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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
Theresa Connelly
Filmmaker, 1993
May Stevens
Painter, 1993
Andrea Clearfield
Classical, 2007
William Malpede
Filmscoring, 2015
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]
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!
Robert Ray
painter
Painting must communicate!
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.
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 ...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
(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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 !
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.
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!
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...
Jeffrey Salloway
writer
What a privilege to join an elite group of artists, immersed in expression, sharing in fellowship!
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.
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 ...
Susan Richards
painter
A wonderful experience in all categories. New friends, beautiful adventures and the start on a new path in my work.
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!
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...
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...
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...
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.]
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.
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.
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.
Lucy Bledsoe
writer
An amazing residency. Wonderful.
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...
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...
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!
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.
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...
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...
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!
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.
Eileen Tabios
writer
I am appreciative of and grateful for my time at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Howard Sherman
visual arts
Wonderful gift of space and time to focus on my 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
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
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.
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.




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2019
Moncho
Alvarado
poet
Maria
Anderson
writer
Anna
Badkhen
writer
Brendan
Bowles
writer
Cyrus
Cassells
poet
Leila
Chatti
poet
Maggie
Graber
poet
Lynda
Horn
writer
Kim
Merrill
playwright
Raegan
Payne
playwright
Andrew
Rincon
playwright
Suzanne
Rivecca
writer
Riccardo
Savini
writer
Deanne
Stillman
writer
Kareem
Tayyar
poet
2018
Devreaux
Baker
poet
Stacey
Balkun
poet
Ben
Benne
playwright
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playwright
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Cho
writer
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writer
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poet
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poet
2017
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writer
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poet
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playwright
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writer
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writer
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poet
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writer
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writer
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writer
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Wyman
writer
2016
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playwright
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writer
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playwright
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Eve
poet
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playwright
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poet
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writer
