Past Exhibitions

Syn- Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding MFA Thesis Exhibition 2021
April 23 – May 15, 2021
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Read the press release here. 

The UAM is proud to present Syn– featuring work by artists Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding, the first Master of Fine Art candidates to exhibit in the newly opened Devasthali Hall. In Syn-, both Xiong and Redding explore themes of   identity, loss, and absence through the use of various materials and forms. Ger Xiong’s finely crafted textiles and wearable objects are representative of his complex Hmong cultural identity. Each work navigates his Hmong American experience through the lens of assimilation, migration, and colonization, reflecting loss, commodification, and the resilience of being Hmong. Cierra Redding’s sensorial and experiential sculptures reveal a fascination with vision and longing influenced by a long-distance relationship and Nystagmus, a rare chronic eye condition she has had since birth. Redding’s large black ceramic vessels allude to mourning the loss of touch during our complicated COVID times; the exterior textures and brightly colored interiors reference a warm and affectionate time, reminiscent of her childhood in the 90’s. NMSU Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, interprets, “between them exists an engaging discourse, which feels timely and timeless” where “ both artists are wrestling with one of the oldest human conundrums; how to conserve the worthy aspects of our past, both collectively and personally.”

More information regarding the exhibition available by clicking here. 

2021 Juried Student Show
Click here to see the full list of selected works

The NMSU University Art Museum (UAM) is thrilled to announce the first Juried Student Show (JSS) in the newly built Devasthali Hall on the campus of NMSU. Every year the UAM receives an impressive variety of submissions by both undergraduate and graduate students, highlighting a broad range of materials, methods and ideas. The JSS is an opportunity to acknowledge NMSU’s hard-working students by recognizing their outstanding creativity. This exhibition always attracts a large audience and encourages widespread community support. The 2021 JSS was juried by Texas/Mexico City based curator, writer and scholar, Leslie Moody Castro. Please join the UAM on Friday, April 23,  from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m on Zoom. The award ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020
On view: February 28 – December 6, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, February 28, 2020, 6:30 PM

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, the inaugural exhibition in the new University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), opened on February 28, 2020 and is now extended through December 6, 2020. This exhibition, co-curated by museum director Marisa Sage and artist Laurel Nakadate, aims to expand and enrich the compelling conversations regarding motherhood in today’s socio-political climate. Through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works, a diverse group of artists explore themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety, and choice. While the University Art Museum is temporarily closed, please take this opportunity to view all four video walk-throughs and installation galleries to fully explore the theme of Motherhood in each of the new spaces: the Main Contemporary Gallery, the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery and the Mullennix Bridge Gallery.  

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 features the work of artists Tracey Baran, María Berrío, Patty Chang, Lenka Clayton, Amy Cutler, Joey Fauerso, Tierney Gearon, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Kelly, Justine Kurland, Marilyn Minter, Laurel Nakadate, Hương Ngô & Hồng- Ân Trương, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons, Wendy Red Star, and Mickalene Thomas.

Many of the artists in Labor openly address the choice of becoming mothers, initiating crucial conversations in the arts regarding childlessness and the invisibility of parenting, and reproductive choice, while looking to their own mothers’ lives for insight into the mercurial experience of mothering. Many of the works reframe motherhood within the context of artistic practice, using it as a source of inspiration, creation and collaboration. Other works speak to motherhood as a political act which seeks institutional support in sparking diversity, equality in compensation and recognition.   

This exhibition strives to create a space of inclusivity and support that offers opportunities not only for internationally-celebrated artists, but also for the regional community, through local programming and the exhibition of work by New Mexico-based artists that speak to their own experiences surrounding motherhood.

Please read the full curatorial statement here. 
Please read the full press release here. 
Current schedule of online events. 


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INSTALLATION OF LABOR MOTHERHOOD & ART IN 2020- Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery

In the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery we aim to navigate the theme of Motherhood through the lens of the NMSU Permanent Art Collection. Like numerous museums globally, whether purposeful or unintended, our collection presents a relatively heavy male perspective of motherhood. When curating this selection, special care was given to highlight the rare examples of the maternal experience by leading feminist, queer, and diverse artists present within the collection. These works display a nuanced art historical vision of motherhood, and throughout this space, an intergenerational discussion of artistic practice and research is presented as it relates to the visions of motherhood and parenting in the 20th and 21st centuries. These works explore complicated representations of family, identity, reproductive choice and gender through the experiences of women and men that take on the concepts of patriarchal and matriarchal identities through the use of various mediums. In 2016 a new collecting mission was established to transition the UAM’s focus onto collecting significant works by leading female, LGBTQ and other underrepresented artists to more accurately reflect diverse cultural and social communities. We, in the University Art Museum, intend for this first exhibition to be another step towards diversification and equality within our exhibitions and collections going forward into the future at NMSU.

