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Artist Spotlight: Felice House

House_VirginiaEastwood_GoodBadUgly_WBIn large-scale paintings, Felice House, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, questions the male stereotype as portrayed through classic Westerns of Hollywood. She projects contemporary women into iconic scenes from Western movies. By placing women in the heroic roles occupied by men she points a finger at the limited access of women to power in the western genre.


One of the artists featured in this Summer’s “Re: Visioning the West”, Felice House, will be leading a beginner’s guide to painting workshop. This workshop is FREE and open to the public, so come take advantage of this awesome opportunity! See more about the event and join on our Facebook page! 


See Felice’s art on her website here! 

MFA Thesis Show Re-cap: In-Between


The opening of our MFA thesis student’s exhibition In Between was a huge success! We had over 200 visitors to the UAG, viewing and participating in the event. It was a beautiful combination of different artists working with different mediums.  Aubrey de Cheubell invited viewers to explore memory with her interactive installation complete with breathing chairs. Kris Wilson challenged us to evaluate our environment and responses with his large color-field paintings. Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo’s Communitatis Vita invited gallery-goers to leave their bacteria from their fingerprints in a giant petri dish, so that the community’s bacteria could grow together. The dish is alive and growing currently, and we invite you to come see the progress. The show will be up until May 9. See more photos of the event here! 



UAG Artist Talk: Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Ruben Zapata




WHAT: Collaborative Artist and Scientist Lecture on the bio-artworks of Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo
WHO: Artist Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Mr. Ruben Zapata from NMSU’s Food Safety   Laboratory
WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00pm
WHERE: NMSU University Art Gallery, Dan W. Williams Hall, 1390 E. University Ave.




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. WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo is an artist who, through trying to find life after death, came to explore how our bodies are landscapes of life. With a focus on the environment and our relationship to it, as well as an exploration of the cycle of life, her work is a continuation of the eco-art and bio-art traditions.


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. These two speakers will be discussing the artworks currently on display by WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo: a series of pieces composed of human bacteria, agar, wood light, and glass—Illuminatio F. Fahimeh, Illuminatio F. Motoko, Illuminatio M. Diego, Illuminatio S. Marina, Illuminatio S. Rudi, Illuminatio W. Shelly, a community piece entitled Communitatis Vita, and a video entitled In Tempore that illuminates one week’s growth of human bacteria.

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition: In Between




April 24, 2015 4:00pm to 8:00pm
University Art Gallery – Dan W. Williams Hall

The opening reception for the 2015 MFA Thesis exhibition will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4-8pm. The MFA candidates this year are: Aubrey de Cheubell, Kris Wilson and Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo. This multi-media exhibition features work ranging from soft sculpture, to abstract color field paintings to landscapes of human bacteria.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

This event will run in conjunction with the 2015 BFA show at Wells Hall, and the 2015 Dept. of Art Open House, both taking place on the same night from 4-8pm.

The 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition will run until May 9, 2015.

Contact: 575-646-2545;


de Cheubell World's Longest Sweater 2Aubrey de Cheubell 

“I create work that engenders an emotional response. I use my own memories and emotions as the initial seed, and through a careful process of editing, my goal is to create works that transcend the autobiographical to function as a catalyst for a much deeper, personal and emotional response from the viewer. In a culture that has a difficult time expressing and sharing emotion – especially emotions like depression, loneliness and grief which are often restricted by sociological structures – I create art that allows both for the outward expression of emotion as well as offering a place in which emotion can be confronted, considered and critiqued.”








Interlude_#2-3.39_300dpiKristopher Wilson

“My work functions as a way to understand and come to terms with the world around me. Through various applications of paint and intuitive processes, I orchestrate color and shape in a way that reflects my interpretation of external stimuli. The interaction of color and shape echoes the interaction of myself and my environment – socially, physically, and psychologically. I situate my work between Gestalt, color and design psychology, as well as color theory as a means to further explore my perception of reality. The driving logic behind my work and process is that present experiences are determined by the patterns that a stimulus forms and on the mental organization of past experiences. My response at any given time depends on my mental organization at that time. I utilize a visual vocabulary of rectilinear forms stemming from my interest in Modernist painting, geometry and the inherent grid-like forms found in various aspects of life.”








Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo

“In trying to find life after death, I came to explore how our bodies are a landscape of life, composed of complex multitudes of co-existent beings that are part of us, and yet distinct. By growing some of these microscopic beings in agar, the normally hidden blending between our “self” and our integral organisms can be made visible, raising questions about identity, our relations to each other, and our relations to our environment. Under the domes and in the circles of modified petri dishes, human bacteria take on a life apart from humans, growing into forms that often resemble landscapes and starscapes, intermingling and interacting with the bacteria of other humans, and making life in a finite, enclosed environment that can stand as a metaphor for our own existence.”