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writer
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playwright
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playwright
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writer
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O'Hare
poet
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writer
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writer
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Smith
writer
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Stanton
writer
2015
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writer
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writer
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writer
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writer
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poet
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poet
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playwright
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writer
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writer
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writer
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writer
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poet
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poet
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writer
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writer
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writer
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West
writer
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Wilkinson
writer
2014
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Afegbua
poet
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Bodhran
poet
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Cho
writer
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Coulter
writer
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DiPerna
poet
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Groff
poet
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Hardin
playwright
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Kevorkian
poet
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Lindsay
playwright
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writer
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Sposto
writer
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Tannen
writer
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Tauragiene
writer
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Voeltz
poet
2013
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Baker
poet
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Benham
writer
India
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writer
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Darling
poet
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Deconinck
writer
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Kelly
poet
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writer
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playwright
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Raeburn
writer
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writer
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Sels
writer
Davida
Singer
poet
Laura
Wiseman
poet
2012
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Boldaji
writer
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writer
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Euling
playwright
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Jones
playwright
Karen
Kevorkian
poet
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Kinder
writer
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writer
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writer
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Moore
writer
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Moracho
writer
Steven
Schneider
poet
Douglas
Silver
writer
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Swan
writer
Chris
Wallace
writer
2011
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Agresta
writer
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Alvarado
writer
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Bell
writer
James
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poet
