Deborah Burian


“It is an honor and absolutely thrilling to have been selected by the Friends of OMDPNM as the Artist in Residence for September 2018. OMDPNM occupies a unique ecological and archeological niche in the New Mexico landscape and I treasure the opportunity to explore it at length. I am especially pleased to have the opportunity to complete a community project involving hands-on-art for visitors at the monument; and am excited by the prospect of continuing the “This Land is Our Land” series in such a beautiful and delicate location. My profound thanks go to the ‘Friends’ and I look forward to working with them to make this a wonderful experience for all.”

Deborah Burian is an award-winning artist who is visually inspired both by wide expanses and the secrets found in hidden hollows. Burian’s work has been described as “luminous” and “exciting” and has been accepted and displayed in many national and regional juried shows, including the national prairie show, “Horizontal Grandeur,” “National Watermedia Oklahoma,” and the biennial traveling show “24 Works on Paper” sponsored by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Burian has participated in a wide range of collaborative and teaching projects including teaching image composition to alternative education students, participating in the large-scale knit bomb project “The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes” and most recently as a contributing artist to “The Exquisite Corpse,” opening at Artspace at Untitled in Oklahoma City in October 2018. Her ongoing watercolor project “This Land is Our Land” focuses on public land preservation and conservation, communicating the fragility of public lands and educating viewers regarding the continuing threats caused by lack of protection and awareness.