Re: Visioning the West

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

       May 21 -August 22

      University Art Gallery


Las Cruces, NM–The NMSU University Art Gallery is opening its doors for the 2015 summer exhibition titled, “Re:Visioning the West.” This group show, curated by Marisa Sage, UAG gallery director, was juried by the UAG Exhibition Review Board from more than 100 international applicants who applied for an open call made by the UAG for exhibition proposals.

The Exhibition Review Board is a new committee made up of community members, nationally recognized arts professionals and NMSU art faculty. In “Re:Visioning the West,” the University Art Gallery challenges the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light. We ask our viewers to examine the clichés and nostalgic visions of the “Old” West as myth, and consider these contemporary artists’ views of the West as telling a layered story of our complex relationship with the tenet of Manifest Destiny.

The artists featured in this exhibition are Jeffrey DaCosta, Felice House, Dana Younger, Kathleen Scott and Millee Tibbs. Jeffrey DaCosta connects historical symbolism to contemporary meaning; his work examines resource development and exchange through the context of material and iconography. Jeffrey DaCosta’s mixed media work asks “how do we live within the land, how do we value that integration, and what do we sacrifice?” Felice House and Dana Younger ask their audiences to reevaluate the typical archetypes and cultural mythos of the West. By painting strong and fierce women in place of the stereotypical male hero in the Hollywood version of the West, Felice House deals directly with the limited access of women to power in the western genre. Dana Younger focuses his mostly sculptural work on the cost of Western expansion; juxtaposing established Western conventions with historical figures to spotlight the damage associated with westward expansion. A stop-motion film by Kathleen Scott addresses the beauty, vastness…and the inherent loneliness the great American western landscape evokes. Millee Tibbs explores the tumultuous relationship between viewing a landscape in situ versus viewing a landscape through photography. Tibbs believes in both cases that the viewer is presented with an expansive yet inaccessible vista and that “it is in this space between the land and its viewer that the fantasy of the American West was constructed.”

In epic paintings, triumphant books, and perhaps most famously, projected in full Technicolor onto the silver screen, the West has inspired various artistic media throughout the history of the United States. Through the various media reflected in this exhibition, the University Art Gallery hopes that its visitors leave the space with a newfound perspective of the West and its typical connotations.

The opening reception for “Re:Visioning the West,” which is free and open to the public, will be held in the UAG from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. A number of lectures and workshops are being offered in conjunction with this exhibition:


The exhibition will run through Aug. 22.

The NMSU University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University Avenue and Solano Drive.  The UAG is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, or to arrange a group visit, please visit the gallery website at:, or contact UAG Administrator Jasmine Woodul directly at 575-646-2545 or


DSC_0244Saturday, May 23

Workshop with Felice House

University Art Gallery, 12-2 p.m.

A beginner’s guide to painting


Read more about this event HERE



Thursday,NearEastFam May 28

The Near East Family: Ode to the West

David & Tara Gladden create a site-specific audiovisual performance

University Art Gallery, 6pm




Tibbs_NM1Thursday, July 16

Gallery Talk with Millee Tibbs

University Art Gallery, 6 p.m.





Scott_The West 1_WBSaturday, August 22

Workshop with Kathleen Scott

University Art Gallery, 12-2 p.m.

A beginner’s guide to stop-motion videos






Histories Remediated: MFA Exhibition 2014



April 25 – May 10, 2014

Histories Remediated: The NMSU 2014 MFA Exhibition will feature works by three current MFA Candidates—Eddy Escobar [a.k.a. “Juan Cholo”], Nick Gialanella and Will Ross.  These young artists work in a variety of media areas, including photography, painting, printmaking, video and sculptural installation.

MFA 2014

842 Miles: A Long-Distance Collaborative Student Project

 842 miles Event

April 25 – May 10, 2014

842 Miles is the result of a semester-long collaborative project between students in the Metals Programs of New Mexico State University and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nagogdoches, Texas.  It is co-curated by Lauren Selden McAdams and NMSU Assistant Professor Motoko Furuhashi, and will feature mixed media objects that have been worked on by students at both universities.

Old Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection

June 13-August 2, 2014

In this exhibition, we featured two distinct shows: “Old Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection” as well as “New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts: Prints for Sale”

old friends new faces

Old Friends and New Faces featured the latest works to be added to the collection through donations, including seven silkscreen prints by famed American artist Andy Warhol and a bronze bust by renowned British Modernist Sir Jacob Epstein.   The exhibition also includes works in many media, as well as works by local favorites like Ken Barrick, Gaspar Enriquez, Becky Hendrick and Luis Jimenez.  Some of the best examples of contemporary book art from the collection were also on view.

The New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts sprang to life between 1987 and 2010 under the direction of two emeritus faculty of the NMSU Art Department, who created the program to share their passion for graphic design with their classes.  Featured artists included Rene Galindo, Melissa Grimes, Louis Ocepek and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.FHISWHAIC17