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Handler
writer
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Hardy
poet
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Heideman
poet
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Johnson
writer
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Kahn
playwright
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Katz
writer
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Kronenberg
poet
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Lewis
writer
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Quirk
playwright
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Samson
writer
Eliot
Sloan
writer
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Van Ark
poet
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Wang
writer
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Wilson
poet
2010
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Bernitt
playwright
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Boaz
writer
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Campbell
writer
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Folsom
writer
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Gage
playwright
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Isom
writer
Karen
Kevorkian
poet
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King
writer
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Koen
writer
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Krefft
writer
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Kushner
writer
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Orndorff
playwright
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Read
writer
George
Ruenitz
writer
Clifton
Snider
writer
Gyorgyi
Voros
writer
Marie
Watkins
writer
2009
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Adams
writer
Roger
Aplon
writer
Anjana
Appachana
writer
Shelley
Armitage
writer
Devreaux
Baker
poet
Jonathan
Blum
writer
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Hogue
writer
Ellen
Kelley
writer
Jessica
Pallingston
writer
Glenn Aparicio
Parry
writer
Pit
Pinegar
writer
Liza
Porter
writer
Janet
Shannon
writer
Susan
Steinberg
writer
Anita
Sullivan
writer
Joana
Varawa
writer
Patricia
Wakida
writer
2008
Matthew
Barber
writer
Robin
Becker
poet
Margaret
Chula
poet
Daniel
Cooper
writer
Ronald
Jaeger
writer
Sheryl
Kayne
writer
Karen
Kevorkian
poet
Nathaniel
Koehne
poet
Charles
Kondek
playwright
Stacey
Lane
playwright
Linda
Lightsey Rice
writer
Dora
McQuaid
writer
Linda
Moyer
writer
Nicole
Pekarske
poet
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Rico
writer
Bernice
Rohret
playwright
Martha
Roth
writer
Julian
Rubenstein
writer
Willa
Schneberg
writer
John
Sewell
poet
Clark
Smith
writer
Clifton
Snider
writer
Paul
Stein
writer
Gladys
Swan
writer
Alex
Van Ark
poet
2007
Colleen
Anderson
writer
Judith
Arcana
poet
Lucy
Bledsoe
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Michael
Jensen
poet
Dora
McQuaid
writer
Noam
Mor
writer
Michael
Pearson
writer
Andrew
Porter
writer
Diana
Rico
writer
Bernice
Rohret
playwright
Marjorie
Sa'adah
writer
Penelope
Scambly Schott
poet
Debora
Seidman
writer
Deborah
Sideman
writer
Bren
Simmers
poet
Terry
Song
poet
Violeta
Tauragiene
writer
Leslie
Ullman
poet
Susan
Varon
poet
David
Wallace
writer
2006
James
Benedict May
poet
Zina
Camblin
playwright
Andrea
Clark-Mason
writer
Mary
Crow
writer
Isabelle
Deconinck
writer
Jennifer
Donnelly
writer
Mary
Felstiner
writer
Sara
Halprin
poet
Catherine
Hardy
poet
Michael
Jensen
poet
Katie
Kingston
writer
Linda
Lightsey Rice
writer
Doris
Lynch
writer
Liza
Porter
writer
Davida
Singer
poet
Clark
Smith
writer
Rowan
Somerville
writer
Susan
Varon
poet
2005
Elizabeth
Black
writer
Yong-Wook
Chung
writer
William
Clark
poet
Serena
Fox
writer
Serena
Fusek
poet
Jane
Futcher
writer
Veronica
Golos
poet
Christine
Hodak
playwright
Destiny
Kinal
writer
Heather
King
writer
Susan
Lloyd
writer
Dea Adria
Mallin
writer
Patrice
Melnick
writer
Chris
Nelson
playwright
Rich
Orloff
playwright
Penelope
Scambly Schott
poet
Debora
Seidman
writer
Davida
Singer
poet
Frances
Sjoberg
poet
Pauline
Smolin
playwright
Clifton
Snider
writer
Jean
Valentine
writer
Carla
Williams
writer
2004
Austin
Alexis
poet
Rachel
Carpenter
writer
Julia
Connor
poet
Sally
Cooper
writer
Isabelle
