dba Studio Z
611 Delamar NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Zelda Leah Gatuskin explores self and society through her work as a multi-media artist. She has experience in editing, publishing, illustrating, graphic design, web site design, teaching, public speaking and business management. Zelda's "Studio Z" has been a registered New Mexico business since 1988. After ten years in the Plaza Escalante near downtown Albuquerque, Zelda moved Studio Z activities to her North Valley home-office-studio in 1998. Studio Z also represents Zelda's husband, musician Frank George Johnson.


* Published *
WHERE THE SKY USED TO BE, a novel, (Amador Publishers, 2011; NM-AZ Book Award finalist) author
BUT WHO'S COUNTING?, poetry (Worldwind Books, 2010; New Mexico Book Award winner), author
TIME AND TEMPERATURE, thoughts about consciousness (Studioz/Amador Publishers 2003, 2nd Ed. 2009. Amador), author and illustrator
CASTLE LARK AND THE TALE THAT STOPPED TIME, (Amador Publishers 2001), author
ANCESTRAL NOTES, A FAMILY DREAM JOURNAL, (Amador Publishers 1994), author and illustrator
THE TIME DANCER, A NOVEL OF GYPSY MAGIC, (Amador Publishers, 1991), author
ZELDA'S COSMIC COLORING BOOK, (Amador Publishers, 1996), author and illustrator

* Editorial *
THE WIND WAITS FOR ME: The Art and Poetry of Van Dorn Hooker, III (Sunstone Press, 2014), designer, editor
FROM FEAR TO LOVE: My Journey Beyond Christianity by Harry Willson (Amador Publishers, 2012; NM-AZ Book Award winner), editor
FEELING THE UNTHINKABLE: Essays on Social Justice by Donald Gutierrez (Amador Publishers, 2012; NM-AZ Book Award winner), editor
CHRISTMAS BLUES, BEHIND THE HOLIDAY MASK: AN ANTHOLOGY, (Amador Publishers, 1995), co-editor with Michelle Miller and Harry Willson, and cover artist


6/8/2012, Presenter, AHA National Conference, New Orleans, LA
4/16/2012, Speaker, Friendly Philosophers Club, Albuquerque, NM
10/2/2011, Speaker, 2011 New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
10/3/2010, Speaker, 2010 New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
6/5/2010, Speaker ("Art & Religion & Science & Reason"), American Humanist Association 69th Annual Conference, San Jose, CA
1/27/2010, Radio Interview & Reading (air date, show was pre-taped) with Connie Gotsch for Write On 4 Corners on KSJE Farmington, NM and on-line
9/26/2009, Speaker, 2009 New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
8/22/2009, Speaker ("Art & Religion: The Challenge to Secular Humanists"), Humanist Society of New Mexico, Albuqerque, NM
5/28/2009, Speaker ("The Art of Writing, The Business of Publishing"), Rio Rancho Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
5/17/2009, Reading from TIME AND TEMPERATURE, thoughts about consciousness at Acequia Booksellers, Albuqerque, NM
12/24/2008, Radio Interview and Reading from the CHRISTMAS BLUES anthology (air date, show was pre-taped); KUNM-FM Albuquerque, NM (produced by Rachel Kaub and hosted by Scott MacNicholl) 5/11/2008, Featured author and co-emcee for Amador Publishers Mother's Day Book Bash, Albuquerque, NM
12/1/2007, Featured author and co-emcee for Amador Publishers Literary Bash, Albuquerque, NM
6/23/2007, Featured author and co-emcee, "In Our Own Words: Books by Women," Amador Publishers Literary Bash, Albuquerque, NM
12/10/2006, Featured author and co-emcee for Amador Publishers 20th Anniversary Celebration, Albuquerque, NM
11/6/2004, Panelist, "A Desert of One's Own: Women Writing in New Mexico" forum sponsored by New Mexico WOMAN magazine, Barnes & Noble bookstore, Alb., NM
6/13/2004, Speaker, Small Press Week 2004, Albuquerque, NM
May 2000, Participating author for library workshop, "Author! Author!" Rio Rancho, NM
3/2/2001, Guest speaker at monthly meeting of the Alpha Centura Science Fiction Club, Alb., NM
12/2/2000, Featured author and co-emcee for Amador Publishers Literary Bash, Albuquerque, NM
11/16/2000, Featured poet and emcee for Poetry Night at El Rincon Bookstore, Albuquerque, NM
2/17/2000 Readings from ANCESTRAL NOTES and Works In Progress, El Rincon Bookstore, Alb.
1/13/98 Speaker, American Association of University Women Study Group, Albuquerque, NM
11/12/96 Speaker, 1996 National NAPPA Conference (National Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates), Albuquerque, NM ["Healing through Family History..."]
1/8/96 Speaker for Sisterhood Luncheon, Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM
11/12/95 Speaker for Amador Publishers Speakers Program, "Making Peace - A Creative Process: The Arts and Activism" in conjunction with the International Anne Frank Exhibit in Albuquerque, NM
10/27/95 Emcee for Amador Publishers Speakers Program, "Ethnic and Cultural Mixing in New Mexico" in conjunction with the International Anne Frank Exhibit in Albuquerque, NM
4/29/95 Interview with Chris Martin and readings from ANCESTRAL NOTES on KUNM radio's Women's Focus


