best Classical Compendium
Susan Smereka
visual arts
Time, space, place and people - this convergence at HWF was life-altering. The freedom I experienced allowed my work to change in ways I didn't anticipate. Connections to other artists - now friends, has been an added bonus.
Nicole Schmölzer
painter
I keep thinking about my two Wurlitzer experiences and they are still very much alive. So many years later, the memories are not only still nourishing, but I feel deeply grateful to Helene for having had such a great vision and for still finding the right people who are able to continue her legacy in such a unique and understanding dedication to her will and to the creative people. A real gift.
Lourdes Bernard
painter
This residency had a profound impact on me and my work. The Wurlitzer Foundation's mission is a gift of time to artists and I will always be grateful for the space and support this fellowship generously offers. The setting is historic and the landscape is breathtaking. I was there during the winter and it helped me to fall in love with winter....the stillness and quiet coaxed new ways of making work and re-ignite...
John Anton
writer
For me, spending another summer in Taos in Mrs. Wurlitzer's company meant the reaffirmation in my faith in culture.
Natacha Sels
writer
These three months of legitimate leave were grandiose. I finally tasted the state of serendipity, this opening that allows to discover what we do not seek! The first residency allowed me to reconnect with my child's soul and to understand that the game is a royal road to creativity and trust. And during the second, I was able to work with concentration on a novel that will soon be published here in France.
Nell Cohen
classical
During my residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, I came into a different pace of living and of creativity. Arriving from bustling New York City, I discovered Taos's unmistakeable ease. This place encouraged a spaciousness and clarity of thought in my composing process. Sitting on the porch of my cozy casita, enjoying the scent of petrichor and cottonwoods after one of Taos's summer afternoon rainstorms, I s...
Lucy Bledsoe
writer
An amazing residency. Wonderful.
Loraine Veeck
painter
With the beautiful surroundings of Taos New Mexico as inspiration, I found my stay as a resident in Casita #1 very productive. Nic Knight and the staff at Wurlitzer were very supportive of my needs, and my residency will stand out as a wonderful memory in the years to come.
Allie ('Blue') Armstrong
songwriter
My time at the Wurlitzer Foundation was paramount to the recording of my first album. Here I was able to unplug, rest, meditate, and find the energy that manifested into the completion of 5 compositions. The residency had an incredible warmth thanks to Nic Knight and his family, and to the beautiful residents whom I shared a term with. I'm so grateful to the Foundation for allowing me the space and time to create....
Aaron Brown
painter
I would highly recommend the Wurlitzer Foundation residency to any artist. Helene Wurlitzer knew exactly what she was doing when she structured the program to provide maximum creative freedom, with minimal expectation. The time spent at my casita and with my fellow residents was pleasant, positive and productive. I'm very grateful for the experience.
Virginia Barrett
poet
I feel very blessed to have twice been a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow (1997, 2017). My first stay imprinted Taos, and the surrounding landscape, indelibly on my creative psyche. When I returned twenty years later, the feeling only deepened, and has led me into a series of poems focused on the area. I now intend to spend a good deal of my time here; Taos continues to inspire.
Cristina De Gennaro
visual arts
My time at the Wurlitzer Foundation was truly transformative. I am deeply grateful for being given the opportunity to have lived and worked in such a beautiful place with such creative people.
Carol Luc
painter
My six weeks in Taos at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation were incredibly transformative. I "worked like a fiend" and enjoyed every moment, learning so much about the foundation, the city, the culture, the landscape and the region. I can close my eyes and feel it all over again. I met wonderful people, ate great food, planned a party. When I went home I had a new body of work. Thank you so much, HWF, for giving me t...
Pilar Hanson
visual arts
My time at the HWF residency was extraordinary and productive. There were periods of total immersion in my work alongside the enjoyable exchanges with the other residents.
Veronique Maria
filmmaker
From the moment I first heard about the Helen Wurlitzer Residency in Taos and made my application I found myself engaged in an extraordinary and unexpected life changing experience. It has had deep and profound effect on me, my attitude to life and my art practice. I decided to use the three month period to explore 'who am I as a creative woman, when I don't have a project, genre, or any other structure to guide...
Judith Arcana
poet
My first stay was a kind of paradise -- and my second stay was another kind of paradise. Whenever I think of those weeks and months, I am awash in gratitude.
Vineetha Mokkil
writer
The residency at the Wurlitzer is a gift I'll always treasure. The magic of Taos continues to influence my life and work. After having spent a very productive three months there, I'm convinced no other place or community on earth cherishes creative spirits with such kindness and generosity.
Robin Cole
visual arts
My time with the Wurlitzer Foundation was transformative in so many ways. There, during my uninterrupted working hours, I developed a new mixed media drawing technique that I still use and teach, and continued to explore oil painting--relatively new to me at that time, but now my primary medium. The peace and beauty of the landscape and the amazing intellectual and personal company of the other residents were a so...