Deconinck
writer
Pamela
Frierson
writer
Matthew
Gleeson
writer
Linda
Hattendorf
writer
Susan
Lloyd
writer
Francesca
Marciano
writer
Willa
Schneberg
writer
Davida
Singer
poet
Pauline
Smolin
playwright
Clifton
Snider
writer
Liz
Waldner
poet
2003
Judith
Arcana
poet
Pleasant
DeSpain
writer
Betty
Dobson
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Veronica
Golos
poet
Mark
Greenside
writer
Debra
Gwartney
writer
Matthew
Iribarne
writer
George
Katznelson
writer
Noah
Kupferberg
writer
Patrice
Melnick
writer
Katherine
Miller
writer
Becky
Peterson
poet
Holiday
Reinhorn
writer
Bernice
Rohret
playwright
Magdalene
Smith
writer
Tamara
Teale
writer
Sara
Wendt
writer
2002
Margie
Arnold
writer
Jamie
Cat
writer
Mary
Crow
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Janette
Griffiths
writer
Dylan
Guy
playwright
Cynthia
Hogue
writer
Michael
Jensen
poet
Daphne
Kalotay
writer
Linda
Lightsey Rice
writer
Shiela
Nilva
writer
Liza
Porter
writer
Brian
Siberman
playwright
Michelle
Spring-Moore
poet
Rhoda
Stamell
writer
Susan
Varon
poet
Gail
Waldstein MD
writer
2001
Sandy
Boucher
writer
Gaylord
Brewer
poet
Constance
Crawford
writer
Elizabeth
Evans
writer
Wendy
Fidao
writer
Mark
Greenside
writer
Lois
Hayna
writer
Cynthia
Hogue
writer
Donna
Kaz
playwright
Carolyn
Martone
writer
Fetzer
Mills
writer
James
Nicholson
playwright
Shiela
Nilva
writer
Lisa
Pearson
writer
Roberta
Price
writer
Julie
Regan
writer
Matthew
Rigney
writer
Magdalene
Smith
writer
Eileen
Tabios
writer
Leandro
Vesco
writer
Lex
Williford
writer
2000
Austin
Alexis
poet
Margot
Becker
writer
Sandy
Boucher
writer
T Anders
Carson
writer
Sally
Cooper
writer
Pleasant
DeSpain
writer
Emilia
Dubicki
writer
Serena
Fusek
poet
Christine
Hume
poet
Daphne
Kalotay
writer
Felicia
McKnight
writer
Ian
Stewart
writer
Judith
Strasser
poet
1999
Samuel
Allen
writer
Bay
Anapol
writer
Nancy
Ancrom
poet
Laura
Beausoleil
writer
Alfred
DePew
writer
Bettye
Givens
writer
Gerry
Gomez-Pearlberg
poet
Cheryl
Jefferson
writer
Noam
Mor
writer
Donna
Musil
writer
Steven
Paxton
writer
Alex
Shakar
writer
Jeffery
Skibell
writer
Henrietta
Sparks
writer
Marcella
Taylor
writer
Karen
Wolman
writer
Judith
Zivanovic
playwright
1998
Samuel
Allen
writer
Leslee
Becker
writer
Colleen Morton
Busch
writer
Becky
Duning
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Lise
Goett
writer
Patricia
Harty
writer
Steven
Heighton
writer
Betsy
Hulick
playwright
Emily
Johnston
writer
Jenny
Lombard
writer
Maureen
McCoy
writer
Rebecca
Mills
writer
Rose
Oktenberg
writer
Josef
Quattro
writer
Carol
Rosendahl
writer
Deborah
Schwartz
writer
DA
Smulley
writer
Clifton
Snider
writer
Ronald
Stickland
writer
Deborah
Theodore
writer
1997
Virginia
Barrett
poet
Killarney
Clary
poet
Cheryl
Durden
writer
June
Edmonds
writer
Tom
Filer
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Daniel
Fuchs
writer
Eric
Gamalinda
writer
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Corrine
Glesne
poet
Frank
Graziano
poet
Dylan
Guy
playwright
Tim
Houghton
poet
George
Katznelson
writer
Ruth
Lambert
writer
Linda
Lightsey Rice
writer
Maureen
McCoy
writer
Nannette
Montgomery
playwright
Cheryl
Nyland-Strayed
writer
Lucille
Rhodes
writer
Joanna
Rotte
playwright
Linda
Satchwell
writer
Michelle
Spring-Moore
poet
Judith
Tannenbaum
poet
1996
Frances
Adler
poet
Virginia
Barrett
poet
Joan
Bean
writer
Killarney
Clary
poet
Marshall
DeBruhl
writer
Phillip
Gambone
writer
Tim
Houghton
poet
George
Katznelson
writer
Erica
Liederman
writer
Townsend
Ludington
writer
Nicholasa
Mohr
writer
Molly
Moynahan
writer
Patricia
Pruitt
poet
Linda
Satchwell
writer
Karin
Seifert
poet
Gregory
Smith
writer
Deborah
Theodore
writer
Jonathan
Treitel
writer
1995
Jefferson
Adams
poet
Frances
Adler
poet
Robin
Becker
poet
Patricia
Brooks
writer
Alfred
DePew
writer
Carol
Dine
poet
Elana
Dykewomon
writer
Tess
Fragoulis
writer
Sally
Freeman
writer
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Phyllis
Hoge
poet
Linda
Lightsey Rice
writer
Patrice
Melnick
writer
Patricia
Pruitt
poet
Eklund
Sigbritt
writer
Marcella
Taylor
writer
Jonathan
Treitel
writer
Alice
VanBuren
writer
1994
Susan
Campbell
writer
Barbara
During-Harris
writer
John
Feffer
writer
Gerald
Gordon
poet
David
Hill
writer
Tim
Houghton
poet
Barbara
Hyett
poet
Sherry
Kramer
playwright
Diane
Lefer
writer
Maryrica
Lottman
writer
Harriet
Ziskin
writer
1993
Nancy
Ancrom
poet
Charlene
Ball
writer
Rudolf