Artist in this gallery include: Ann Fessler, Carolyn DeMeritt, Graciela Iturbide, Hollis Sigler, Jim Goldberg, Joyce Kozloff, Judy Chicago, Julia Barello, Larry Sultan, Manuel Carrillo, Robert D’Alessandro, Roderick Mead, Russell Banks, and Shelby Lee Adams.

This gallery was curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA Candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597: Curating from the Collection.

View video-walkthrough of the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery here. 

INSTALLATION OF LABOR MOTHERHOOD & ART IN 2020- Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery

The NMSU Permanent Art Collection has the largest holdings of Mexican retablos in the United States. In the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery we view motherhood by telling the story of The Virgin Mary who has represented the role of the traditional mother in the visual arts, literature and music of the Christian and Islamic worlds for thousands of years. In this gallery featuring the NMSU retablo collection, we explore Mary’s role as mother of Christ in a timeline format from Immaculate Conception to the moment her son died on the cross and she became Our Lady of Sorrows and subsequently, humanity’s ultimate mother. Mary’s life as seen in these paintings on tin, is a model to so many mothers in this world who simultaneously rejoice at the moment of conception and grieve for the suffering their children will go through in life. This chronology, including the multiple traits of Mary as seen in both the retablo santos (painting of saints) and ex-votos (paintings commissioned as prayers during moments of hardship), presents an intimate look at an iconic figure who provides relief and guidance to mothers around the world.

This gallery was co-curated by Courtney Uldrich and Silvia Marinas-Feliner

View video-walkthrough of the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery here. 


During the course of the exhibition, the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University further explored motherhood through the lens of our students at NMSU and the regional community of Southern New Mexico in the Mullennix Bridge Gallery. As part of the exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, NMSU Department of Art Master of Fine Arts students and artist-mothers Katrina Chandler and Maggie Day applied to and took part in Lenka Clayton’s An Artist Residency in Motherhood – a self-directed, open-source, artist residency that empowers and inspires artists who are also mothers. From August 2019 – January 2020, Chandler and Day were given four hours per week to create their artist statements, bios, studio practice structure and artworks all exhibited here in this gallery and created in their new studios within Devasthali Hall. As part of their residency, the University Art Museum provided two-hour classes for their children once a week to create artwork while their mothers were given time and space to work in their studios. The artworks exhibited here represent what happens when we create a support structure for mothers on the campus of NMSU and when motherhood is offered as a rich concept to explore within academia, rather than an obstacle to overcome. Also within this gallery we view “Let Them Bloom”, a papel picado series coordinated by Bold Futures, formerly Young Women United, and collectively imagined by the women in the Mesilla Valley Art & Organizing cohort and crafted by Las Cruces artist Bryana Valdez.

View video-walkthrough of the Mullennix Bridge Gallery here. 

ALONE/TOGETHER is an online series of performative programs associated with the exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 at the University Art Museum (UAM).

ALONE/TOGETHER is a curated series of prerecorded online programs that took place on Saturdays during the Covid-19 pandemic, created by the UAM in collaboration with artists and programming partners from Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 (Labor). The series was fully online, utilizing an array of social media and online apps the global community had become even more familiar with in this new world of social distancing.

Many of these projects developed from existing programs that were slated to take place in the museum exhibition, including live performances, pre-recorded video, and experimental community programs led by artists in our community. Plans continue to evolve as our global situation does, and as we prepare to reopen to the pubic, we welcome you to read all about and watch all the programming that took place by clicking here.

Raphael Benero: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view now online

Las Cruces, NM–The University Art Museum (UAM) presents Raphael Benero: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring artwork by MFA candidate Raphael Benero.  Benero reflects on the intersections of class, gender, ethnicity and lived experience with hybrid identity through the use of humble materials in sculptures that replicate childhood objects.