Roger Aplon
writer
It's very subtle, quick and profound. I'm speaking of the magical transformation, both personally and artistically, that takes place when you arrive in Taos and enter your private casita. This phenomenon has been spoken about and written about by artists of all stripes who have had the pleasure and the honor of being invited to The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation\'s unique settlement. The individual experiences range...
Linda Lightsey Rice
writer
I have been so fortunate to be a resident artist at the Wurlitzer Foundation on several occasions, and these residencies have had a profound impact on my creative life. I completed portions of my second novel here in Taos, and many friendships formed at the Wurlitzer have influenced how I see my own work as well as the role of the artist in general. The near-pastoral setting of the artist casitas, the foundation's...
Colleen Morton Busch
writer
My stay in HWF was a long time ago, just after I’d returned from living in Beijing. I needed a place to lay down the foundations of a manuscript about my experience in China. HWF gave me the gift of time and space, and the bonus of being surrounded by beauty and artistic fellowship. I set that manuscript aside to work on other projects, but recently, I rescued it from a drawer and knew exactly what I needed to d...
Susan Richards
painter
A wonderful experience in all categories. New friends, beautiful adventures and the start on a new path in my work.
Anna Badkhen
writer
I am grateful for the quiet thinking time the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico afforded me in spring of 2019. The semi-seclusion and the near-monastic infrastructure provided a marvelous excuse to focus on nothing but word for the almost three months of the residency. It gladdens me to imagine the artists who will create in this space in the future--perhaps at the very same desk overlooking the very same ...
Robert C Ellis
painter
My Wurlitzer Foundation grant has given me the time and freedom to study myself and my painting. It has given me time for concentrated creativity, time to select the best from my experiences both past and present.
Dienke Nauta
visual arts
The work period at the Wurlitzer has had a huge impact on me and my work. It gave me back my work flow and it has brought me a more playful and organic approach. I can't live without creating. The fact that I was able to create without the pressure of an upcoming show or having to work my night job, gave me such a breather. Art is Spirit. I saw that in one of Helene Wurlitzer's rooms of the main house, where the D...
Jeffrey Salloway
writer
What a privilege to join an elite group of artists, immersed in expression, sharing in fellowship!
Tana Wojczuk
writer
This experience entirely changed my life. It was my first residency, I was leaving an abusive relationship and finally trying to write full=time. I've since been writing and teaching writing and my first book comes out this July! Thank you.
Rob Scheps
classical
The Wurlitzer Foundation is a hidden gem. The program is fantastic; Taos is amazing, and I composed a lot of good music there that I still perform. Michael Knight was a great residency director, and I learned a lot about New Mexico being there.
Carolyn Gage
playwright
This residency gave me time... three months of time. I was not only able to move forward with new work, but I also had the luxury to finish up those dozens of projects that had been "hanging fire" for years. Invaluable!
Susan Lloyd
writer
Thank you for providing a space of tranquility and inspiration during my various sojourns there. It has always been a relief to arrive at one of the Wurlitzer casitas where I know I can concentrate on my writing and photography free of distractions--so rare and so necessary if one is to get serious about one's work.
Jessamine Chan
writer
My three months at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation were the happiest, most fulfilling, and most productive of my life. I’ve been home for seven months now, and every single day I think, with great longing, about Taos, my casita, my desk, the view from my window, the mountains, and the walk through town. I miss the sense of time expanding and I miss the light. You’ll see the most beautiful sunsets in Taos, and ...
Millee Tibbs
photographer
My time at the Wurlitzer Foundation has been one of my most productive residencies and rewarding artistic experiences. Northern New Mexico is an absolutely enchanting place that I hope to return to again and again.
Cheryl Durden
writer
I enjoyed a 5-month writing residency at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico - 1/97 through 6/97. This was, I believe, the first winter that the foundation's homes were open to residents. I didn't understand it at the time, but my stay at HWF was the perfect transition stop; it became the crossroads of my life and key to making the decision to leave the corporate world and connect more fully with ...
Eleanor Guilliatt
painter
I brought away from Taos a new and delicious sense of abject dedication which is largely due to John Anton and Mrs. Wurlitzer; and it is for this new dimension of understanding that I am writing to thank you. I brought chaos to Taos and took directed wildness away. This is what I needed, and it is what the Foundation environment and Taos gave me.
Kathleen Edwards
visual arts
My time at the foundation has been an enormous and deeply appreciated gift. Quiet, undistracted focus in the studio allowed my work to grow like a pot-bound tree placed into the ground.
Howard Sherman
visual arts
Wonderful gift of space and time to focus on my work.
