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Artist Spotlight: Dana Younger

1-Legends-of-the-Lone-Ranger-Part-I-Andrew-JacksonDana Younger focuses his artwork on the cost of Western expansion–what is sacrificed in the pursuit of Manifest Destiny?  He juxtaposes established Western conventions with historical figures to spotlight the damage associated with westward expansion.      His sculptural processes of traditional bas-relief computer aided machining, and toy manufacturing all contribute to the dialogue.

Younger will be featured in the UAG’s summer exhibition “Re:Visioning the West,” opening May 21st.

Re: Visioning the West- Banner Project


Twice a year, the UAG invites applicants to submit original works of art to be displayed as banners around the Art Department building in conjunction with the exhibition on display. The project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience, which echoes the exhibition within the UAG.  The theme of this Banner Project asked artists of all levels, ages, and locations to create pieces inspired by the re-examination of the cliché and nostalgic Old West in order to see it in a fresh light.   The entries are in, and three artists—Beth Krensky, David Lash, and Jodi Stuart—have been selected from a large number of applicants to have their original artworks on display in conjunction with the 2015 Summer exhibition entitled, “Re: Visioning the West.”

Beth Krensky is an artist, activist, and educator whose art seeks to “provoke reflection about what is happening in our world as well as to create a vision of what is possible.”  Two banners have been chosen by Krensky, both of which consist of photographs of her performance pieces in which she integrates religion with her understanding of the idea of westward expansion. David Lash is an artist that has been drawn to wilderness from a very young age, and his artwork reflects this passion.  The banner that has been chosen by Lash considers the “precious and precarious” wildlife of the southwest.  Jodi Stuart is an artist originally from New Zealand, but moved to the United States in 2010.  She has been living and working in Denver since 2011, and has thus had a chance to acquaint herself with the American West.  The underlying theme of her artworks is the question of how we, in the highly digital and virtual world we live in, view ourselves and our environment.  The two banners chosen by Stuart are an “exaggerated rendering of the quintessential southwest,” with blue skies and red rocks depicted as a seemingly 3-dimensional “texture map”.

The banners will be on display throughout the duration of the “Re: Visioning the West” exhibition, which runs from May 21st through August 22nd.  The opening reception for this show will be Thursday, May 21st from 5-7pm in the UAG, and is free and open to the public.


Off 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. Beginning on August 29th artists, assistants, and students will begin to create works which are installed directly onto the gallery walls. Part performance, part exploration into practice and exhibition design, this group exhibition will create a conversation which reveals the intricate processes of creating a minimal art work. ​The artists included in this exhibition are: Allie Rex, Nathan Green, Judith Braun, and Christie Blizard.

 Read full press release here


Judith Braun- “Fingering #22: Emergent Self-Organizing Systems”


Nathan Green- “Civil Twilight (Drop Shadow)”



Christie Blizard- “Electric City”


Allie Rex- “Line Drawing”

Gallery Talk with artist John Garrett


Learning to Weave with Las Cruces Artist John Garrett



Exciting things have been happening here at the University Art Gallery! Last Saturday we had a workshop with our current Artist-in-Residence John Garrett. Mr. Garrett is a local artist who has been working 40+ years as a studio artist. His work deals with textile technologies, and he uses a large range of traditional weaving materials, yet also items such as plastic, metal, paper and wire. His resulting work usually ends up being a type of textile. Currently residing in the NMSU Art Gallery, Mr. Garrett has installed his floor loom where he is weaving strips of clothing donated by the Las Cruces community to create a large textile.

He is creating the “fabric of Las Cruces”!


Saturday’s workshop began with a conversation about the art of weaving. Garrett brought in textiles from around the world to show how different cultures weave and put patterns into their textiles. He then taught our guests all about the floor loom from beginning to end: set up, measuring warp, putting warp on the beam, threading it, tying it to the front rod, then weaving. Tension, selection, spacing, throwing and beading were also discussed. Garrett then talked about primitive looms and frame looms which anyone can make at home with a minor investment (just a box of nails!). He demonstrated how to set up and use a simple loom.

This great event Saturday included the whole gamut of ages: kids, college students, adults and seniors. All the materials are donated clothing (mostly knit t-shirts) from the Las Cruces community. If you are curious about weaving, this is a great opportunity to learn a new hobby. Everyone is welcome, anyone can weave! John Garrett will be residing in our gallery Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-4pm until February 26. We are almost halfway done with the giant community weaving. Our minimum goal is to make it 9′ x 9′ and we want to make it bigger if we can! If you are interested in donating, please bring t-shirts to the University Art Gallery on Tuesday – Saturday between 10-4. Don’t forget that Mr. Garrett will be giving an artist lecture on February 26 at 6pm here in the gallery. Come see the giant weaving and hear about this wonderful woven community experience! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at or call the gallery administrator at 646-2545.


Las Cruces Creates Panel Discussion with Chris Bardey




Our panel discussion was a success! We covered the questions with each of the panelists giving their ideas and inspiration: Five years from now, what do we want our community to look like, to its residents, businesses, and to the rest of the state, the country, and internationally, in regards to the arts? How can community engagement help shape the city we want to see?


The microphone was then passed to the community members to hear their ideas and suggestions. We had a great turnout of community members who shared some fantastic ideas. Some of the ideas included creating more public art and collaboration opportunities, using empty buildings in town to put on art shows, educating the public and patrons about collecting and viewing art, and continuing to build upon the solid foundation of galleries and first friday events that are already taking place in Las Cruces.


There was a spark and excitement about conversation about how we all believe that community engagement will lead to inspire people to care about art in this area and that art is already an integral part of this community. This panel discussion shined a light on that importance. The discourse continued after the formal panel discussion was over and the panelists and community engaged face to face over snacks and Beck’s Coffee. The future is bright for our arts community here in Las Cruces! If you are interested in joining and contributing any ideas to help build our arts, email us here at the gallery!


Isadora Stowe: Collaborate with your kids



Workshop with Isadora Stowe: Collaborate with your kids!

Our workshop with Isadora Stowe was tons of fun! We had quite a few child-parent collaborative teams, working together to create original pieces of art. The project was a mixed-media collage. The teams first painted their pages with watercolors and gouache, then traced different shapes and symbols on tracing paper. The tracing paper was then applied over the watercolor with a matte medium, giving the shapes a colorful landscape to dance in. The kids had a great time, and so did the parents. Thank you to Isadora for the great experience!

Stowe’s work offers reflections on familial connection, whether remembered or imagined. Her paintings in various media address the complexities of home, relationships, and family identity. Starting with the narrative, Stowe’s work proceeds to translate into coded, ethereal complex landscapes. See her art here.

Juan Cholo Paper Mache Workshop: “Light is the New Heavy”



Today in the gallery, Juan Cholo who earned his MFA from NMSU came to the gallery to give a lecture about his current work and gave a workshop, teaching us how to use cheap materials to create amazing art! Chicken wire, tape, newspaper, cardboard, flour, clay and more. Then the attendants were able to piece together their own chicken wire frame to paper mache. Big thank you to Juan for sharing his techniques today!

Here are some pictures from the event:



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