Growing up in El Paso, TX, Benero quickly realized that no matter how hard his family worked, keeping up with the Joneses was never in reach. Through observation of other neighborhood kids having lavishly expensive toys while he was left to his own devices, he became aware of unbalanced cultural and class dynamics at a very early age. The goal of Benero’s use of accessible materials, such as cardboard, stucco tape, steel, and plywood is to elevate commonly used household objects to “art status” by making a genuine gesture of authorship that is not implied through mass-produced objects.

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FLUXX: 2020 BFA Student Exhibition: 
On view now online

Presenting Bachelor of Fine Art Graduating Seniors: Shaunia Grant, Katelyn LaPage, Olivia Lemmons, Alexxis Ortiz and Jose A. Suarez. The five artists forming the spring 2020 BFA cohort at New Mexico State University each engage in research examining their understanding of themselves within a complex world; made all the more convoluted by the incursion of COVID-19 into their practice. United in their clarity and commitment that saw them through the completion and documentation of their work with a minimum of tools and a lack of studio facilities, their accomplishments are, with more reason, laudable given these challenging times.  Please click on each name to enter the student sites. —Department Head, Julia M. Barello

NMSU Art Museum joins over 14 institutions to host events about climate change
Artists from Las Cruces to Albuquerque hope to draw attention to a biological crisis happening along the Rio Grande with an exhibit titled “Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande.” Subhankar Banerjee, NMSU alumnus and University of New Mexico professor of art and ecology, co-curated the exhibit at 516 Arts, which reached out to enlist other institutions including the Albuquerque Museum, the Ruben Center for the Visual Arts, the New Mexico State University’s Art Museum and many others. The result is a series of local events in Las Cruces throughout October and November intended to bring recognition to issues of regional climate change. Events include a city proclamation, an extinct species workshop, a mural, a film screening and a lecture.
Learn more about Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande and the events around Las Cruces by clicking here. 


dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featured the work of MFA candidates Cleo Arevalo and Fernando Enriquez. dis-continuum linked Arevalo and Enriquez through the duality of their years growing up in both Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Both artists focused on their binary heritage, and the complexities that arise from these connections. NMSU Visiting Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, remarks of their practices, “Arevalo’s work addresses the strategies used in the systemic globalized oppression of the masses, and in Enriquez’s work one can glimpse the results of this globalized capitalist system on a local and personalized scale.”


Read more about the exhibition here. 

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition, featured artwork by six BFA candidates: Debbie Jo Baxter, Angelica Jones, Bernadette Larimer, Raquel Madrigal, Saul Ramirez and Carissa Staples. The common thread between the artists in this exhibition was their exploration and use of unexpected media–pushing the boundaries of their respective art practices to tackle controversial issues, like self-image, identity, intimacy and the current world around them.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

2019 Juried Student Show

On View: March 14 – April 6, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 PM

Juried By: Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

The annual Juried Student Show, which kicks off 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 with an opening reception at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, will serve as an opportunity for the community to get an up-close look at the artistic talents of NMSU students. The Juried Student Show will feature 41 individual pieces of work from both undergraduate and graduate students at the university. The pieces were chosen from a wide range of artwork submitted from various majors all across the NMSU campus. Artists Andy Arkley and Julie Alpert served as the jurors for this year’s show. The pair are fresh off the spring exhibition of their own show, “Light Tricks,” which ran at the University Art Gallery from Jan. 31 until March 2.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

On View:  January 31- March 2, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley present new installation, sculpture, drawing, and interactive video. Each artist utilizes various forms of light and shadow (projected, reflected, and emitted) to evoke a nostalgic, playful, dramatic mood. They each use light to draw attention to their invented visual language of signs and symbols abstracted from childhood memories. Alpert’s use of everyday materials and her repetition of hearts, chains, hashtags, drips, and friendship bracelets refer to high fashion, teenage doodling in the margins of notebooks, the keepsakes she made and traded at summer camp, and the inevitable decay of all things. Arkley’s work encourages a childlike sense of discovery and strives to foster inclusion, positivity, and elation.

Read more about the exhibition and programming here.


On View: October 4, 2018- January 12, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Superbloom was a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. This exhibition examined the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlined an expansive framework within which viewers meditated on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse

Read more about the exhibition and programming here. 