William Malpede
filmscoring
My residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos was one of the most profound and life-changing experiences of my life to date. I would encourage every artist to apply for the Residency. The solitude, and the gift of time to reflect, work, and soul search combined with the special energy of Taos provides a truly unique experience!
Karen Kevorkian
poet
I love the quiet and solitude of the casitas. I came to love the town and the state. I found here much to think and write about. It’s become physically necessary to return to Taos as often as I can.
Jean Francis
visual arts
In 2013 I was awarded a 3 month fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos. This was a profound experience for me as an artist. Time to spend away from my life in Canada, pursue and concentrate on the work, experience another environment and it just allowed time. The wonderful support and kindness from Michael Knight is a memory that stays with me. I am grateful for the time.
Eileen Tabios
writer
I am appreciative of and grateful for my time at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
Jean-Marc Felzenszwalbe
painter
Taos light, talking with Henry Sauerwein will allways stay in my memory as an inspiring moment.
Rafaël Leloup
filmscoring
HWF is an amazing oasis where time stops and allows one to focus solely on their work for a few months. With so little distractions, such an amazing environment, gorgeous views, and clear air, I was able to finish many personal projects that were always set aside when in my regular workplace. I wish a similar experience to all future residents. Thanks to everyone at the Foundation!
Jean Fineberg
contemporary
My time in Taos at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation was magical. The mountains, the people, and the air itself were infused with the engaging history of Taos, which I felt that wherever I went. I loved our resident planned Friday night hangouts. I value the discussions of our artistic practices, especially those in other disciplines. I think we all felt closer to each other and to all our art forms. Nic Knight wa...
Larry Calcagno
painter
...There were lots of people at the opening and both shows look good! - But I'm exhausted and am looking forward to just painting and some peace and quiet again. I shall busy myself preparing for an April show... I am grateful for the opportunities in my work that the Foundation has made possible. [from 1973 letter to H.A.S.]
Barbara Claus
visual arts
When I was invited to attend the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation residency, in 2008, it was a crucial period in my artistic path. I so needed time to reconnect with studio practice and it gave me a great opportunity to trust myself, experiment different things and find new confidence in my work. I also enjoyed very much the casita, the natural environment, cycling, going to the farmer’s market, visiting museums, art...
Meredith Wilder
songwriter
The summer of 2017 was an invaluable experience, to be surrounded by the beauty of the desert and the energy of the other artists in residence. Once I set up my recording gear and sat down at the grand piano with the sole purpose of writing new music, creativity started filling every corner of the casita. There is something magical about Taos and Helene Wurlitzer's legacy and I would recommend this to every artist...
Lex Williford
writer
If it had not been for Wurlitzer, I may not have written all the flash fiction in my award-winning chapbook, Superman on the Roof, which will also be part of the longer book I’ve been working on. I’m grateful for the time and solitude Wurlitzer has allowed me to continue my work.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain
poet
I think of my time in Taos with such gratitude, fondness, and joy: the quiet and mountains and friendships . . . I am much grateful to the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for bringing this special place and its kind soul(s) into my life. Merci beaucoup.
Peggy Diggs
visual arts
Of the residencies I've had, the Wurlitzer was ideally designed. To have my own house, my own studio, and a group of equally independent colleagues made for a situation where I could work intensively in isolation, do things with others when the mood hit, and focus focus focus. Those choices were so important to me. The good length of time, 3 months, also enabled that period of settling in to happen and then a soli...
Steven Schneider
poet
My residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation was truly transformative and inspirational. I was able to use my time in Casita Number 3 to finish the manuscript for my book The Magic of Mariachi. The executive director at that time, Michael Knight, was extremely helpful and supportive. Moreover, I came to know and love Taos, which has a very special place in my heart. Saludos and Kudos to the Wurlitzer Foundation!
Robert (Bob) Ray
painter
Painting must communicate!
Susan Zimmerman
visual arts
“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” Agnes De Mille, dancer Coming to Taos was the first of many leaps in the dark during my residency as I wandered down many a different road exploring my art. The beautiful light of Taos that ...
Anjana Appachana
writer
Being at Wurlitzer was like a long meditation. It allowed me to reach another level of consciousness and to live and work in this space for over three months. From here flowed my writing, and oh, how it flowed.
Dorothy Englander
painter
What a magical and life-altering experience I had, from mid April-mid July 2008. My work is still influenced by those days. Fellowship with so many creative people has led to life-long friendships. Sending the foundation my deepest appreciation, Dorothy Englander
Charles Hamm
classical
In addition to the work I managed to get done this summer and the ideas I was exposed to, I feel enormously refreshed. I feel optimistic about the coming year and capable of getting even more done.
Andrew Porter
writer
I absolutely loved my time at The Wurlitzer Foundation. I can't think of a more inspiring or supportive environment in the country.
