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Random Inspirations


New round every week
through July 4, or longer!



--Each week we select a word at random from a book, and post it online, on our website and FB, IG, & Twitter. That word becomes a prompt for artworks.

--New Mexico artists have one week to create a new piece or find an old one of theirs and send in to us (digitally).

--Each week a different invited member of our New Mexico arts community will choose one work from the work sent in. The chosen artwork will  be displayed on Axle’s website and social media.

--The selected artist will receive a check for $25 and a book of their choosing from among Axle Contemporary Press’ publications.

--Artworks can be drawings, paintings, sculpture, graphic design, video, performance, dance, music, poetry, cuisine, or whatever art form that can be imagined, but must be able to be communicated online.

Randomness can act as a springboard for inspiration and meaning, to recognize connections and act on them,  Finding meaning in the random may be as old as mankind itself. In a time where the people of the world have largely retreated into isolation, it may be important to look for connection: Between each other as individuals, across continents and oceans to other countries and cultures, and beyond our human world to the whole of existence, sentient and non-sentient. Perhaps our “random” idea can help create these connections.

We hope our selection of words will inspire our New Mexico artists, maybe in unexpected ways. Perhaps what seems random is not.

Please participate. You can enter once or every week. Send in your artworks to

See weekly word selection every Monday on our website or Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Check back every week to see the new work online and the new prompt for the following week. Word prompts posted every Monday. Works posted online every Friday.


Jazmyn Crosby

Simultaneity Device
Juror: Karina Hean


Danielle Rae Miller
King Snakes with Yerba Mansa
Juror: Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo


Greta Young
Random Darkness
Juror: Andrea Hanley

Scott W. Parker
Ruin of 3 Mystics
Juror: Rose Eason

Michael Ellis

Shut Out
Juror: Larry Bob Phillips


Janet Russek
Realize Your Fantasy as a Sex God
Juror: Stuart Ashman

Craig Anderson

Blue Leaf, Blue House, Working Surface

Juror: Jordan Eddy


Each week we will have a different juror to select an artwork.


Karina Nöel Hean
Karina is an artist and Chair of Visual Arts at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She has served on the faculty of the University of Montana, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fort Lewis College, and New Mexico State University and holds a BA from St. Johns College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Drawing from Studio Art Centers International, and a MFA from New Mexico State University. She has received an American Artist Fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland and has completed several artist-in-residence opportunities in the US, several at national parks.  Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, art centers, and universities throughout the US.

Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo
Jared is an artist and the gallery director of Keep Contemporary in Santa Fe. He has curated exhibitions and public programming for a diverse set of art institutions across the US. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in private and institutional collections. Jared has a BFA (Art History) from the College of Santa Fe.

Andrea Hanley
Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo), Hanley is the chief curator at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe. Before that, she served as program manager at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She spent over nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; worked as fine arts coordinator/curator for the city of Tempe; Executive Director for ATATL, Inc., an organization dedicated to Native American art advocacy; Artrain, USA, a national arts organization, as its Sponsorship and Major Gifts Officer; and the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. She has over three decades of professional experience working in the field of exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, and on the board of Axle Projects.

Rose Eason
Rose has been the Executive Director of gallupARTS since June 2016. Rose has her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Barnard College at Columbia University and her Master of Education in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to returning to Gallup, Rose worked for the Denver Art Museum as the Coordinator of Adult Programs, producing several cutting edge public programs in collaboration with Denver’s creative community. Under Rose’s direction, gallupARTS has grown by leaps and bounds. Rose has more than tripled gallupARTS’ local funding and has instituted a model of fiscal sustainability for the organization; has fully developed gallupARTS’ signature programs so that they meet their full potential for supporting artists and engaging the community with art; has engineered several new mission-based annual programs; has overseen over $350K in grant projects; and has raised the profile of gallupARTS at the local, state and national levels through advocacy work.

Larry Bob Phillips
Larry Bob Phillips, born near Amarillo, Texas, 1973, studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in the early 1990’s, then moved to NY where he worked building art exhibits for galleries and museums. He attended the University of New Mexico and received an MFA in 2005. Since then he has taught art at the college level and maintained a busy exhibition and mural schedule. In 2018 he took a position at Meow Wolf’s paint and pigment specialist and in 2019 became the director of the Roswell Artist in Residence.


Stuart Ashman
Stuart Ashman, is a cultural ambassador who has worked in the arts for over 30 years. He was raised in Matanzas and Havana, Cuba before his family relocated to New York where he attended the City University of New York receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Fine Art.  His additional studies include graduate work at the Rochester Institute of Technology and personal interactions on his photography with Minor White and Paul Caponigro. He was also selected to participate in the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the International Folk Art Market and previously served as Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His previous experience includes postings as President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art; Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art; Executive Director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; and an appointment by the Governor as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. He also served as Expert Consultant for the United States Peace Corps, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. He has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogues and co-authored “Photography New Mexico” in 2009,“Abstract Art” in 2003 and “Harlistas Cubanos” in 2006.

Jordan Eddy
Jordan Eddy is the director of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, and co-founder of No Land art space. As an arts journalist and critic, he has contributed to The Magazine, Santa Fe Reporter, Visual Art Source, art ltd, New Mexico Magazine and other publications.

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