Mission & History
The Albuquerque Art Business Association has advocated for the arts in the greater Albuquerque area since 1982. The organization focuses on professional networking and community education and outreach, and works with artists, art businesses, and non-profit organizations towards that end. The AABA sponsors monthly First Friday ARTScrawl (since 2005!) and Meet the Artist events, which include exhibit openings, receptions, demonstrations, and special events. The organization also features the Local Treasures program, which honors local artists who make exceptional contributions to their communities, and represent our diverse art scene.
Meet the Board
Carol Estes Nowlin, President
Carol has been president of the AABA since 2003. She is an artist whose images reflect an inner buoyancy and progressive optimism. Named a "Local Treasure" in 2019, she has also been named a local art leader by Mayor Martin Chavez and a "40 under 40" by New Mexico Business Weekly. Carol has worked extensively with numerous local organizations over her years as president to promote the arts in New Mexico. Her work has been widely displayed and sold in galleries across the country, and is currently featured at The Marshall Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Weems Gallery & Framing in Albuquerque.
Amy M. Ditto, Vice President
Amy is an artist and the owner/curator of Ghostwolf Gallery in Albuquerque Old Town, a contemporary gallery focused on highlighting the work of local artists with a truly unique vision. Amy is actively involved in promoting the arts, having served as Vice President of the Corrales Society of Artists and currently serving as their Social Media Manager. She has been deemed an AABA "Local Treasure", been the feature artist for the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Annual Balloon Fiesta show, and has works in private collections worldwide as well as the New Mexico Arts in Public Places program and the City of Albuquerque's Public Art & Urban Enhancement Program.
Ralph Greene, Treasurer
Ralph Greene is an artist and the owner of Freestyle Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. Ralph has an extensive and admirable career in the arts having displayed his work internationally and with works in private and public collections across the country.
Susanna Kearny, Secretary
Susanna Kearny has decades of experience in nonprofit arts administration and management, nearly 20 years of which have been on staff at Albuquerque’s North Fourth Art Center. Her work has evolved with the development of the center, from grant writer to director of N4th Theater’s presenting program to Outreach Director for the center’s core programs, including N4th Gallery. Her gallery experience began in Santa Fe in the early ‘80s in sales of both contemporary and southwestern art at Janus Gallery and Stiha Gallery, respectively. Over the years Susanna’s volunteer experience has included positions as editor of The MIC line for the New Mexico Music Industry Coalition and on the boards of Albuquerque Arts Alliance, NewArt New Mexico and Albuquerque Art Business Association.
Molly is a fiber artist that retired in 2015 to re-devote herself to her craft. She is an active member of the Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild, the Bead Society of New Mexico, and the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Council, and shows her work at Yucca Gallery.