Lorna Ritz
painter
I had to get special permission from the Pueblo Chief; turns out he was watching me from day one, awed that I could stay so still for all those hours each day standing at my easel. I ended up giving him a drawing of Taos Mountain which is his religion, which then became mine the more I drew it. I had been pulling my easel and drawing board all throughout the landscape searching for composition, (on a bright hot p...
Maggie Graber
poet
I cherish the time I spent in Taos and think of it often. I was moved by the mountains, the adobe, the painters, the desert, the hot springs, by the story of Helene Wurlitzer herself -- a woman who found herself in the Southwest, wanting to support the creative lives of artists, writers, musicians, anyone who feels called to create something.
Michio Takayama
painter
Since we came to Taos in April of this year, we have been spending our most happy time in accumulating ideas for our work. During our stay in Taos I would like to make a new phase of my career. Now I am learning everything from the beautiful "Nature" in Taos. This beauty of Taos is probably impossible to capture in a short time... I have been overwhelmed with the beauty and majesty of New Mexico.
Arnito Fillion
music composition
This residency time at HWF was such a great experience. The campus provides such a perfect surrounding for creating in peace, with a very positive philosophy and deep concern about each artist well-being. Certainly one of the most productive time of my life !
Rita Ciresi
writer
It was a great privilege to spend two months in Taos as a fellow at the Wurlitzer Foundation. I finished a novel and generated the first draft of another while in residence. I am so grateful to the Foundation!
Erik Jackson
playwright
My time at the Wurlitzer Foundation was absolutely transformational. The location is idyllic, the support is absolute, and inspiration is everywhere. I loved being able to set my own schedule and to socialize as much or as little as I desired. The wonderful casitas are close enough to the town when you need to run errands, stock up on groceries, get coffee or a bite—but they have the feeling of being off the bea...
Hee Sook Kim
visual arts
The residency in the Wurlitzer Foundation has transformed my artistic path every time I was in. The time was just inspiring and atmosphere was magical. I always enthusiastically recommend the residency to my fellow artists. The surrounding with Taos mountain is surreal.
Frank Avella
playwright
In many respects, my residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation saved my life. This is not hyperbole. I wasn't even certain I would be able to accept the residency. My mamma had fallen very ill. She died a few days before I was scheduled to leave. I was beyond devastated. The day after the memorial, my husband packed me up into my Jeep and insisted I take the trek to Taos. And what a trek. I drove into TWO typho...
C. Robert Jones
playwright
My three months in Taos at the Foundation were an incredible experience--giving me time to focus entirely on writing I LIKE IT HERE! which was published shortly thereafter. Casita # 8 was charming, a lovely little home. I'm especially grateful for the TLC of Michael and Tonie Knight who were sensational to all of us during our stay.
Tim Houghton
poet
Wurlitzer is awesome. It's the only place where I want to work.
Leandro Vesco
writer
One of the best moments of my life, I spent in the Casitas of the Foundation, writing, and then walking and talking with so many friends! Greetings to everyone from Buenos Aires, especially Michael Knight, whom I always remember.
Maria Anderson
writer
My stay at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation was incredible. The time and space given to us there was a great gift. Three months really gives you the time to delve deeply into projects, and I was able to begin a novel I've been thinking about for some time. I also revised short stories for my collection. Back at home in Bozeman, Montana, I'm still daydreaming of my desk in my casita, of long runs on the trails near ...
N. Scott Momaday
writer
This is to greet you warmly and to thank you sincerely for your generous assistance. I do indeed very much appreciate the accommodations you made available to me. Not only were they comfortable; they were exactly appropriate to my purpose, and I got a lot of work done. To tell you the truth, I miss the rituals of getting out of my Taos bed and opening the curtains on that splendid view of snow falling in the tre...
Kathleen Heideman
poet
Remembering my terrific residency with the Wurlitzer Foundation, luminous sunset memories of Taos flood the mind — the arms-flung-wide light over Taos. I recall peace and clarity of thought, the sense that each studio-casita was a small hive in which wild-buzzing creative ideas were distilled into honey. Best of all, I arrived with storage boxes of handwritten drafts and left with manuscripts and clarity! It was...
Ron Strickland
writer
I remember my time at Wurlitzer with great fondness. New energy infused my work. Insights from that period continue to enliven my recent writing.
Devreaux Baker
poet
I feel fortunate to be in residence at the Wurlitzer for many reasons. Not only does it afford me the time to work undisturbed but it also allows me the space in which to be continually inspired by the work of a diverse range of artists, musicians and writers who make up the town of Taos. What greater gift for an artist than to have the solitude to create in a landscape that continually inspires.
Ferdinand Rosa
painter
A truly inspirational moment in my life! Thank you Helene Wurlitzer for your ongoing gift to the Arts in America.
