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Remembered Landscapes: The Sacred Space of Home
Works by Jackie Mitchell Edwards
University Art Museum, Mullennix Bridge Gallery
January 21-March 5, 2022

Remembered Landscapes: The Sacred Space of Home, a multimedia installation by artist Jackie Mitchell Edwards reveals an elongated poetic search for home and healing through material and spiritual relationships with nature and landscape. This exhibition will take place in the Mullennix Bridge Gallery at the University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), will open on January 21st, 2022 and will remain on view until March 5th, 2022.

 This new body of work by Mitchell Edwards was inspired by artist Nikesha Breeze’s 2020 call for BIPOC artists to create metaphorical tools. Hand Tools of Resilience, an international juried exhibition, invited artists to examine the conscious and unconscious tools that Black, Indigenous and People of Color have created to survive, thrive and build within oppressive and abusive systems. Breeze’s call sparked a deeper, more focused research on the power of ritual objects within Mitchell Edwards’s greater practice and the results are witnessed in this powerful installation. Mitchell Edwards’s own journey as a Black woman in the African Diaspora (a term that refers to the descendants of Africans shipped to the Americas via the Atlantic slave trade) focuses on the primacy of the study of nature and other spiritual traditions. Mitchell Edwards, like Breeze, uses ritual and remembrance when creating talismanic healing objects that protect and guide one’s way back to their ancestral home. 

This immersive installation includes abstract paintings, altars, collage, assemblage, talismans and amulets. Crystals and minerals, bones, shells, seeds and roots from desert trees form an archive and landscape of materials used in rituals and presented to viewers by Mitchell Edwards as sacred objects that create and hold her ancestral home. Mitchell Edwards’s ritual objects connect her to an ancient story defined by strength, beauty, resilience and spiritual transcendence passed down through generations across the African Diaspora. 

Jackie Mitchell Edwards is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in the foothills of the Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mitchell Edwards was born in Monterey, California and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Princeton University and NYU Law School and studied at the Art Students’ League in NYC. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and is in private and corporate collections. 

In addition to Remembered Landscapes: The Sacred Space of Home, the themes of resilience, vulnerability, community, and intimacy will be further explored through the exhibition Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation & Reclamation occurring in the Contemporary Gallery and Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery. In further support of the exhibitions, a comprehensive series of programming will be available to the public, including performances, panels, and three educational OutsmART programs led by associated artists and collaborators. The UAM is also excited to announce the performances of The Colored Museum, a play written by George C. Wolfe, performed, and produced by The Be Group. Join us for the opening reception including a special performance of Stages of Tectonic Blackness in the University Art Museum on Friday, January 21, 2022. The public reception begins at 5:30 PM and the performance is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM. For more info, please visit

Press image: Jackie Mitchell Edwards ,Ritual Object for Action, 2021, Root/Branch of a desert bush, Rutile, quartz with iron inclusions, Length: 10 in, Courtesy of Artist. Photo credit: Form & Concept / Byron Flesher.

Mama Create-Ups

Mama Create-Ups (Prerecorded and available online!)
The UAM transitioned many of our previously scheduled Mama Create-Ups to a new online format. The Mama Create-Ups series provided informational talks by local specialists on themes, such as lactation, FMLA, and carving out time for your passions, offering resources for mothers within the local community, as well as our expanded digital community. All events took place on Saturdays at 1PM MST using the digital platform Zoom, and they lasted approximately one hour. In connection with each of the digital Mama Create-Up events, the UAM presented a uniquely designed OutsmART children’s art workshop created by a local artist mom. The UAM’s OutsmART children’s workshops mission is to expose children in the southwest region to art through exploration and play. These events were designed to be done around the house, with common art supplies, and can still be completed by children by following the videos and PDFs provided. This art workshop’s goal is intended to provide mothers with some alone time, but the art projects can be completed at any time and in collaboration with your children! 

All the events and workshops were recorded and can be viewed here: 

Online Mama Create-Ups #1: Mama’s Leche: Michelle Hackney and New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force
Video of the event available now / Recorded live on June 20th.
OutsmART Children’s Program:  
“Wild Beasts” Project for the Fierce Mama’s & Babes Artist to know: Henri Matisse with Mama’s Leche Illustrator: Mia Ortiz-Gandara. Download the PDF here and create at anytime from home. 

Click here for more information regarding this event.

Online Mama Create-Ups #2: Carving Out Time For Your Art (Passions)
Artist/Mother Book-Heather Kirtland and Marissa Huber 
Video of event available now / Recorded live on July 11, 2020
OutsmART Children’s Program: Andy Warhol Animal Portraits a workshop by artist/mother Isadora Stowe. Watch online and create from home at anytime by clicking here. 

