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2016 MFA Exhibition Opening


On Wednesday evening, the NMSU Department of Art came together to host a huge party! The three graduating MFA students Cassandra Dixon, Andrea Luella Gohl, and Katy Stuckel showcased their artwork in the University Art Gallery for the show Subjects to Change. There was a lot going on around the building and campus also at the same time! In the entrance to D.W. Williams Hall, the ceramics, printmaking, and metals groups had an art sale, talented musician Tiffany Christopher rocked us all night long on the patio, and the local Food Truck Fiesta slung out food for all of our visitors. In addition, the Friends of the University Art Gallery set up booths to offer discounts on memberships for the art gallery!  Meanwhile, the graduating BFA students had their opening exhibition over in Wells Hall, and hosted a scavenger hunt to get visitors around the different events on campus. Overall, this was a record-breaking event with over 800 guests! Thank you to all of those who planned, participated, and visited!

“Making Collaborative Art” with guest artist Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo


“Making Collaborative Art” with guest artist Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo

Lea’s lecture consisted of her collaborative art pieces, but also mentioned collaborative pieces by contemporary artists such as Ai Wei Wei’s “Sunflower Seeds” (2010), Mika Rothenburg’s “Squeeze” (2010), and even the upcoming feature film made entirely in the style of painting of Vincent Van Gogh, entitled “Loving Vincent.” After the plenty of examples of contemporary collaborative artworks to get our minds rolling, Lea’s workshop was based on the theme of walking, and participants were able to create their own collaborative walking piece!


Fallen Stars Movie Series: “Love Actually”


On Thursday evening, the UAG had its second installment of the Fallen Stars Movie Series co-sponsored by the NMSU CMI department.  The movie screened was the popular 2003 film, “Love Actually” and it was chosen to pay tribute to the late Alan Rickman. It was a fun night to kick-start the three day weekend! Thanks to everyone who came! Our next film will be “The Big Lebowski” in order to honor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  This movie will be on Thursday, April 28th at 7pm! As always, the movie and snack are FREE and the event is open to the public!


Juried Student Show 2016 Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony


Last night the UAG opened its doors for the 2016 Juried Student Show!  This year’s juror was artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda, current resident of the Border Artist Residency program.  Out of almost 300 applicants, Almanza Pereda selected approximately 50 pieces to be included in the show.  Anyone who is a current NMSU main campus student this semester was eligible to apply.  Last night we had over 250 visitors to the gallery to see the fantastic pieces and to be present for the awards ceremony.  Awards were given out by the UAG, the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences, the NMSU Department of Art and outside sponsors such as Concilio CDS Inc., the Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces, La Posta, and more!  Congratulations to all the winners of these awards! Check out some of the photos from the event below:

“Water! What is it good for” Exhibition Wrap-Up


Today the staff of the UAG has officially finished de-installing the fabulous Water! What is it good for? exhibition!  A tremendous “thank you” goes out to artists Bethany Taylor and Brenda Perry for their gorgeous, thought-provoking pieces.  Another great “thank you” is due to all who participated on the panel back in January as all everyone who came out and visited the exhibition. We know that the artwork as well as the programming has made an impact on our community.

Since Brenda Perry did not need her gorgeous colored tumbleweeds after the exhibition, she gave us permission to offer them to the public. They were picked up and were given new homes!


Fallen Stars Movie Series: Labyrinth


Our first movie night of our “Fallen Stars” movie series was a hit! For this series, which is co-sponsored by the NMSU Creative Media Institute, the UAG is presenting four films throughout the semester, all of which were chosen to honor a special actor/filmmaker who has recently passed.  Our first film was Labyrinth, which was chosen to honor the ever-talented David Bowie.  To sweeten the pot even more, we had free popcorn, candy, and hot tea to offer to anyone who came to this free event!  We had so much fun putting this on for you all, and we can’t wait for the next three movies!  The next film will be “Love, Actually” to honor Alan Rickman.  This showing will be on March 24th at 7pm.  Again, this will be a free and open to the public event, so come hang out with us!

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Turtles in the UAG!


The NMSU School for Young Children’s group of kids (ages 2 to 3 1/2) known as the Turtles came to visit the gallery today!  We had so much fun teaching them about water, our environment, and art in general.  These little guys were full of so many questions and comments, that we could barely keep up!  A huge “thank you” for all of your great questions, helping us #releasetherain, and even generously donating to the gallery!   Come see us again soon!


The Turtles being so nice and generous by donating money to our gallery! Thank you, Turtles!

Event: I <3 Art Valentine’s Party!


The UAG’s I ♥ Art Valentine’s Party was a great success! Our members were entered into a raffle drawing for either a work of art from Project: Postcard, or a beautifully modern Eames sculpted chair. Our member’s plus ones were also entered for a raffle drawing for a free membership. Congratulations to all the winners! To add to the fun, the Las Cruces band “Remember Then… A Class Act” played some upbeat tunes to dance to, and Dickerson Catering provided us with wine, beer, food and refreshments. The UAG also provided a pop up themed photo booth for everyone to take photos of the fun! The Friends of the UAG are so thankful for everyone who attended; we know we enjoyed your participation!



Panel: Relational Sustainability


The main program presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Water! What is it good for? was a panel termed “Relational Sustainability” and it was held this previous Saturday afternoon.  The panel focused on water issues and environmental consciousness.  Participating in the panel were: Brenda Perry, Bethany Taylor, Wayne Belzer, Leslie Grijalva, Dr. J. Phillip King, and Kevin Bixby.  The panel discussed a variety of issues and concerns with water and sustainability such as how the drought of our region affects wildlife, the history of water canal/ditch systems and the current water quality of the Rio Grande.


Water! What is it good for? Exhibition Opening


Our first exhibition of the 2016 semester, Water! What is it good for? opened to the public on Thursday evening.  Water!  is an exhibition that creates critical spaces for viewers to consider and engage with a number of environmental concerns such as sustainability, water remediation, drought, etc.  Both of the featured artists–Bethany Taylor and Brenda Perry–were able to be present at the opening to speak with our visitors one-on-one. The turnout for this opening was fabulous–thank you so much to everyone who was able to take a break from beginning-of-semester mayhem to visit this great exhibition.  Be sure to come take a look at this exhibition again or for the first time, as it will run through February 27th.