Michael Pearson
writer
Taos is a place filled with magic, and the Wurlitzer Foundation makes that magic real for artists of all kinds. From the first moment I entered the town, saw the fiery sky and the holy mountains, felt the history and the cultures, I knew I was home.




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HWF Artists

2020
Laura
Bennett
photographer
Mattie
Brown
filmmaker
Amy
Casey
painter
Xavier
Hamel
filmmaker
Lola
Huitt
visual arts
Ling-lin
Ku
sculptor
Corwin
Levi
visual arts
Cynthia
Madansky
painter
Cynthia
Mason
sculptor
2019
Shawn
Demarest
painter
Rebecca
Harrell
painter
Sarah
Jacobs
painter
Janke
Klompmaker
sculptor
Nuttaphol
Ma
filmmaker
John
Melvin
sculptor
Susannah
Mira
sculptor
Alexandra
Smith
painter
Loraine
Veeck
painter
Susan
Zimmerman
visual arts
2018
Tom
Birkner
painter
Aaron
Brown
painter
Anna
Cox
painter
David
Fenster
filmmaker
Tom
Holmes
visual arts
Jane
Isakson
painter
Lordscience
Jones
painter
June
Lee
sculptor
Karl
Nussbaum
filmmaker
Debbie
Rubin
painter
Hope
Tucker
filmmaker
Meghan
Wilbar
painter
2017
Sheila
Barcik
visual arts
David
Fenster
filmmaker
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Cynthia
Madansky
painter
Terri
McNaughton
photographer
Karen
Miranda-Rivadeneira
visual arts
Chris
Mooney
painter
Haley
Nannig
painter
Gianna
Paniagua
sculptor
Maaman
Rezaee
filmmaker
Solange
Roberdeau
photographer
2016
Allison
Cekala
filmmaker
Kathleen
Edwards
visual arts
Emily
Fraser
filmmaker
Shea
Hembrey
painter
Beth
Kleene
painter
Neerja
Kothari
painter
Corwin
Levi
visual arts
Afton
Love
painter
Jessica
Maffia
painter
Anna
Magruder
painter
Fred
Smith
painter
E.M.
Spairow
filmmaker
2015
Ariel
Gout
visual arts
JoEllyn
Loehr
painter
Anna
Magruder
painter
Phil
Putnam
painter
Susan
Richards
painter
Solange
Roberdeau
photographer
Val
Sivilli
painter
Millee
Tibbs
photographer
Olga
Ziemska
sculptor
2014
Lola
Huitt
visual arts
Manuel
Lau
visual arts
Mara
Lonner
visual arts
Veronique
Maria
filmmaker
Ross
McLean
visual arts
Jacqueline
Norheim
visual arts
Joel
Phillips
visual arts
Miranda
Putman
visual arts
Sheryl
Reily
visual arts
Karen
Schiff
visual arts
Beth
Shipley
visual arts
Robin
Cole
visual arts
2013
Sheila
Barcik
visual arts
Lourdes
Bernard
painter
Jean
Francis
visual arts
Naoko
Ito
visual arts
Dottie
Moore
visual arts
Allan
Packer
visual arts
Mary
Proenza
visual arts
Nicole
Schmölzer
painter
Shirley
Tipping
visual arts
Ophra
Yerushalmi
filmmaker
Sung Won
Yun
visual arts
2012
David
Alexander
visual arts
Elizabeth
Burger
visual arts
Susan
D'Amato
visual arts
Pam
Daum
photographer
Cristina
De Gennaro
visual arts
Betsy
Kuhn
visual arts
Lauren
Mantecon
visual arts
Karen
Miranda-Rivadeneira
visual arts
Liza
Myers
visual arts
Howard
Sherman
visual arts
Cathryn
Smith
filmmaker
Katherine
Sullivan
visual arts
2011
Michael
Brodeur
visual arts
Peggy
Diggs
visual arts
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Brooks
Girsch
visual arts
Pilar
Hanson
visual arts
Janke
Klompmaker
sculptor
Maka
Maka
filmmaker
Gabrielle
Mayer
visual arts
Barbara
Mehlman
visual arts
Cindy
Stillwell
filmmaker
Hannah
Stippl
visual arts
2010
Lani
Asher
visual arts
Marie
Baille
visual arts
Cristina
De Gennaro
visual arts
Pamela
Dodds
visual arts
Christy
Georg
visual arts
Christine
Hiebert
visual arts
Lola
Huitt
visual arts
Ethan
Jackson
visual arts
Hee Sook
Kim
visual arts
Melissa
McCutcheon
visual arts
Carol
Sloan
visual arts
Gabriella
Soraci
visual arts
Teresa
Tamura
visual arts
2009
Kate
Atkin
visual arts
Nancy
Cohen
visual arts
Su
Geringer
visual arts
Susan
Gladstone
visual arts
Sara
Hanlon
visual arts
Jeanette
Koumjian
painter
Rebecca
Layton
visual arts
John
Lorence
visual arts
Gretchen Jane
Mentzer
visual arts
Dottie
Moore
visual arts
Samuel
Nigro
visual arts
Sara
Petras
visual arts
Celia
Reisman
visual arts
Hazel
Walker
visual arts
2008
Elizabeth
Blau
painter
Barbara
Claus
visual arts
Robert M
Ellis
painter
Dorothy