This exhibition was partially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico’s Devasthali Family Foundation Fund and the George and Lucy Gray Endowed Art Fund.


On View: July 26 – September 21, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Jenny Morgan: A HIGHER GROUND, tracks the development of Morgan’s body of work starting from graduate school at the School of Visual Arts to her more recent paintings exploring the individual through high-def glimmering layered portraits that tackle the real and surreal.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

This exhibition was supported by the Friends of the University Art Gallery and Dr. Wayne F. Yakes, M.D..


On View: May 24 – July 14, 2018

Joint Opening Reception:  Friday, June 1, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Mexico State University Art Gallery, in collaboration with The Las Cruces Museum of Art presents Here and Now, a regional, juried exhibition featuring works in all media. Here and Now includes works created by artists living and working within a 150 mile of Las Cruces. Paintings, prints, photographs, video, ceramics, and sculpture highlight the diverse approaches to creative expression found in Southern New Mexico and West Texas.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Read more about Community Quilt- A new project facilitated by the artist John Garrett.


Featured Artists:Fahimeh Foudazi, Joshua Flores, Madison Manning, Monica Martinez, Tiago Finato, Patrick Shaffer, and Jeffrey Erwin

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2018

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition, gathers together a broad range of creative interventions into the questions we face everyday. As you walk through the galleries, engaging with these works, you will encounter a number of efforts to ask what it means to be someone now, what identity is and how we might find it, maintain it, and come to own it. Meanwhile, we learn from these works that the questions of identity intersect with questions of memory, society, power, and politics.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

2018 Juried Student Show

Juror: Cathy Lee Crane, 2017-18 Resident, Border Art Residency

On View: April 3- April 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

“The annual NMSU Juried Student Show is an incredible opportunity for the community to see a glimpse of what NMSU Art students of all levels are working on at this moment in time,” said Jasmine Woodul, gallery manager. The exhibition features a wide range of artworks created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and various majors across the NMSU main campus.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest)
Supported by a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University Art Gallery (UAG) presented Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest) as its major exhibition for Spring, 2018. On view from January 26 through March 16, 2018, this site-specific exhibition visually materialized and meshed memories of the past and present in Red Star’s investigation of her Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian father’s life in rock music, a site of familial importance and popular culture that has informed the artist’s practice and individual and collective identities as an Apsáalooke (Crow)-Irish American woman.

ON VIEW: January 26 – March 16, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, January 26, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CURATED BY: Michelle Lanteri

Read more here for full press and programming information. 

Border Zones and Liminal Bodies 
This screening features short video art pieces by 12 U.S. and international artists that invite viewers to contemplate contemporary issues, such as migration and refugee crises, disability and the body in movement, feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, water insecurity, and other issues. This program is the first of two screening events for this year’s Feminist Border Arts Film Festival organized by Gender and Sexuality Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Department in collaboration with the Creative Media Institute.

ON VIEW: March 12, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM.

Read more here for press and programming information. 


ON VIEW: November 27-8 , 2017, University Art Gallery, D.W. Williams Hall, NMSU.

POSTCARD SALE: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

The 4th biannual Project: Postcard exhibit and fundraiser was presented by the NMSU Department of Art and the University Art Gallery in D.W. Williams Hall on the NMSU campus. Postcard-sized artwork was created and donated by alumni, faculty, and students, as well as regional, national and international artists will be exhibited and offered for sale.

Read more about the event here. 

In partnership with Visual AIDS, the University Art Gallery, Creative Media Institute and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017.

New Mexico State University:

Where: CMI Theatre: 2915 McFie Circle, NMSU, Las Cruces, 88003.

When: December 1, 6pm

What: Screening of  ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS  with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery), Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies.), and Laura Anh Williams, Ph.D. (Gender and Sexuality Studies.). Co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University.

Read more about the event here. 


Featured Artists: Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón, and the Jellyfish Colectivo

On View: Thursday, October 12 – Friday, November 17, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri and organized by Marisa Sage.

