When a Man by Helen Gwinn

Professional Background

Texas Tech University, B.A.
University of Houston, graduate work
Post-Baccalaureate Studies:
La Romita School of Art-Terni, Italy,
Texas Tech University
University of Texas at El Paso,
University of Houston,
Numerous seminars and workshops with noted instructors

Instructor and Guest Lecturer:

  • La Romita School of Art, Terni, Italy, 1998-2007
  • Watermedia workshops: In US and Europe
  • Private art lessons,1990-2000
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 1992-93
  • Fiber Arts Workshop, Zia Quilt and Stitchery Guild, 1989, 1992-93
  • Intermountain Weavers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO 1991
  • New Mexico Art Educators Association, Ruidoso, NM, 1984
  • Seminar on Printmaking for Art Teachers,” New Mexico State University, 1983
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • Judge & Juror: many locations 1995-present

Papoose Angel by Helen Gwinn
Selected Exhibitions

  • Arizona Aqueous XXVIII, 2014
  • The Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy December, 2005
  • International Watermedia XIV, Univ. of Colorado, 2005
  • Federazione Italiana Donne-Arti-Professioni-Affari Terni, Italy, 2005
  • Arizona Aqueous XX, Tubac, AZ, 2005
  • First Frontier Collage 6th Annual International, Austin, TX 2005
  • SoQ, Contemporary Art in Southern NM, NM Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, 2004
  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 29th Annual, Irving Arts Center, Dallas, TX 2004
  • Washington Watercolor Society, Richland, WA 2003
  • International Society of Experimental Artists, Houston, TX 2003
  • Boots To Berets, Paris, TX 2003
  • Palazzo Gazzoli, Vecchio mondo visto dal nuovo, Terni, Italy, 2002
  • International Society of Experimental Artists, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • 28th Annual Exhibition of National Watercolor Oklahoma, Kirkpatrick Galleries at Omniplex, Oklahoma City, OK, 2002
  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, 27th Annual Exhibit, Albuquerque Museum of Fine Art, 2002
  • First Frontier Collage Society, Austin TX 2001
  • Trail of the Painted Ponies, NM, 2001
  • Governors Gallery,NM Museumof Fine Art, 2001
  • Jurors Exhibit, NMArts & Crafts Fair, 2001
  • Bunkhouse Gallery, Cypress Mill TX, 2001
  • 175th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, NY, NY, 2000
  • WAS-H, 23rd Intern’tl Exhibit, Houston,TX 2000
  • NM Watercolors, Mill Atelier, Santa Fe, 2000
  • Taos National Exh.of American Watercolors, Van Vechten Lineberry Museum, 1998, 2000
  • B.E.A.C.H. Art Auction & Gala, Spencer Theatre, Ruidoso, NM, 1999
  • Art In The Woods, Overland Park Arts Commission, Overland Park, KS, 1999
  • 1999 Masterworks of New Mexico Exhibition NMWS, Albuquerque, NM
  • Arizona Aqueous National Exhibition, Tubac Center For The Arts, AZ, 1998, award; 2000
  • 49th Annual Texas Watercolor Society National Exh, Hill Country Arts Foundation, 1998,award
  • “Earth Lyrics” Pecos River Artists, Breckenridge Fine Art Center, Breckenridge, TX, 1997
  • Weems Artfest, Albuquerque, NM 1989-2011
  • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition, Tucson Museum of Fine Art, 1997
  • “Pecos Valley Potters Guild Show,” Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM 1993-2000
  • “Signature I-VI juried exhibitions , West Texas Watercolor Society, Texas Tech University Museum, Lubbock, TX 1992-1997
  • The Pecos River Artists’ annual exhibit 1991-2006
  • New Mexico Watercolor Society, juried exhibits, 1989-2000, award
  • Fall American Art Show, Museum of the Horse, Ruidoso, NM, 1996
  • Kansas Waterolor Society 7 State Exhibition, Wichita Art Museum, 1996
  • “River Presence-River Presents,” traveling exhibit, administrator/curator/exhibitor, 1994-95
  • Fiber Celebrated ‘95,Tucson Museum of Fine Art
  • “Celebrity Showcase,” New England Quilt Museum (Invitational Show) Boston, MA 1993
  • Giving Thanks to Mother Earth National Exhibition,” Austin, TX ,1992
  • “Round Up On The Pecos,” Carlsbad, NM, 1993
  • “Our Walls Can Talk: HATS” Southwest Crafts Center, San Antontio 1993
  • “The Art of the Hat,” NM Arts and Crafts Exhibit, Albuquerque, NM, 1990(Best of Show)
  • “Printmaking in New Mexico” Governor’s Gallery, a traveling show, 1990-91
  • “Fiber Celebrated ‘89” Museum of Fine ArtSalt Lake City, Utah, 1989
  • “Southwest Arts and Crafts Festival,” 1981-83
  • “Annual All Media Juried Exhibition,” Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA, 1979

Fractured Ridge by Helen Gwinn
Selected Collections

  • American Association of University Women, National Archives, Washington, DC
  • Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, Hobbs, NM
  • Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
  • San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • Hilton Hotel, Houston, TX
  • IBM, Santa Fe, NM
  • Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Carlsbad, NM


  • “Hunting and Gathering” by Sarah Strickley, in Watercolor Artist magazine, February 2009
  • “Meet Helen Gwinn” North Light, Fall, 2001
  • Watercolor Expressions, B.L. Schlemm, 1999
  • “The Spirit of Artistic Travel,” American Artist: Watercolor, Summer, 1999
  • The Best of Watercolor:Painting Composition Betty Lou Schlemm & Sara Doherty, 1997
  • “Sensitivity To Textures,” American Artist: Watercolor, Summer, 1996
  • “Special Delivery: Stitched Mail,” The American Quilter, October, 1993

Desert Water by Helen Gwinn

Gallery Shows

  • Timeless Traces, one person show, The Gallery, Roswell NM 2006
  • The Gifts, one person show, Weems Gallery Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 2006
  • Collective With Heart, The Pecos River Artists, The Governors Gallery in The Capitol Building, Santa Fe, NM 2006
  • Cliff Gifts and Canyon Spirits, one person show, Weems Gallery Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 2005
  • Helen Gwinn featured at The Bunkhouse Gallery,Cypress Mill, TX, 2004
  • The Cliff Gifts, one person show, Weems Gallery Old Town, Albuquerque, NM 2004
  • The Pecos River Artists, Lincoln Schoolhouse Gallery, Lincoln, NM 2004
  • Helen Gwinn and Russ Ball Show, Weems Gallery Old Town, Albuquerque, NM, 2003
  • The Abiquiu Exhibit, Abiquiu, NM 2002
  • “Distinctive Viewpoints,” Mill Atelier Gallery, Santa Fe, 200
  • “Helen Gwinn/The Envelope Series”, one-woman show, Flickinger Center for the Arts, Alamogordo and Carlsbad Museum, NM, 1999
  • “By Invitation Only,” and Annual Anniversary Shows, Weems Gallery, Albuquerque, 1990-01
  • Anniversary at Spirit Echoes, Austin, TX, 1994
  • “Reminders, Mementos, Hopes,” one-woman show, Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, 1989
  • “San Juan Selects, San Juan College, 1985
  • One-Woman show, Eastern New Mexico University , Portales, NM 1984