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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 64 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.

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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
Rudolf Baranick
Poet, 1993
Andrea Clearfield
Classical, 2007
William Malpede
Filmscoring, 2015
Lisa Ko
Writer, 2016
Cynthia Madansky
Painter, 2017
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]
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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!
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 ...
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...
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...
Cristina DeGennaro
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.
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.
Jeffrey Salloway
writer
What a privilege to join an elite group of artists, immersed in expression, sharing in fellowship!
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.
Robert Ray
painter
Painting must communicate!
Susan Richards
painter
A wonderful experience in all categories. New friends, beautiful adventures and the start on a new path in my work.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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...
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!
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.]
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...
Lucy Bledsoe
writer
An amazing residency. Wonderful.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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. I don't recall the number of my casita; it was at the end of Los Panditos. My website is www.dorothyenglander.com Sending the foundation my deepest appreciation, Dorothy Englander
Howard Sherman
visual arts
Wonderful gift of space and time to focus on my work.
(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...
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.
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...
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 ...
Kathy 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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Eileen Tabios
writer
I am appreciative of and grateful for my time at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
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 !
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Nell Shaw 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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.




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HWF Artists

2019
Shawn
Demarest
painter
Rebecca
Harrell
painter
Sarah
Jacobs
painter
Janke
Klompmaker
sculptor
Nuttaphol
Ma
filmmaker
John
Melvin
sculptor
Marina
Michelson
filmmaker
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
Kathy
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
Schmolzer
visual arts
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
DeGennaro
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
Maka
filmmaker
Michael
Brodeur
visual arts
Peggy
Diggs
visual arts
Vernon
Fimple
painter
Brooks
Girsch
visual arts
Pilar
Hanson
visual arts
Janke
Klompmaker
sculptor
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
DeGennaro
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
Schmolzer
visual arts
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
Kathy
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
Kathleen
Ferguson
sculptor
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
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
Pablo
Romano
filmmaker
Marius
Starkey
painter
Angela
Willcocks
painter
2001
Peter
Colquhoun
painter
Rosalyn
Driscoll
sculptor
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
Kathleen
Ferguson
sculptor
Danielle
Hauss
painter
Isabella
Jacob
painter
Jacek
Maczynski
photographer
Marjory
Reid
painter
1999
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Lisa
Creed
painter
Andrea
Furhman
sculptor
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
Scott
MacLeod
painter
John
Martin
painter
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
Artilia
Court
sculptor
Willy
Garver
painter
Eiko
Kijima
painter
Denis
Lowson
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
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
Jim
Rosen
painter
Shirley
Stark
sculptor
May
Stevens
painter
1992
Joyce
Crain
painter
Melvyn
Ettrick
painter
Jean
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
Felzenszwable
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
Felzenszwable
painter
Sienna
Sanderson
painter
1986
Joseph
Almyda
painter
Nadine
DeLawernce-Maine
visual arts
Ellen
Koment
painter
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Garry
Mitchell
painter
Sabra
Moore
painter
1985
Joseph
Almyda
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
Mary
Maughelli
visual arts
Mary
Nomecos
painter
Sienna
Sanderson
painter
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Rita
Sutcliffe
sculptor
1982
Zoe
Apostolides
painter
Frances
Buschke
painter
Allan
Greedy
visual arts
Paul
painter
Erica
Rutherford
visual arts
Hester
Simpson
visual arts
Gregory
Sundburg
painter
1981
Zoe
Apostolides
painter
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


Complete list coming soon...

We're currently digitizing grantee records from 1956-1979. Support this project!

1955
William
Heaton
sculptor
Dora
Kaminsky
sculptor
Agnes
Martin
painter
Sam
Martinez
painter
Edward
Montoya
painter
Mike
Reyna
visual arts
(Kai-Sa)
Sandy
painter
Clay
Spohn
painter
George
Sterns
visual arts
1954
Agnes
Martin
painter
Robert
Ray
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 Bistram
Painter
Tom Benrimo
Painter
Dorothy Brett
Painter
Ira Moskowitz
Painter