The artists in Interference + Interaction mediated everyday noise, communication, and social predicaments within personal and political spheres, negotiating the boundaries of the complex and multilayered issues that arise due to the current relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

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Artist Lecture: Eric LoPresti: Superbloom and Trinity Site Visit

Eric LoPresti was in Las Cruces October 8-10, 2017, as part of his visit to the Trinity Site on October 7, and in preparation for his Fall of 2018 exhibition, Superbloom, in the University Art Gallery.
LoPresti’s is a NYC-based artist who grew up near the Hanford site, where the US manufactured plutonium for the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In Superbloom, he explores this complex relationship through large paintings, a two-channel video and a sequence of performances incorporating local martial artists.


Fugitive Fibers

Featured Artists: Sandra Doore, Erika Lynne Hanson, Jeana Eve Klein

Mara Lonner

On View:  August 31-September 30, 2017

Juried by: Exhibition Review Committee 2016-17: Julia Barello, Jessika Edgar, Heather Gordon, Madeleine Griffin, Michelle Lanteri, Emily Nachison, Katy Stuckel, Jasmine Woodul Organized by: Michelle Lanteri & Jasmine Woodul

Click here for more show information. 

New Acquisitions  /  Nuevas Adquisiciones

UAG Permanent Collection 2015-2017

On View:  June 9-August 18, 2017

Opening Reception:  Friday, June 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Closing Reception:  Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Each year, the UAG actively acquires locally and globally significant artworks to incorporate into its permanent collection, which has exceptionally strong holdings of twentieth and twenty-first century photographs and prints and nineteenth century Mexican retablos. Works including those by Joshua Shane Flores, Felice House, Zachery Lechtenberg, Mónica Martínez, Jason Middlebrook, Jenny Morgan, Christine Nguyen, Wendy Red Star, Jim Waid, Terri Warpinski, Kerianne Quick, and selections from the Don M. Gonzales Poster Collection.  View works and installation images here. 

Yolanda Cooper MFA Thesis Show

Life As It Is: Yolanda Cooper 


On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm

This solo exhibition by Yolanda Cooper is comprised of a series of complex and deeply personal self-portraits of the artist. These scintillating works are visual materializations and embodiments of the artist’s fight for her place in the present moment.

2017 Juried Student Show

Juror: Steven Randall, 2016-17 Participant, Border Art Residency in La Union, NM

On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm;

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

This exhibition is an annual tradition at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University. It features a wide range of artworks by students of all levels at New Mexico State University.


Almost Famous Student Sale

Friday, April 28, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm

Lobby of the University Art Gallery

Sponsored by: The Friends of the University Art Gallery.

During the opening reception for the MFA thesis show, Life As It Is: Yolanda Cooper and the 2017 Juried Student Show.

All mediums will be represented, from painting, prints, photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media. The money raised at the student sale will not only support the individual students, but also the NMSU Department of Art clubs which give students opportunities to go to conventions, symposia, and other enriching activities that supplement their education. A portion of the art sales will support the Williams Hall Renovation Project and will be matched by Ammu and Rama Devasthali. In addition, the funds from any Friends of the University Art Gallery memberships purchased during the sale will go towards the William Hall Renovation Project. So, not only are you supporting the student artists, you are supporting the NMSU Department of Art clubs, as well as the future generations of art students at NMSU.

 The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the University Art Gallery.

Java What?

Juried by: Michelle Lanteri

On View: April 4-April 11, 2017

NMSU Music Center (1075 N. Horseshoe Las Cruces, NM 88003)

Complementing the “Java Love” musical and live poetry performances, this juried art exhibition features work by eight NMSU Department of Art students. Art and design of any media and style were welcomed for this show, with a wide range of content from the abstract, to the sincere, to the satirical.

Exhibiting artists include: Jenny Abeyta, Fahimeh Foudazi, Olivia Lemmons, Rubi Madrid, Raquel Madrigal, Nicholas Ostella, Melissa Michelle Perez, and Mariah Shelby.

*Click here for more information about this event

The Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation are pleased to present the touring exhibition: In Good Time:
Photographs by Doug DuBois

Curated by: Cory Jacobs

On View: February 23-April 15, 2017

Artist Talk: Thursday, February 23, 5:15-6:15 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:00-7:00 pm

Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly and engages in long-term photographic projects. He tells stories that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.