Englander
painter
Allan
Packer
visual arts
Yulia
Pinkusevich
painter
Gloria
Ruenitz
photographer
Nicole
Schmölzer
painter
Susan
Smereka
visual arts
Marq
Sutherland
photographer
Shirley
Tipping
visual arts
2007
Karen
Aqua
filmmaker
Donna
Caulton
painter
Marie-Hélène
Cauvin
painter
Maxwell
Goodman
photographer
Sachiko
Hamada
filmmaker
Pilar
Hanson
visual arts
Dienke
Nauta
visual arts
Alice
Price
painter
Ferdinand
Rosa
painter
Marsha
Slomowitz
painter
Kerry
Stevens
painter
Kim
Thoman
painter
2006
Ilya
Artamonov
painter
Suzanne
Benton
visual arts
Hannah
Cole
painter
Kathleen
Edwards
visual arts
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Eleanor
Goldstein
painter
Sonja
Hinrichsen
visual arts
Whit
Johnston
filmmaker
Carol
Luc
painter
Mary
Proenza
visual arts
Lorna
Ritz
painter
Chris
Rush
painter
Catherine
Young Bates
painter
2005
Jojo
Ans
photographer
Geoffrey
Detrani
painter
Jake
Gilson
painter
John
Graham
painter
Suzanne
Kanatsiz
photographer
Julia
Masaoka
painter
Andres
Monteagudo
painter
Dottie
Moore
visual arts
Carol
Sloane
painter
Colette
Standish
painter
Catherine
Young Bates
painter
2004
Teresa
Cullen
painter
Candice
Eisenfeld
painter
Susan
Kendrot
painter
Brigitte
Kornetzky
filmmaker
Mark
Lavatelli
painter
Elizabeth
Motlow
photographer
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
Bob
Tyson
photographer
Lisa
Weiss
painter
Mary Ann
Wentworth
painter
2003
Sharon
Allocotti
visual arts
Jojo
Ans
photographer
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Jeff
Davis
painter
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Danielle
Hauss
painter
Hee Sook
Kim
visual arts
Xaverio Javier
Munoz Bullejos
painter
2002
Kelley
Bush
painter
Caryn
Friedlander
photographer
Martha
Hayden
painter
Brett
Raphael
visual arts
Marjory
Reid
painter
Pablo
Romano
filmmaker
Marius
Starkey
painter
Angela
Willcocks
painter
2001
Peter
Colquhoun
painter
Rosalyn
Driscoll
sculptor
George Scott
MacLeod
painter
Greg
Montreuil
painter
Glen
Rogers Perrotto
painter
2000
Joseph
Almyda
painter
Cynthia
Backs
painter
Susan
Balboni
photographer
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Sandra
Dal Poggetto
painter
Carol
Dolan
painter
Beth
Easterly
visual arts
Danielle
Hauss
painter
Isabella
Jacob
painter
Jacek
Maczynski
photographer
Marjory
Reid
painter
1999
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Lisa
Creed
painter
Andrea
Fuhrman
painter
Isabella
Jacob
painter
Gisela
Romero
painter
Mary Ann
Wentworth
painter
1998
Willy
Garver
painter
Louise
Minks
painter
Carol
Mode
painter
Carol
Nolte
photographer
Mary
Nomecos
painter
Susan
Smereka
visual arts
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
Mary Ann
Wentworth
painter
Krzysztofa
Zwierz-Ciok
painter
1997
Jane
Brite
visual arts
June
Edmonds
painter
John
Martin
painter
Susan
Metzger
photographer
Louise
Minks
painter
Carol
Nolte
photographer
Barbara
Schaefer
painter
Colette
Standish
painter
Bob
Tyson
photographer
Mary Ann
Wentworth
painter
Krzysztofa
Zwierz-Ciok
painter
1996
Kenneth
Baird
painter
Kira
Corser
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Willy
Garver
painter
Eiko
Kijima
painter
Denis
Lowson
painter
George Scott
MacLeod
painter
Carol
Nolte
photographer
Joanna
Priestley
filmmaker
Evelyn
Ruesseler
photographer
Benjamin
Sahl
painter
Laurinda
Stockwell
photographer
Bob
Tyson
photographer
1995
Alice
Andrews
painter
Kenneth
Baird
painter
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Christopher
Davis
painter
Colette
Standish
painter
1994
Alice
Andrews
painter
Melvyn
Ettrick
painter
David
Harris
painter
Sherri
Hollaender
painter
William
Kelley
filmmaker
Ellen
Koment
painter
Gigi
Meyer
painter
James
Miller
filmmaker
1993
Clark
Baughan
painter
Nancy
Brown
painter
Theresa
Connelly
filmmaker
Christopher
Davis
painter
Melvyn
Ettrick
painter
Sachiko
Hamada
filmmaker
Bob
Paris
filmmaker
Jim
Rosen
painter
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
May
Stevens
