My professional career has often intersected spheres of science, public works and award – winning public art.   For those interested in aspects of that work, this page includes a fine arts CV, along with a link to this store.

News:  2018 New Mexico:  I have been interviewed along with Larry Blair and John Kelley, past Executive Engineers of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) for a video documentary archive of the award-winning Calabacillas Arroyo project.

News: 2017:scienceearthart
SCIENCE-EARTH-ART Gallery announces its premier art opening:  COLLECTED WORKS by Michael Wallace
Reception at 5 to 7 pm Friday January 20, 2017

In the historic Sawmill District at the Artisan center, 1751 Bellamah Ave. NW., Albuquerque, NM  
(just east of the Ponderosa Microbrewery).  Featured works include pastels, oils, acrylics, mixed media, 
and electronic media.

Luis Jimenez juried my acrylic-on-canvas (approx. 16 sq. ft.) southwest drought themed landscape and included a discussion  in his lecture for Southwest 96, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


This artwork below was featured by the City of Albuquerque.  I later donated the piece to Youth Development Inc. (YDI) a non profit program which seeks to steer youths away from gang activity.


I led the development of the Calabacillas Arroyo Project, which won three Architect-Engineering Design awards.


I continue to produce informal illustrations in conjunction with a project related to CSIM.

Public Commissions

1996 – 1998.    client:   Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) award value:  approximately $250,000 for artwork design and construction.

description:  Artwork for a large (~$2 million ) stream embankment  protection project.  The artwork is approximately 1/2 mile long by 40 feet high by 200 feet wide, making it one of the largest contemporary artworks in New Mexico.  It involved integration of design elements according to the Anacrolith concept, including fossil treatments and geologic features.  Collaboration with numerous museum curators, scholars, engineers, planners, and civic administrators.  Direction of the artistic productions of approximately 300 students, three staff artists, and other volunteers.  Work was completed on schedule and within budget.  This work has won three design awards, including the Mike Emery Award for Raising Engineering to the Level of Art, from the Albuquerque Planning Commission.

1997 – 1998.    client:   consortium of New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Dept, City of Albuquerque Planning Dept. and Albuquerque Public Art/CIP Program award value:  approximately $22,000

description:  Two identical sets of seven bronze bas-relief sculptures, each approximately one meter in diameter.  The series consists of a sequence that evolves in multiple ways, including a change between representational and abstract, and a change from the natural to the cultural, in a manner specific to the unique environment of New Mexico.  Work was completed on schedule and within budget.

Acrylic on Canvas

Penasco Valley.  Acrylic on Canvas

1997         client:   City of Albuquerque

description:  Design and art consultant on a multimillion dollar interstate (I-40) highway expansion project within the city.  I provided creative ideas, overall artistic themes and concepts, and formal designs, as part of an interdisciplinary panel that included architects, planners, public art administrators, civic leaders, and other artists.  All work was conducted on schedule and within budget goals.  My contributions included: an original geologic theme of varying intensity along the city length, a proposal for art along an adjoining bike path, and a streamline moderne treatment concept involving large cylindrical shapes (‘turrets’) at the junctures of on- and off- ramps with the Carlisle Blvd. overpass.  This concept is being realized at the current time.  My proposal for a geologic theme was expressly adopted by the clients, and some visual concepts based on this theme were developed in a follow up activity by the Cambridge-based landscape architect, Martha Schwartz

Selected Awards

1998       Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission Community Award of Excellence for Raising Engineering to the Level of Art, for Calabacillas Arroyo Project (with AMAFCA and Wilson & Co)


Shows / Other Highlights

 1997                 Painting, “The Boundary Layer”, featured on the cover of a book edited and published by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettre, ed Arte, Venice, Italy

1996                 2 man show, ARC Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (sculpture and installations).  Many Thanks to Advisor Rich Abitz and to the ARC Artists in Residence Mike and Jesi Certo

1996                Review of ARC show in THE Magazine  by Dianne Armitage


1996                 Albuquerque Traveling Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1995                2 man show, The Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

1995                3 person show, The Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1994                 1 man show, The Garden Court, University of NM

1994                 1 man show, Uncommon Grounds, Albuquerque, NM

1993                 1 man show, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM.

 Juried Group Exhibitions

1996                 Southwest 96, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico (blind jury)

1995                 Magnifico!, The Art of Albuquerque Show

1994                 Merit Award, Magnifico!, The Art of Albuquerque Show.

1992                 Professional Fine Arts Exhibition, New Mexico State Fair.

1991                 3rd Place, Pastels, Professional Fine Arts Exhibition, New Mexico State Fair.

1989                 “Artworks / Cameraworks, . . .”,  The Gallery at the Rep, New Mexican Repertory

Theater, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1989                 Conceptions Southwest  Magazine, Fall  1989 issue.  University of New Mexico


Galleries / Spaces


1995 – pres.         Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL.

1994 – 95            IAC Contemporary Fine Arts, Albuquerque, NM

1992 – 93            Frank Croft Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

1991 – 93               Mongerson · Wunderlich Gallery, Chicago, IL

1991 – 93               Shades of the West Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 – 92               Lightside Gallery , Santa Fe, NM

by Michael Wallace

“Differentiation” by Michael Wallace pastel on paper 1991.  A poster that I co-produced with Lightside is available.  contact.

1990                     Act One Gallery, Taos, NM

1989                     Bottger Mansion Gallery, Albuquerque, NM


Other Shows, etc.

1997                 Invited speaker on Anacrolith concept, public lecture sponsored by AMAFCA

1996                 Lecture on “Anacrolith: An Intermingling of Geology, History, and Art” presented to the Albuquerque Geological Society, New Mexico

1992                 “Works on Paper”, group show, Frank Croft Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

1991                 Featured artist in “Art Chicago”  international exposition/invitational, Chicago, IL

1991-93           A poster carried by over 60 retail outlets in the U.S. and the U.K.

1993-pres        Numerous television features, newspaper articles, and reviews.


Selected Collections

Youth Development Inc. (YDI), Albuquerque, NM

Customer Development Corporation, Peoria, IL

numerous private collectors


Past Organization Memberships

International Sculpture Center



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