Baranick
poet
Robin
Becker
poet
Leslee
Becker
writer
Susan
Campbell
writer
Barbara
During-Harris
writer
David
Flynn
writer
Jan
Freeman
poet
Kenny
Fries
poet
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Allen
Havis
playwright
Mary
Higgins
writer
Tim
Houghton
poet
Michael
Jensen
poet
Elisabeth
Murawski
writer
Ruth
Setton
writer
Paul
Sladsky
writer
Roger
Williams
playwright
Juliana
Wu
writer
1992
Leslee
Becker
writer
Cathy
Cockrell
writer
David
Eubank
writer
Jan
Freeman
poet
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Mark
Greenside
writer
Mary
Higgins
writer
Timothy
Hunt
playwright
Melanie
Kaye-Kantrowitz
poet
Mitchell
Loch
playwright
Wendy
MacLaughlin
playwright
Brooks
McMullin
writer
Rose
Oktenberg
writer
Sally
Rosenbluth
writer
Paul
Sladsky
writer
Marly
Swick
writer
Edward
Swift
writer
Barbara
Zang
writer
1991
Nancy
Ancrom
poet
Ned
Bobkoff
playwright
Sophy
Burnham
writer
Janet
Byrne
writer
Kenny
Fries
poet
Jennifer
Hamilton
writer
Mary
Higgins
writer
Arnold
Kantrowitz
writer
Melanie
Kaye-Kantrowitz
poet
Herbert
Liebman
writer
James
Masser
writer
Elisabeth
Murawski
writer
Maureen
O'Neill
writer
Patricia
Pruitt
poet
Joel
Redon
writer
Susan
Stinson
writer
Joel
Weishaus
writer
Edward
Wood
writer
Barbara
Zang
writer
Judith
Zivanovic
playwright
1990
Ed
Adams
poet
Robin
Becker
poet
Janet
Byrne
writer
Cathy
Cockrell
writer
Patricia
D'Andrea
writer
Lynn
Gray
writer
Susan
Lloyd
writer
Tara
Lumpkin
Elisabeth
Murawski
writer
Clifton
Snider
writer
Edward
Swift
writer
Martin
Tucker
writer
Edward
Wood
writer
Barbara
Zang
writer
Bonnie
Zobell
writer
1989
Carol
Banks
playwright
Robin
Becker
poet
Janet
Byrne
writer
Patricia
D'Andrea
writer
Phillip
Gibbs
writer
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Daniel
Hayes
writer
Lois
Hayna
writer
Mary
Higgins
writer
David
Johansson
writer
Claudia
Keelan
writer
Diane
Lefer
writer
Karen
McKinnon
poet
Joan
Minieri
writer
Maureen
O'Neill
writer
James
Polster
writer
Marly
Swick
writer
Edward
Swift
writer
Marcella
Taylor
writer
Deborah
Theodore
writer
Alpay
Ulku
poet
Emily
Warn
writer
Edward
Wood
writer
1988
Sally
Abbott
writer
Carol
Banks
playwright
Coleman
Barks
poet
Janet
Byrne
writer
Patricia
D'Andrea
writer
Sandra
Dorr
writer
Rona
Heifetz
playwright
Solomon
Holley
writer
Timothy
Hunt
playwright
Mark
Irwin
poet
Ruth
Jacobs
writer
Terry
Jordan
writer
Arnold
Kantrowitz
writer
Eleanor
Keats
poet
Mary
Lennox
writer
Herbert
Liebman
writer
Glenna
Luschei
poet
Wendy
MacLaughlin
playwright
James
Marquand
writer
Karen
McKinnon
poet
Katherine
Miller
writer
Jane
Miller
poet
Elisabeth
Murawski
writer
James
Polster
writer
Kitty
Todorovich
writer
Michele
Wolf
writer
Edward
Wood
writer
1987
Phillip
Gibbs
writer
Timothy
Hunt
playwright
Terry
Jordan
writer
Melanie
Kaye-Kantrowitz
poet
Helene
Kendler
poet
Wendy
MacLaughlin
playwright
James
Marquand
writer
N. Scott
Momaday
writer
Liz
Muir
writer
Kim
Roberts
poet
RT
Smith
poet
Winston
Sturgen
poet
Brian
Swann
writer
Michele
Wolf
writer
Edward
Wood
writer
1986
Samuel
Allen
writer
Carol
Durak
poet
Adelle
Leiblein
writer
Maureen
O'Neill
writer
Sally
Rosenbluth
writer
Sherry
Sylvester
poet
Lee
White
writer
David
Young
writer
1985
Lois
Brady
writer
Kathleen
Dobkin
writer
Shirley
Gish-Reich
playwright
Diane
Lefer
writer
Jane
Miller
poet
Judith
Zivanovic
playwright
1984
Austin
Alexis
poet
Cyrus
Cassells
poet
Sandra
Dorr
writer
Tony
Flaherty
playwright
Helene
Kendler
poet
Padma
Perera
writer
Carol
Rubenstein
poet
Irene
Stubbs
writer
Robert
Wolf
writer
1983
Gene
Booth
writer
Anne
Fessenden
writer
Padma
Perera
writer
1982
John
Balaban
poet
Cecil
Dawkins
writer
Anne
Fessenden
writer
Herbert
Liebman
writer
Tom
McKeown
poet
Harryette
Mullen
poet
Rose
Oktenberg
writer
Stephan
Rivele
writer
Jeffery
Skibell
writer
1981
Sophy
Burnham
writer
Cecil
Dawkins
writer
Charlene
Ellis
writer
Anne
Fessenden
writer
Tom
McKeown
poet
Rose
Oktenberg
writer
Carol
Rubenstein
poet
Dona
Stein
poet
Katherine
Sturtvant
writer
1980
Samuel
Allen
writer
Elizabeth
Barnes
writer
Frank
Boyer
writer
Cecil
Dawkins
writer
Patricia
Ewing
poet
Elaine
Hemley
writer
Nona
Nimnicht
writer
Kristian
Panzica
writer
Ronald
Peacock
writer
Dona
Stein
poet
Sari
Sumner
writer
Silvia
Tennenbaum
writer


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1955
John
Anton
writer
Rubén
Cobos
writer






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