JANE ABRAMS has lived and worked in Los Ranchos Village in the north valley near Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the past forty years. Her travels to Mexico, Central America, Spain, and Asia have introduced exotic subjects into her pulsing, colorful canvases. She says of her work, “My sensory wanderings through cloud forests of Guatemala, along rivers of India, in mountains of Thailand, subtropical cypress forests of south eastern United States and the familiar fields and deserts of New Mexico, provide the inspirational source for my paintings. I enjoy how a landscape painting is as much a revelation of the facets of the mind, as it is an exploration of the wonders of the natural world.”
Abrams has received many prestigious awards including two Senior National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grants, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, and the John Anson Kittredge Foundation Educational Award. She has received numerous guest artist invitations over the past 25 years. She has been the recipient of recent residencies from the Everglades National Park in Southern Florida in 2013; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2007; the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony in Cuidad Colon, Costa Rica, in 2002; the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine, in 2005; and in 2006 the residency at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Mojacar, Spain.
Her work is included in many private and public collections, as well as in the permanent collections of eighteen university museums throughout the United States. Internationally, her work is represented in the USIA London Embassy and collections in Costa Rica and Spain. The Museum at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, has been designated as the archive for Abrams’s award-winning color prints from the 80s and 90s. Most recently, her large major works have been purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University and selected for the new Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Jane Abrams is Regents’ Professor Emeritus from the University of New Mexico where she taught painting and drawing from 1971 until 1993. She continues to exhibit her work and paint in her studio in Los Ranchos, New Mexico.