Saturday, September 09, 2006


Friday, September 08, 2006


Van Dyke Print of a Pinhole Photograph of Sculpture in Desert.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Press Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8-14-06 CONTACT: PUBLIC INFORMATIONSILVER CITY –A visiting professor from Northern Arizona University will teach Sculpture I and Advanced Sculpture art classes this academic year at Western New Mexico University as regular sculpture professor Michael Metcalf begins constructing the sculpture project commissioned for each side of Interstate-40 at Louisiana Avenue in Albuquerque. Kim Henkel has experience teaching foundry, fabrication, mold-making, carving, and site-specific sculpture. Additionally, Henkel has taught pinhole photography and no-silver processes as well as other workshops and classes.Henkel exhibits actively in Arizona and New Mexico and has participated in more than 16 exhibitions since 2003, including at least five solo exhibitions. She is regarded as a talented and successful ceramist as well as sculptor. She specializes in foundry work in metal fabrication. “My biggest obsession lately is with pinhole photography and non-silver printing processes such as cyanotypes and van dyke. I work in the environment by ambiguously placing my cast sculptures in the landscapes that look like expressive bones and then take pinhole photographs of them,” said Henkel. Henkel has studied in the field of paleontology and has worked as a model technician for the Mesa Museum of the Southwest. Along with the activities at the museum of installing exhibits such as “A T-Rex Named Sue” and “World Domination of Turtles,” she has been out in the field and worked in the prep labs. She is currently exhibiting installations of her work in two galleries in Flagstaff and is preparing for a large solo exhibit for next fall in Phoenix. Henkel earned a master of fine arts degree from Arizona State University, a bachelor of art degree in art education from the University of New Mexico, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Henkel also studied abroad in London and Paris.She has taught for a number of higher education institutions including UNM, Coconino Community College and most recently at Northern Arizona University. Henkel has also taught at public schools in Tempe, Ariz., and in New Mexico at Questa and Magdalena.The Sculpture I class is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Advanced Sculpture classes are taught from 4 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.Henklel’s work featuring sculptures, photos and an installation will be on display in the “Illusions of Integrity” exhibit at the McCray Gallery during the month of September. A blog featuring her work is located at For more information, contact Henkel at or (480) 518-0713. The fall semester begins on August 21. -30-Photos are samples of Kim Henkel’s work.

"Illusions of Integrity"

Solo Exhibit "Illusions of Integrity" Sculpture and Pinhole Photography.
by Kim Henkel
Western New Mexico University
Art Building: McCray Gallery
Sept 4-29th.
Closing Reception: Friday September 29, 2006 from 4:30-7pm
Gallery Hours: 12:30-4:30 Tues, Thurs, Fri or by appointment
Call Kim Henkel 480-518-0713

I need a place to live in Silver City, New Mexico

Wow, I have been blown away by life. How quickly it can change if I open the door. And it has been windy. Hold on for your life. So I’ve been here in Silver City for 2 weeks now. My Sculpture classes are filled, I put up my solo exhibit in a 2000 square foot gallery, practically alone... Had some great help. They thought the show looked soooo good "one of the best they’ve ever seen" so they gave me the gallery job for about $6 an hour... the grad student running the gallery quit, she found a better job. I haven't found a place to live yet, been looking... asking everyone I meet if they know of a place. Only a few ads in the paper everyday. Around here it's word of mouth... I crashed on a professor’s spare room last two weeks, this week I’m at an adjuncts place... Been hitting meetings. Know one guy here from past involvement in the assemblies. He's my "Uncle Richard" an old vet, biker, Chicano dude that goes around and says "God Bless you." to everyone... He is a good friend!

My adventures at looking at housing... One place was a cool landlord taxidermist, also a skunk buster. Place smelled like skunk and the rooster kept me up all night. I would have rented it if I had 3 classes… It was in an old elementary school house! It was a big apartment, wood floors, and thick walls in Pinos Altos. One place was very small and very expensive-landlord was a herpetologist: studies snakes... so he had over 50 poisonous snakes in his garage... Rattle snakes from all over the world, pit vipers, cobras, Gila monsters… I’m just not OK with that! The other place is in town... one of the advanced sculpture students is a retired Cleveland police officer that bought the big old Elks Lodge in down town Silver... he's got the basement his sculpture studio, 2nd floor is going to be a restaurant/gallery, 3rd floor is a potential bed and breakfast cuz of the old lodge rooms. 3rd floor I can live... for free.... alone in a 30,000 square foot building. Creepy... I can clean up the rooms and remodel. He has to put in a functional toilet first. It's filthy. Oh, and HAUNTED....
So which would you pick?
1. Skunk house
2. Snake house
3. Haunted house

Please God, send me about 10 miles out of town up into the Gila Wilderness in a little house in the woods for under $300 a month.... Manifest Magdalena again… Amen

It has been very interesting.

Today, I’m feeling very exhausted. I moved a 14 foot U-Haul full of sculpture stuff down here from Flagstaff yesterday. I must have cried for over 6 hours. I loved Flag and didn't want to leave, but was finding no jobs. I put everything I own in a 10x20 storage unit. I thank God for Larry who helped me on the trip! I couldn’t have done it without him.

Sometimes I question my sanity. I am today.

My solo exhibit looks really awesome. I’m proud of myself! I will be documenting soon. I have over 100 pinhole photographs and 30 sculptures along with an installation using black light.

The people in this town are all very nice and very interesting! Most people are. I love to meet people and find out their stories. Everyone has one!