* Arts *
April 2011, Art Contest Judge, Youth for Human Rights Art Competition, sponsored by Youth for Human Rights New Mexico
(a state-wide art competition in which young artists were asked express one or more of the human rights as laid out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
April 2010, Essay Contest Judge, "Stereotyping: From Anne Frank to the Present," NM Foundation for Human Rights Projects
(a statewide essay competition grades 6-12 with separate judging for middle and high school students)
2007 Fall, 2009 Spring, Fundraising Volunteer for KUNM community radio, Albuquerque, NM
2004-Present, Member NM Book Co-op
2004-2005, Contributor to (art), is... magazine, published by Art for the People, Alb., NM
2002, Volunteer Reviewer for SMALL PRESS REVIEW, published by Dust Books, Paradise, CA
2001, Speaker, New Mexico High School Journalism Summer Workshop, University of NM, Alb.
2001, Mentor, Sandia Preparatory School's "Senior Experience" program, Albuquerque, NM
1999, Art Instructor for Communtiy Outreach Program funded by the South Broadway Cultural Center; collage activities provided for Carrie Tingley Hospital, Share Your Care and Cornucopia, Inc., Alb.
1997, Emcee (with Harry Willson) for monthly "Open Word" open reading at Mary Moon's, Alb.
1996, Instructor, Albuquerque Public Schools After School Program, Chapparal Elementary 1995, Speakers Bureau Volunteer, International Anne Frank Exhibit/Albuquerque Public Schools
1994, Juror, Festival de Otono High School Writing Contest, South Valley of Albuq., NM
1993, Writing mentor, Del Norte High School Gifted Students Mentor Program, Albuquerque, NM
1988-1994, Host for monthly Women's Figure Drawing Group, Studio Z, Albuquerque, NM

* Activism *
2012-2014, Co-Chair, American Humanist Association (AHA) Feminist Caucus
2010-2014, President, Humanist Society of New Mexico (HSNM)
2009-Present, Member HSNM (Humanist Society of New Mexico) and AHA (American Humanist Association)
2008, Absentee Ballot Election Protection volunteer, Bernalillo and Sandoval County
2003, Recipient of a La Montanita Co-op member appreciation award for work on privacy policies
2002, Participant in founding summit for the Action Coalition for Media Literacy (ACME)
1996-2004, Co-Founder of No-Cards Shoppers; "Web Master" of No Cards! web site (A grassroots, national consumer movement in protest of retail "loyalty" programs which require ID cards and impose discriminatory two-tiered pricing schemes.)


* Exhibitions *
September 2008; Surrealist Collages at Acequia Booksellers, Albuquerque, NM
December 2004; "The collage as dream, and the dream as collage" exhibition at the Art is OK gallery, Alb., NM
November 2004; exhibition of collages at Pearl's Dive restaurant, Alb., NM
April, 2004; "Dreams & Scenes" two-woman exhibition (with VeeKee Eha) at Java Joe's coffeehouse, Albuquerque, NM
February 2004; "Art on Vacation" exhibition at the Art is OK gallery, Alb., NM Nov-Dec 2003; "How to Make a Collage" installation and exhibition at the Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Village Hall, Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM
1988-1998; Studio Z and neighboring offices of the Plaza Escalante, 414-1/2 Central SE, Alb., NM
1990; The Rainbow Place, Albuquerque, NM; "Dreams and Chakras" collages and mixed media works
1986; Art Windows on Route 66, Albuquerque, NM; featuring collage series: "Wearing Out The Species," "You've Come A Long Way Baby, But..." "The Modern Museum of Masks" and "Future Fiber: Tomorrow's Fashions Today"
1984; "Unity & Diversity 2," a juried exhibition, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM

* Workshops *
2003; "Getting Started with Magazine Pictures" half-day workshops at Studio Z
1999; "Discovering Who We Are Through Collage" in 3 sessions; South Broadway Cultural Center, Intergenerational Workshops Series
1996; Guest Instructor, "Art in Judaism" 6-week session for teens, Congregation Albert Synagogue, Albuquerque, NM
1994-1995; Collage Classes at Studio Z, Albuquerque; "Wet" & "Dry" Techniques in 6 sessions

* Commissioned Works *
List of commissioned works and client references available upon request.


2009-Present owner and editor in chief, Amador Publishers, LLC, Albuquerque, NM
2006-2009 co-owner and managing editor, Amador Publishers, LLC, Albuquerque, NM
1988-Present Studio Z, multi-media arts, Albuquerque, NM [client references available upon request]
1985-1994 Campbell Okuma Perkins Associates, Landscape Architects, Albuquerque, NM; clerical, secretarial, office administration, business management
1983-1985 Pennysmith's Paper Store, Albuquerque, NM; retail sales, manager, buyer
1981-1982 The Open Door, Boston, MA; retail art and office supply sales and framing services
1981 The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA; consignments and sales
1980-1982 Freelance Graphic Artist, Boston, MA
1978-1980 Emerson College Alumni Office, Boston, MA; Alumni Records Clerk, Alumni Records Secretary
1976-1978 The Open Door, Boston, MA; retail art and office supply sales and framing services


Emerson College, Boston, MA; Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications, Magna Cum Laude, 1979
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA; evening courses, 1976 (Anatomy for Artists)
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; evening courses, 1976 (Painting, Color Theory, Illustration)
Brandywine High School, Wilmington, DE, 1975


Zelda Leah Gatuskin is the pseudonym for Zelda L. Gordon; it is reclaimed from the family tree. This is the name Zelda would have been given at birth had not the surname been changed several generations back. Her paternal great-grandfather came to this country from Vitebsk, Russia as Bereh Gatuskin. Around 1915 he received his citizenship and with it a new name - Barnet Gordon - because the presiding judge was of the opinion that "Americans" should have "American" names. The name Gatuskin was about to vanish into history until Zelda reclaimed it for her pen name upon publication of her first book. For her political work, Zelda generally goes by her legal name, Gordon, as this is more acceptable to newspaper editors and government representatives.

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