painter
1992
Joyce
Crain
painter
Melvyn
Ettrick
painter
Jeanne
Ladewig-Goodman
painter
1991
Michael
Berman
painter
Melvyn
Ettrick
painter
Sydney
Hamburger
sculptor
Ellen
Koment
painter
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Sabra
Moore
painter
1990
Frances
Buschke
painter
Ruffin
Cooper
photographer
Jeff
Falick
painter
Jean-Marc
Felzenszwalbe
painter
Kathleen
Ferguson
sculptor
Sandra
Lerner
painter
Felice
Lesser
visual arts
Jorg
Rechenrich
painter
Linda
Whitaker
visual arts
1989
Nancy
Brown
painter
Ruffin
Cooper
photographer
Kathleen
Ferguson
sculptor
Kyung-Lim
Lee
painter
Sandra
Lerner
painter
Felice
Lesser
visual arts
Sabra
Moore
painter
1988
Christopher
Davis
painter
Sydney
Hamburger
sculptor
Peter
Josyph
painter
Roger
Mignon
painter
Sabra
Moore
painter
Sienna
Sanderson
painter
1987
Michael
Besh
painter
Jean-Marc
Felzenszwalbe
painter
Sienna
Sanderson
painter
1986
Joseph
Almyda
painter
Catherine
Correa
painter
Nadine
DeLawernce-Maine
visual arts
Ellen
Koment
painter
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Garry
Mitchell
painter
Sabra
Moore
painter
1985
Joseph
Almyda
painter
Catherine
Correa
painter
Kathleen
Ferguson
sculptor
Linda
Whitaker
visual arts
1984
Sydney
Hamburger
sculptor
Judy
Loeb
painter
Theresa
Ramey
painter
Paul
painter
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Rita
Sutcliffe
sculptor
1983
Frances
Buschke
painter
Catherine
Correa
painter
Amy
Kasai
visual arts
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Mary
Nomecos
painter
Sienna
Sanderson
painter
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Rita
Sutcliffe
sculptor
1982
Zoe
Apostolides
painter
Frances
Buschke
painter
Catherine
Correa
painter
Allan
Greedy
visual arts
Paul
painter
Erica
Rutherford
visual arts
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Gregory
Sundburg
painter
1981
Zoe
Apostolides
painter
Ty
Bowman
photographer
Allan
Greedy
visual arts
Erica
Rutherford
visual arts
Gregory
Sundburg
painter
1980
Michael
Besh
painter
Lorna
Bieber
painter
Harriet
Fristoe
painter
Allan
Greedy
visual arts
Charles
Kibby
photographer
Robert
Kostka
painter
Kevin
Mullins
painter
Elinor
Roberts
Gerald
Sherman
sculptor
1979
John
Brown
painter
Frances
Buschke
painter
Barbara
Holland
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Robert B
Miller
photographer
Stuart
Rich
painter
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Stella
Snead
photographer
Rita
Sutcliffe
sculptor
Claire
Trotter
photographer
1978
John
Brown
painter
Frances
Buschke
painter
Noël
DeGaetano
painter
Peggy
Diggs
visual arts
Edward
Epping
painter
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Barbara
Holland
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Sandra
Lerner
painter
Franklyn
Liegel
painter
Judy
Loeb
painter
Robert B
Miller
photographer
Jim
Rosen
painter
Richard
Titlebaum
painter
Claire
Trotter
photographer
1977
Susan
Angier
painter
John
Brown
painter
Janet
Cohen
painter
Noël
DeGaetano
painter
Peggy
Diggs
visual arts
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Judy
Loeb
painter
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Dolores
Pacileo
photographer
Carol
Ross
painter
Warren
Tanner
painter
Richard
Titlebaum
painter
1976
John
Brown
painter
Blanche
Dombek
painter
Fay
Evans
painter
Charlotte
Hastings
painter
Robert
Kabak
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
James
Montford
painter
Ann
Moul
painter
Jim
Rosen
painter
Carol
Ross
painter
1975
Ann
Crombie
painter
Conley
Harris
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Judy
Loeb
painter
Dolores
Pacileo
photographer
Lynda
Rothbard
painter
Hyde
Solomon
painter
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
1974
Russell
Adams
painter
Larry
Calcagno
painter
Ann
Crombie
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Gary
Mauro
painter
Dolores
Pacileo
photographer
Lynda
Rothbard
painter
Hyde
Solomon
painter
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
