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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.

Your General Store at the University Art Gallery

Your General Store, outside the University Art Gallery in the NMSU parking lot at University and Solano Avenues

Your General Store, outside the University Art Gallery in the NMSU parking lot at University and Solano Avenues


On August 15, 2015, via crane, Jason Middlebrook’s Your General Store descended upon the NMSU parking lot at the intersection of University and Solano Avenues, just outside the University Art Gallery in Williams Hall. Middlebrook’s store, a refurbished cargo vessel that operates as a trading post for artworks, originated at SITE Santa Fe and was an exterior component of the institution’s Unsettled Landscapes biennial exhibition (June 2014-January 2015). Your General Store, stocked with traded works by artists from around the globe, is reminiscent of a nineteenth-century general store and will be managed by an NMSU student during the Fall 2015 semester. Poised to travel throughout the United States, Middlebrook’s store will facilitate an inter-state exchange of art goods, whereby a national trade route of sorts will take shape.

At this point, you may wonder how you can get involved! There are four ways you can participate in this unique art happening/system-based installation:

1. Join us for the opening reception at the University Art Gallery and first round of artwork trades on Thursday, September 3, from 5-7 p.m.! (Note: The reception will also celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Between Here and There, featuring Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski.)

2. Trade an artwork of your own creation for an art good of equal value at Your General Store! The store will be open from September 4 through November 7, 2015; the store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about Your General Store here.

3. Attend an artist talk by Jason Middlebrook at the University Art Gallery on Friday, September 4, from 6-7 p.m. Find out more about Your General Store; ask him the tough questions!

4. Get more information about Your General Store events on the University Art Gallery’s Facebook page.

The Near East Family: SIGHTsite|HEARhere #1: Ode to the West


 Tara and David Gladden create a site-specific audiovisual performance

SIGHTsite|HEARhere #1:  Las Cruces, NM, Ode to the West

University Art Gallery, 6pm

SIGHTsite|HEARhere is a serial project of immersive, audio/visual performances that combine audio/video field recordings of historically and culturally relevant locations with original music compositions and large scale, real-time video projections.  Performances are created out of material collected by the artists at regional sites familiar to the audience, establishing a connection between the insiderviewer/native and outsider artist/visitor.  Digital, real-time transformation of familiar material in the live performance setting creates a new perspective in which a now “shared familiar” becomes unfamiliar through processes that mediatize, re-contextualize, ultimately re-vision original material and expectations.  In this way, insider and outsider are united in a shared field of new experience.  The result is a poetic, cinematic journey, a reflection on the nature of relationship, perception, time, place, and memory.

SIGHTsite|HEARhere #1:  Ode to the West, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2015

Special Project in support of the exhibition, Re-Visioning the West

For this inaugural performance of SIGHTsite|HEARhere, we travel to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where we will visit White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Organ Mountains and the Gila Cliff Dwellings. While in these places, we will hike the great trails and explore the beauty, mystery, and wonder of the West.  We will document our adventures and encounters in each place.  At the end of each adventure we will upload and catalog the visual and sonic material collected.  At the end of this process, we will construct an audiovisual performance for the Las Cruces community using the collected materials.


The artistic work of C. Tara and David Gladden includes audiovisual performance, installation, sound art, recording, animation and public art projects. Explorations are interdisciplinary and multi-dimensional often combining opposing elements and concepts in contexts that vary from project to project. Our work sometimes includes additional collaborators and we have completed many projects under the alias Near East Family. We are concerned with the incongruity between perception and reality and processes that lead to artistic, personal and collective metamorphoses.  Both C. Tara and David hold MFAs from Brooklyn College in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, a program devoted to interdisciplinary collaboration, integrating technology into the creative process.  David is a video/integrated media artist, musician/composer, writer and an Assistant Professor of New Media at Salisbury University.  Tara is a vocalist, composer/performer, sound/integrated media artist and yoga instructor. She is currently Galleries Manager at Salisbury University and a Lecturer teaching courses in Social Practice Art, Music Technology and Voice.

Their work has been presented in festivals and venues around the country including the the International Electro-acoustic Music Festival, NYC, Performance MIX Festival, NYC, Lumen Festival of Video, Sound and Performance Art, NYC, distENDed Cinema Series, NYC, Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, Delaware, The Living Theatre, NYC, the Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Oi Futuro Museum, Rio de Janiero, Dixon Place, NYC, Grace Exhibition Space, NYC, Judson Memorial Church, NYC, Artists Outpost Resources, NYC, The Mission for Temporal Arts, Ashville NC, and The United Nations.

Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Scott

Scott_The West 1_WBKathleen Scott is our last but definitely not least artist spotlight for the “Re: Visioning the West” exhibition this summer.  Her piece which will be included in our exhibition is entitled The West and is a stop-motion animation composed of manipulated paper, plastic, and fabric. The West follows the story of a hawk and a grackle, each of which has either been left behind by their peers or has been alone the whole time.  The short is set to haunting and folksy music, which the artist composed and performed herself, utilizing instruments such as the guitar, ukulele, and concertina.  The short film effectively addresses the, “beauty, vastness…[and] the inherent loneliness” the artist feels the western part of our country evokes.  

Scott will be leading a workshop on how to create stop-motion animations on the final day of the summer exhibition which is Saturday, August 22nd from 12-2pm in the UAG.  In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to create a short animation of their own while learning basic skills and techniques in the medium of stop-motion. Working in groups or on their own, students would create animations and will be led through setting up, sequencing, rendering, editing, and sound of a short piece. Simple software tips and options will also be discussed. Those who would like to simply observe the process are welcome as well.  Scott will introduce a variety of approaches, and will make a short animation start to finish, and will provide an in depth handout so students can follow along and have a reference for later.

Space is limited, so if you would like to attend, you will need to RSVP by visiting our Eventbrite event page here.

This fantastic opportunity is free and open to the public!

For those of you who have signed up, below is the list of items you will need to bring with you to the workshop:


Beforehand, please decide if you’d like to make a 2D or 3D style animation and the kind of materials you’d like to use.

Drawing or 2D Style Animation

  • A fairly large drawing (22″ x 30″ is a good bet) lightly drawn.
  • Drawing supplies, such as ink, dark graphite or pastels


  • A collage with various pieces not adhered to the surface of the paper. This would work best flat on a table, so a copy stand may be required.

(For inspiration, check out the work of artist, William Kentridge (art21 on has a nice segment on him), who makes animations from charcoal drawings.)



3D Style Animation

  • The objects that will be the “characters” of your animation (these can be whatever you’d like–legos, action figures, coffee cups, pieces of clay (if you’re interested in claymation), anything!
  • A set for your objects to inhabit (the background is most important)

(Sources of inspiration: movies such as Coraline, Wallace and Gromit, some old monster movies, etc…)


All animators or groups of animators will need

  • Digital Camera
  • SD card with plenty of room
  • Tripod
  • Clamp lights (optional)
  • Laptop (optional)
  • External hard drive (optional)


If you’re looking for simple stop-motion software, check out iStopMotion, which is about $50 to download (seems to be Mac only). Dragonframe is another good option, but it much more expensive. These are just suggestions for those who feel they really want to pursue stop-motion in the future, and are completely optional for the workshop.

For more information on Scott and her art, you can visit her website here!

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!