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Online Mama Create-Ups #3: The Facts About FMLA: Dulcinea Lara
Video of event available now / Recorded live on July 25, 2020 
OutsmART Children’s Program: Radial Patterns w/artist mother Zoe Spiliotis

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Online Mama Create-Ups #4: Doula, Midwife, and OBGYN Panel: Explore childbirth options in the time of COVID. 
With Ruth E. Romo, Bernadette Carrillo and Sabrina Paulos.
Video of event available now / Recorded live on Saturday, August 15, 2020
OutsmART Children’s Program: Stop Motion Animation, a workshop by artist/mother Sharbani Das Gupta
Register online here for the zoom workshop

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Online Mama Create-Ups #3: The Facts About FMLA: Dulcinea Lara

This Mama Create-ups was recorded live on July 25, 2020 and it invited the full global online community to a presentation focused on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) with Dr. Dulcinea Lara, an associate professor in the Criminal Justice department and Director of the Borderlands & Ethnic Studies program at New Mexico State University. Part lecture, part discussion and collaborative project, Dr. Lara gave a basic overview of FMLA through the lenses of legality and personhood. Throughout the talk Dr. Lara explored the formulation and evolution of the FMLA laws and explored motherhood from the vantage point of scarcity vs. abundance. . 

Dr. Lara identifies as Chicana Indigena, honoring her Apache and Rarámuri ancestry that is deeply-rooted in the region now called southern New Mexico. Dr. Lara earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from University of California-Berkeley (2006). Her teaching and research center the critical viewing and questioning of systems and knowledges that are designed and operationalized to advance some people/groups while creating obstructions for other people/groups. Dr. Lara’s scholarship is multi-method and multi-media. She collaborated in the creation of an interactive, bilingual museum exhibition about social justice and inequalities in the Borderlands region called, Trotando Pasos Ajenos (2017). She co-authored the article, “Mirrored Repressions: Students and Inmates in a Colonial Landscape” (Critical Education, 2018). Her current book project details the story of teachers, Nadine and Patsy Cordova, in their reasonable-radical commitment to a social justice-centered education in Vaughn, New Mexico, in the late 1990s. Dr. Lara’s work explores various kinds of residual evidence of colonization in colonias, poor and rural communities, and other “sacrificial zones.” Her generative work aims to restore these zones into sacred places through collective dreaming, healing, and making.

*Babies and small children welcome with their parents at all events (including lectures)! 

Java What?

Java What?

Juried by: Michelle Lanteri

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

Opening Reception, Java What?

Tuesday April 4, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm (NMSU Music Center)

Also, free coffee and treats available during the reception as part of the “Java Love” evening, a collaboration between the NMSU Departments of Music, English, and Art and the brainchild of Dr. Lon Chaffin, Department of Music faculty member.

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Fugitive Fibers


Fugitive Fibers

August 31-September 30, 2017


Featured Artists

Sandra Doore

Erika Lynne Hanson

Jeana Eve Klein

Mara Lonner


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


Opening Reception:

Thursday, August 31, 2017. 5:30 – 7:30PM

Artist Lecture: 

Erika Lynne Hanson & Mara Lonner, Friday, September 15, 2017. 6PM

Skype Lecture:

Jeana Eve Klein & Sandra Doore, Thursday, September 21, 2017. 6PM

The University Art Gallery (UAG) is proud to present the exhibition, Fugitive Fibers, a group show displaying work by four artists who utilize fiber in their practice to speak about contemporary binaries within the contexts of found and created environments. Commenting on consumerism, Sandra Doore shapes synthetic leather into fragmented objects of beauty and creates plastic “texted” tapestries, both functioning as sites of investigation and critique. Using flags as directional guides and speaking to the contingency between climate change and the anthropocene, Erika Lynne Hanson weaves together an ecology of relationships specific to Southwest landscapes, as represented by an object, video, and performance-based installation. Through the conflicted juxtaposition of aging sites of domesticity and fresh commodities, Jeana Eve Klein re-imagines abandoned homes as locations of celebration, growth, and abundance, quilting scenes of narrative objects, of which viewers are the revolving inhabitants. Mara Lonner’s velvet tapestries elegantly confront existential crises in the natural world, while the fugitive fibers released during her burnout process are rearranged into drawings, consequential in their own right, with new life breathed into form. In this exhibition, place is a moving target, shifting and morphing before our eyes. The works on view invite a contemplation of the creation that arises from destruction and the temporary solace that blurs our vision.

This group show was juried by the UAG Exhibition Review Board from more than 80 international applicants who applied for an open call made by the UAG for exhibition proposals. The jurors included Julia Barello, Jessika Edgar, Heather Gordon, Michelle Lanteri, Emily Nachison, Katy Stuckel, and Jasmine Woodul. 

