In Spring 2017, the UNM Art Museum partnered with Albuquerque-based artist Heidi Pollard for a project that explores the lasting influence of Abstract Expressionist artist Adolph Gottlieb on contemporary art. In direct response to the 2017 exhibition "A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb," Heidi Pollard created a new body of work that examines how Gottlieb's legacy continues to impact artists today. Pollard’s installation incorporated original monotypes, made in collaboration with Brooke Steiger of UNM Printmaking, as well as hand-cut and painted objects that reference the visual language and energy of Gottlieb’s work on view at the Museum. "Heidi Pollard: Call and Response," was the first in a series of new initiatives, through which the Museum strives to make meaningful connections between our collection, exhibitions, and contemporary art practice.
Heidi Pollard is a painter and sculptor, born in Detroit, Michigan, and currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the US and has received awards from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.