*For more information about the exhibition, click here*

Impermanent Topography:  2017 Department of Art Faculty + Staff Exhibition

On View: January 17-February 9, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri, Interim Gallery Director

Featuring works by eleven NMSU Department of Art faculty and staff members, Impermanent Topography addresses the social, political, geographical, and cultural landscapes that comprise our ever-shifting understandings of contemporary life. This exhibition grapples with the unwieldy intersections of memory, selfhood, and information through human inscriptions of identity in paint, metal, clay, digital media, and experimental sculpture. A diverse selection of media and style give form to the inquiries put forth by the Impermanent Topography artists.

Artists:  Julia Barello, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Craig Cully, Jessika Edgar, Motoko Furuhashi, Richard Hesketh, Wes Kline, Adam Labe, Bree Lamb, Jacob Muñoz, Rachel Stevens

Click *here* to read more about this exhibition! 

The 2nd Annual Valentine’s Party…Masquerade!

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at the University Art Gallery

Enjoy a night of revelry while supporting the arts!

Suggested Donation: Friend Membership ($25/year)

Click here for the Facebook event page! 

Click here for event images. 

 GEOMAGICGEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection

On View: September 8 – December 21, 2016

Co-curated by: Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos

GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection is an interdisciplinary exhibition that creates a visual laboratory and educational space unifying contemporary visual art, geology, and other natural sciences into a hypothetical space. GEOMAGIC creates a platform to explore ontological responses to spirituality, technology, and anthropogenic geological concerns of preservation in relation to the natural environment.

Featured artists will include: Christine Gray, Jason Middlebrook, Megan Harrison, Amy Brener, Laura Moriarty, Katie Paterson, Emily Nachison, Christine Nguyen, Andrew Yang and Ryan Thompson.

This exhibition was made possible by an Art Works Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Read more press here: The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will receive a $15,000 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts for its interdisciplinary exhibition, “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection.”

Click *here* to read more about this exhibition, see installation shots, and view all associated programming!

NEOMAGIC, juried by Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos, was an exhibition that featured geological-inspired artworks by both undergraduate and graduate students from New Mexico State University. With NEOMAGIC, the student version of the UAG’s GEOMAGIC exhibition, it was our intention to provide NMSU students an opportunity to show their work for an entire semester in conjunction with an exhibition featuring internationally renowned artists.

September 23 – December 7, 2016

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Organized by: Jessika Edgar and Drew Ippoliti

July 28, 2016 – August 25, 2016

Univarsity Art Gallery


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Welcome Back Mixer & Closing Reception for Cranbrook

Presented by: UAG

August 25, 2016, 5-7 PM

University Art Gallery

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An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall

Guest Curated by: Jessica Hankey and Erin Colleen Johnson

May 26 – July 16, 2016

Read more about this exhibition here!

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co-sponsored by the NMSU CMI Department

A new movie series in the UAG honoring four recently deceased actors/filmmakers

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Cassandra Dixon, Andrea Luella Gohl, Katy Stuckel.

April 20 – May 14, 2016

Read more about this exhibition here!

Katy Stuckel

Lecture/Outing with artist Katy Stuckel: Consumption Byproducts as Materials

Friday, April 22 at 10am

Read about this event here!

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March 10 – April 9, 2016

Juror: Alejandro Almanza Pereda

University Art Gallery





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April 1, 2016 from 12-1:30pm in the UAG

At this event, WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo will give a lecture about collaborative art followed by a collaborative workshop resulting in a performance! Click here to view photos from the lecture. 



Water! What is it good for?

January 21 – February 27, 2016

This exhibition featured works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry.  In Water! What is it good of?, Taylor and Perry create critical spaces for viewers to engage with multifaceted environmental concerns.  Click Here for installation photos of this exhibition.





I ♥ Art Valentine’s Party 2016

February 11, 7-9pm, University Art Gallery

Friends of the University Art Gallery (UAG) invite art lovers/all current UAG members in the Southern New Mexico and Western Texas communities to “Be   Our Valentine” at the first annual I Art Valentine’s Party on Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. You must RSVP by February 8th!

                      Click here for party photos!

Brenda_Perry_3Panel: Relational Sustainability–Explorations into water preservation, conservation, and water remediation ideas.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

12-1pm, University Art Gallery

As an associated program with our exhibition, Water! What is it good for?, exhibiting artists Bethany Taylor and Brenda Perry will present a panel discussion focused on environmental issues.  This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to view photos from the lecture. 