Sandra Doore’s work hovers between the representation of sound and action, visualizing her ongoing exploration into the new language of texting through stitched sculptures, installations, drawings and mixed-media. Doore was born in Switzerland and currently resided in Canada. She received her MFA from San Diego State University in 2007 and her BFA from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.

Erika Lynne Hanson creates weavings, videos, and installations that connect diverse materials, histories, and places. Hanson received her MFA from California College of the Arts, and holds a BFA in Fiber from The Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited in various locations including Los Angeles, Kansas City, San Francisco, New York, and Houston. Hanson is currently Assistant Professor of Fibers/Socially Engaged Practices at Arizona State University.

Jeana Eve Klein’s recent studio practice has coalesced around the broad theme of value, specifically how society assigns value to objects. These ideas are made tangible through large mixed media quilts and tiny obsessive embroideries. Klein earned an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and MFA from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at William King Museum (Abingdon, VA), Jasper Arts Center (Jasper, IN), Rehoboth Art League (Rehoboth, DE), College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL), and Cary Arts Center (Cary, NC).

Mara Lonner recently moved from Los Angeles, CA to Santa Fe, NM. She received her BFA And MFA from The California Institute For The Arts. She works with a variety of mediums and genres to blur the conventional distinction between organic and geometric worlds. Lonner recent exhibitions include: Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Cue Art Foundation, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA.

Join us for the opening reception of Fugitive Fibers Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30PM in the UAG. As associated programing, exhibiting artists Erika Lynne Hanson & Mara Lonner will present an artist lecture on Friday, September 15 at 6 p.m, and Jeana Eve Klein & Sandra Doore will present a skype lecture on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Both events are in the UAG and are free and open to the public.

Fugitive Fibers will be on exhibit from Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Saturday, September 30, 2017.




Diane Marsh, Searching Through Time

1992.2.11 (1)Diane MarshJune 21, 2015:

Diane Marsh
Searching Through Time, 1990
Oil on Canvas
30″ X 40″

Diane Marsh received a B.F.A in 1976 from Daemen College in Buffalo, NY and an M.F.A. in 1978 at Buffalo State, The Sate University of New York. She moved to New York city after graduation and lived in NYC until the mid 1980’s. She later received many artists’ grants, including the Roswell Artist in Residence Grant. Marsh’s paintings feature hyper-realistic portraits that display the human condition. On her website she states, “My paintings from the late 1980’s through the 1990’s portray the process of human transformation, and the idea that facing life’s sorrow and loss is one doorway we must all go through in order to grow “ (Marsh, 2016).

The painting Searching Through Time is a significant piece in the UAG’s permanent collection that exemplifies concepts behind the inner human soul and the personal issues that we face on a daily basis. In Searching Through Time Marsh  illuminated the human condition, and using the emotions within the woman’s face she reveals the woman’s contemplative state; or rather, is reminiscing about another time in her life. Through this realistic expressionistic style, her attention to detail and emotional connection, Marsh is able to draw the viewer in to this work.

Marsh, Diane. “Diane Marsh.” Artist Statement. N.p., 2016. Web. 16 June 2016. <>.



Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, 1977, Polaroid

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Muhammad Ali, 1977 Polaroid™ Polacolor Type 108 4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (10.8 x 8.6 cm.) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

June 14, 2016:

Andy Warhol
Muhammad Ali, 1977
Polaroid™ Polacolor Type 108
4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. (10.8 x 8.6 cm.)
NMSU Art Collection, Las Cruces, NM; Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

We would like to start off our Summer Collection Highlight Series by paying tribute to Muhammad Ali. Ali, known as “The Greatest” boxer of all time, passed away June 3, 2016. Ali was not only a boxer, he was also a tremendous philanthropist, an advocate for social change, a outspoken figurehead for issues of race, religion and politics, and a “Messenger for Peace”. Andy Warhol met Muhammad Ali, in 1977, when he photographed Ali as part of his ‘Athletes’ series. “The project was initiated by the art collector and sports enthusiast, Richard Weisman, and featured the likes of the footballer, Pelé, and golfer, Jack Nicklaus.”  As a part of the process for the signature pop-color style silkscreen prints, Warhol took Polaroids photographs of each of the athletes, which were ultimately integrated into the final works.

Muhammad Ali, 1977, was acquired into the NMSU Art Collection as part of a large grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation to the University Art Gallery. This grant consisted of over 20 Polaroid’s, five original prints, and seven high quality silk screen prints created by famed American artist Andy Warhol between 1968 and the mid-1980s.