May 5, 2017

After The Circus showcases lithographs created by 13 student artists who are currently working at Tamarind Institute. The exhibition will be in the Tamarind Gallery May 5 through May 12, and works will be available for purchase. Tamarind invites the public to an opening reception on Friday, May 5 from 6-8 pm. The Tamarind Gallery is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and by appointment.

After a full semester dedicated to perfecting their technique, Tamarind students continue their training as they collaborate with art students in UNM’s Department of Art. A selection of the resulting lithographs created during the program, as well as representations of the printers’ personal works, will be on exhibition in the Tamarind Gallery. Tamarind printers include Jaime Durham, Cedar Kirwin, Liz Melnyczuk, Amanda Morris, Rainey Nunnally, and Joshua Orsburn. University of New Mexico artists include Mick Burson, Nick Simko, Isaac Trujillo, Jesse Furr, Babak Shahsiah, Brian Willett, and Kristen Roles*.

Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. Students come from around the world to hone their technical skills in lithography and master the art of collaborative printmaking, a special partnership that brings together the expertise of a master printer and the creativity of an artist. Tamarind hosts the only educational program in the world that focuses specifically on creating master printers, and many of its students have established print workshops around the world.

* For additional information on the printers and artist please read their biographies below.  

Tamarind Printer Biographies

Jaime Durham is a Texas born-and-raised artist, printmaker and coffee addict. She attended the University of North Texas in Denton where she received a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in printmaking. Jaime’s work experience includes “printernships” at P.R.I.N.T Press in Denton, Texas and Yozo Studio in Dallas, Texas. She has been professionally trained in lithography, letterpress, intaglio, relief, silkscreen and monotype printing and continues her training at Tamarind Institute. 

Cedar Kirwin grew up in a small mountain town in the farthest reaches of northern California where he spent most of his time drawing, wandering in the woods, and working on the river. He was introduced to printmaking in college at the University of California Santa Cruz and instantly fell in love. After receiving his BA in Studio Art, he moved to Providence, RI where he spent time working as a member at the AS220 Community Print Shop and being a farm hand on a small flower farm. He was then swept into the southwest to join the legacy of Tamarind printers, where he hopes to take the knowledge he has gained to eventually open his own community print shop and spread his skill and passion to people who may not otherwise get to experience the magic of printmaking.

Elizabeth Melnyczuk is a native of Long Island, New York. She graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz in 2015. Elizabeth has professional experience in silkscreen, papermaking, letterpress and bookbinding gained at institutions such as Dieu Donné, The Lower East Side Printshop, Deb Chaney Editions, and The Women’s Studio Workshop.

Born in Denton, Texas, Joshua Orsburn relocated to Austin where he received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. It was there that he studied multiple forms of printmaking and painting mediums. Joshua currently pursues a career in collaborative printmaking as a means to work with artists to incorporate print into their practice and produce unique works utilizing the multiplicity of print.

Amanda Lynn Morris was born in Louisville, Kentucky were she attended an art magnet middle school and high school after she declared assertively in the third grade that she wanted to be an artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelors Degree (in Art History) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2013, and went on to complete her Masters of Fine Arts at Ohio University. While the focus of her MFA is in printmaking she has also created many sculptural works. Both mediums have aided her exploration into desirability in our commodity-based culture, and such artistic explorations have aided in her inclusion in exhibitions nationally and internationally. Today she is receiving training at the Tamarind Institute for fine art lithography. To view her works go to

Rainey Nunnally grew up in California and New Hampshire. After finishing undergrad, she moved to New York City and began printing for various artists. She has spent the last year at Tamarind training in collaborative lithography.

University of New Mexico Artists Biographies

Mick Burson is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Waco, Texas. He is currently living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He works inside and outside. Inside he makes work in regards to his personal life and emotions and what it feels like to be a human and navigate this world. Outside he paints public murals that celebrate nature, people, and architecture surrounding the area. His work contains open-ended narrative elements in hopes that the viewer has had some personal experience and can relate it to his work. He does not see his work as a means to an end, but an appreciation of the life and time we have here.

Nick Simko is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Simko’s studio practice focuses on the deconstruction of visual culture through material experimentation, inventive iconoclasm, and visual play. Simko’s photographs, collage, and tapestries have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.

Brian Willett is a first year Painting and Drawing MFA student at The University of New Mexico. He lived in Portland, Oregon prior to moving to Albuquerque.  

Isaac Trujillo is an artist and printmaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His artworks are an ongoing investigation that explore the relationship between the human interaction of outdoor rock climbing and his art practice within printmaking. Isaac’s prints create a dialogue for his audience, an opportunity to gain a unique perspective that reflects our world and the relationship that we share with the Cosmos and the natural phenomena found in our lives. Isaac exploits these found connections and relates the two processes of lithography and the sport of bouldering to one another. “I continue to find parallels and connections between Art and Rock Climbing. Much like Stone Lithography, there is an interaction and or meditation between the artist and the stone.” Isaac’s research during his undergraduate studies at The University of New Mexico led him to investigate the different ideas, themes, and philosophies that the two processes share. Isaac will pursue his Masters in Fine Art for Printmaking at Colorado State University this fall.

Babak Shahsiah is an artist who primarily uses printmaking techniques to interrogate and lay out the role of institutions as cornerstones of violence, oppression, and exclusion in societies. Shahsiah was born in Tehran (the capital city of Iran) in 1984 and raised in the middle of intense social-political change. After receiving a BFA in Handicraft, he spent thirteen years in an advertising agencies. Throughout those years, he dedicated his nights sketching, drawing, painting, and reading critical theory. This led him to explore and experience the contradictions and tensions between realities and ideals in social structures and how these manifest in an individual’s life. He came to the United States in 2014 to develop his knowledge and skills in printmaking and is currently an MFA student at The University of New Mexico.

Jesse Furr is a senior undergraduate student studying printmaking and film-making at The University of New Mexico. His work primarily focuses on environmental and socioeconomic issues. He enjoys working both digitally and traditionally, drawing inspiration from his surroundings and his peers.

Kristen Roles is currently making fragile images, susceptible objects, and contingent gestures in Albuquerque while teaching photography and pursuing her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She wants her work to hover along the edge of existence, though it exists concretely enough to have been featured in publications including Creative Loafing Magazine and the Lenscratch States Project and in group exhibitions at the Centre Gallery and William & Nancy Oliver Gallery in Tampa, Florida, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, and most recently as an invited artist for The Santa Fe Art Project curated by SCUBA Collective. She was honored as a 2017 SITE Scholar and will exhibit this year at such venues as Form & Concept in Santa Fe and 516 Arts in Albuquerque. She received her BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014 and hurdled directly into grad school with very little life experience outside of academia.