2016-17 Banner Project: Inspired by GEOMAGIC: Art, Science, and the Zuhl Collection

The University Art Gallery invited artists of all levels, ages, and locations to submit digital files of original works for consideration for our Biannual Banner Project.

The call for this Banner Project asked artists to submit works that dealt with themes surrounding the Anthropocene age and the natural environment. The project’s objective was to create an outdoor gallery experience that complemented the Zuhl Collection specimens and contemporary artworks featured in the GEOMAGIC exhibition. Check out the banners below and on the exterior walls of the Department of Art / D.W. Williams Hall building on the NMSU Main Campus!


Points of Departure

November 12 – December 19, 2015

“Points of Departure” offers a multifaceted collaboration between NMSU and Towson University in Maryland.  In this immersive exhibition, there are three concepts being presented: laboratory, Curatory, and Points of Departure.  Click here for installation photos.


generalstore  Your General Store by Jason Middlebrook

  September 3 – November 7, 2015

  Your General Store is no ordinary place of commerce.

Jason Middlebrook (b. Jackson, MI; lives in Hudson, NY) has altered an old shipping container to create a replica of a nineteenth-century general store, reminiscent of another era, when early towns in the west relied on the general store to carry supplies of all kinds. Middlebrook’s general store features handmade and salvaged objects available through barter. Within Your General Store an alternative economy exists, one that is defined by both the clerk and the visitor. The project is part of SITE Santa Fe’s biennial exhibition series Unsettled Landscapes, exploring the work of contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas.

Learn more here.

October 20- October 29, 2015

Project:Postcard Exhibition
NMSU Department of Art’s third biennial Project: Postcard, an exhibition of original postcard-sized art, created by professional artists from around the globe, NMSU art faculty and art students, past and present, and friends and families of these communities.

Learn more here!


220836_extralarge Between Here and There | Paul Turounet | Terri Warpinski 

September 3, 2015 – October 3, 2015

Opening reception on September 3rd from 5-7 pm

In this two-person exhibition, visual artists Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski present works that grapple with the complexities and controversies surrounding the constructs of international borders as junctions that designate the present and future for many migrants in transition as well as the effects on existing communities in border regions.


Saturday, October 3

Panel: Borderlands as Negotiated through the Arts

A scholarly panel focused on the topic of: visual and performance arts as creative catalysts that spark critical conversations among audiences about the complex, global issues of border governance.

University Art Gallery, 2pm



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Thursday, October 1

Artist Lecture: Terri Warpinski

University Art Gallery, 6-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!




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Saturday, September 26, 2015

“Become a Friend” Membership Party

University Art Gallery, 4-7pm

Learn more here!




Friday, September 4

Artist Lecture: Jason Middlebrook

University Art Gallery, 6-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!




Turounet_EBAWall01Thursday, September 3

Reception for Your General Store and BETWEEN HERE AND THERE | Paul Turounet |
Terri Warpinski

Gallery talk and walk-through with artist Paul Turounet 6pm

University Art Gallery, 5-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!



Wednesday, September 2

Workshop with Paul Turounet

Making Photographic Ex-Votos

University Art Gallery, 12-2pm

If you plan on attending, you will need to RSVP here.


House_VirginiaEastwood_GoodBadUgly_WBRe: Visioning the West

Jeffrey DaCosta, Felice House, Kathleen Scott, Millee Tibbs, and Dana Younger

University Art Gallery

Opening Reception is Thursday, May 21, 5-7 pm.  The exhibition will run through August 22nd, 2015.

In this exhibition titled Re:Visioning the West, the University Art Gallery will challenge the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light.

Click here to read more about the exhibition and associated programming.


124-Santa_Fe_Community_Convention_Center-LargeJune 26th, 5-7pm

“30 UNDER 30” Exhibition Opening

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Commission’s Community Gallery will be opening their doors for their “30 UNDER 30” Exhibition. The featured artists (which include both NMSU faculty and alumni) were selected by a jury, of which our very own Director, Marisa Sage, was a part! If you cannot make the opening, the exhibition will run from June 26th through September 5th, 2015.

                           Read more about this event here.

NearEastFamMay 28

The Near East Family: Ode to the West

David & Tara Gladden create a site-specific audiovisual performance

University Art Gallery, 6pm

Read more about this event here.