1973
Russell
Adams
painter
Larry
Calcagno
painter
Robert
Kabak
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Clinton
Loomis
painter
Gary
Mauro
painter
Mike
Selig
painter
Martin
Sherman
painter
Hyde
Solomon
painter
Mildred
Tolbert
photographer
1972
Larry
Calcagno
painter
John
Fincher
painter
Clinton
Loomis
painter
Mike
Selig
painter
Mildred
Tolbert
photographer
1971
Joann
Kindt
painter
Robert
Kostka
painter
Muriel
Laguna
painter
David
Rodgers
sculptor
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
1970
Ralph
Christiansen
painter
Catherine
Fels
painter
Robert
Kabak
painter
Donald
Kelley
painter
Karen
Palmer
visual arts
David
Rodgers
sculptor
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
1969
Robert
Kabak
painter
Bernard
López
photographer
Marcia
Oliver
painter
Mike
Selig
painter
1968
Claire
Bush
painter
Ralph
Christiansen
painter
Frederick
Hupp
painter
Bernard
López
photographer
Kenneth
Lithgow
painter
Marcia
Oliver
painter
Mike
Selig
painter
Michio
Takayama
painter
1967
Morton
Birkin
painter
Chrystal
Corcos
painter
John
Evans
visual arts
Hugh
Gibson
painter
Frederick
Kackley
painter
Enza
Quargnali
painter
Michio
Takayama
painter
Ian
Whitecross
painter
1966
Donald
Buffington
painter
Chrystal
Corcos
painter
Adeïne
De La Noë
painter
Robert C
Ellis
painter
Hugh
Gibson
painter
Buff
Haney
painter
Frederick
Kackley
painter
Enza
Quargnali
painter
1965
Donald
Buffington
painter
Max
Dimond
photographer
Hugh
Gibson
painter
Hans
Kastler
sculptor
Patrick
Morrison
sculptor
Storm
Townsend
sculptor
Larry
Van Haren
painter
1964
Constance
Current
painter
Helen
Dunham
painter
Walter
Sorge
painter
Storm
Townsend
sculptor
1963
Constance
Current
painter
Helen
Dunham
painter
Walter
Sorge
painter
1962
Robert C
Ellis
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Earl
Stroh
painter
1961
Adeïne
De La Noë
painter
Robert C
Ellis
painter
Dale
Hays
sculptor
Kazik
Pazovski
photographer
Stanley
Quist
painter
Bernard
Segal
sculptor
Earl
Stroh
painter
Elizabeth
Walker
visual arts
1960
William
Acker
painter
Dale
Hays
sculptor
Lenn
Kanenson
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Earl
Stroh
painter
Elizabeth
Walker
visual arts
1959
Alice
Acker-Kool
painter
Andres
Cordova
Roland
Detre
painter
Lenn
Kanenson
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Earl
Stroh
painter
Adriana
Van Gent
painter
1958
Morton
Birkin
painter
Andres
Cordova
Roland
Detre
painter
Lenn
Kanenson
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
1957
Dora
Kaminsky
sculptor
Stanley
Quist
painter
Oli
Sihvonen
painter
1956
Emil
Bisttram
painter
Eleanor
Guilliatt
painter
William
Heaton
sculptor
Dora
Kaminsky
sculptor
Michael
Klein
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Oli
Sihvonen
painter
Earl
Stroh
painter
Adriana
Van Gent
painter
1955
Priscilla
Cata
painter
William
Heaton
sculptor
Oden
Hullenkremer
painter
Dora
Kaminsky
sculptor
Michael
Klein
painter
Agnes
Martin
painter
Sam
Martinez
painter
Edward
Montoya
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Mike
Reyna
visual arts
(Kai-Sa)
Sandy
painter
Gene
Schacklett
painter
Clay
Spohn
painter
George
Sterns
visual arts
1954
Priscilla
Cata
painter
Agnes
Martin
painter
Stanley
Quist
painter
Robert (Bob)
Ray
painter
Gene
Schacklett
painter






Helene's Earlier Years in Taos

Helene Wurlitzer's legacy as a patron of artists began decades before she established the HWF. During these years Helene held close relationships with, and was influential in the careers of many successful artists. She began buying art from Taos artists in the early 1940's, often commissioning pieces from artists known as the Taos Modernists.

Ansel Adams
Photographer
Andrew Dasburg
Painter
Eduardo Rael
Opera Singer
Earl Stroh
Painter
Patrociño Barela
Sculptor
Emil Bisttram
Painter
Tom Benrimo
Painter
Dorothy Brett
Painter
Ira Moskowitz
Painter




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