MFA Postcard[F]2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Runs: April 17 – May 9, 2015

Opening Reception: April 24th, 4 – 8 PM

This year’s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, and Kristopher Wilson. While all working in highly different formats, each artist has a connection to the world around us as well as within us.

Read more HERE


Lecture by Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo & Mr. Ruben Zapata

Graduating MFA student Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Mr. Ruben Zapata from NMSU’s Food Safety Laboratory will be giving a collaborative artist and scientist lecture on the bio-artworks of Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, who uses agar to grow human bacteria in her artwork.

This lecture will be an insight into the precedents of bio-arts, a look into the current works of bio art in the University Art Gallery, and a scientific explanation of the technologies used for these pieces




Wandering Book Artists

The gypsy wagon will be making a stop at the University Art Gallery on April 7th at 4pm. Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Northern California who have been spending the last year traveling around the U.S. in a handmade gypsy wagon.  The wagon is their temporary home as well as a place to sell their books, teach book arts workshops and give talks and lectures.  Wherever they’ve gone, their gypsy wagon has attracted attention for its whimsical color and design.

For more information on the Wandering Book Artists, you can visit their website at:


Juried-Student-MC22015 Juried Student Show

The NMSU University Art Gallery hosted the annual Juried Student Show, the exhibition featured a wide range of artwork created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines, and various majors across the NMSU main campus.Juror Fausto Fernandez carefully weaved through the online submissions and chose which ones would be included in the show. Click here to see who made it in the show and who also got awards! Read more here.


juancholowkshopArtist workshop in conjunction with JSS 2015:

Juan Cholo-“Light is the New Heavy”:
March 20, 12-2pm.

Read more here.


A group exhibition running in the University Art Gallery January 15th, through February 28th, 2015. This group exhibition features 21 different artists who are currently making art within the community of Las Cruces.
Las Cruces Creates includes works by Chris Bardey, Nancy Begin, Karen Bucher, Sharbani Das Gupta, Greg Decker, Carlos Estrada-Vega, John Garrett, Stephen Hansen, Amanda Jaffe, Suzanne Kane, Robin Labe, Rosemary McLoughlin, Brack Morrow, Louis Ocepek, Mary Robertson, Joshua Rose, Jesse Reinhard, Jacklyn St. Aubyn, Isadora Stowe, Jean Reece Wilkey, and Mary Wolf.

Read full press release here



Events Associated with Las Cruces Creates:

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JOHN GARRETT USES YOUR OLD CLOTHING FOR A RAGS TO ARTWORK WOVEN COMMUNITY STORY! Community weave will ask Las Crucens to donate their old t-shirts and clothing to be used in a large woven piece.

Starting on January 5, Garrett and Sage request that you donate all forms of knitted garb, including used and old T-shirts, knitted pants, shirts and skirts, which, over the course of the month, will be constructed into a large tapestry. Read more here


potential_logo_finalLas Cruces Connects

Saturday, February 7, 12oo-4:00pm
Las Cruces Connects was a celebratory weekend of art exhibits, art based events, and performances. This artastic weekend created a connection between the University Art Gallery, Las Cruces Museum of Art, and all the various arts organizations within our community. We  created a map of each participating organization.  There was bus transportation at each of the blue marks on the map. View the map here: Art_Hop_Map_ 2015Final.

IMG_1711Gallery Talk: Marisa Sage

Saturday, February 7, 2pm

On curating vs. Creating and Miami Basel




CommunityFacebookGallery Talk/Panel: Chris Bardey 

Thursday, February 12, 6pm

On community arts engagement

Read more about the event and view photos.

DSC_0073 1Collaborate with your Kids Workshop

Saturday, February 21, 12-2pm

A workshop with the artist Isadora Stowe.

See pictures from the workshop, and read more here.



Gallery Talk: Artist John Garrett

Thursday, February 26, 6pm

On his art and the Community Weave project.



DSC_0030Gallery Talk: Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series: Peter Turchi

Friday, February 27, 3pm

Author Peter Turchi will give a talk exploring the challenges of discovery, the challenges of presenting those discoveries, and how the presentation itself is often the key to discovery.



20140917_123011Off the Wall

 August 29-December 6, 2014

Off the Wall is an exhibition inspired by the minimal wall drawings and sculptures of Sol LeWitt. This two-parted exhibition will both trace the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU, as well as show the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas.

 Read full press release here