Past Exhibitions


Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium

Curated by: Dr. Emmanuel OrtegaUniversity Art Museum, Contemporary Gallery, Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery

September 30-December 22, 2022

Opening: September 30, 2022; 5:30-7:30pm

Performance by DJ Mira Mira: 5:30-6:30pm
Artists Introduction: 6:30pm 

Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium, is the first exhibition to pair 19th–20th century retablos from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection with new works by contemporary Latinx artists. Guest curated by Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, Marilynn Thoma Scholar and Assistant Professor in Art of the Spanish Americas at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), this exhibition sheds light on the understudied iconographic and ideological aspects of ex-votos, a type of retablo (small devotional painting) depicting miracles painted on tin and found materials. 

The NMSU Art Museum houses the largest collection of Mexican retablos in the U.S. This exhibition demonstrates the important place retablos hold in the history of the Americas; it recontextualizes studies of contemporary devotion in Latin America and the U.S. by commissioning artists to research the retablo collection. This show results in site-specific works that consider how retablos are more than by-products of colonialism, illuminating current socio-political issues of class, race, and gender through artistic methodologies of resistance.

Artists include: Justin Favela, Eric J. García, Francisco Guevara, Dan45 Hernandez, Juan Molina Hernández, John Jota Leaños, Guadalupe Maravilla, Yvette Mayorga, Daisy Quezada Ureña, Krystal Ramirez, Sandy Rodriguez, Xochi Solis, and José Villalobos. 

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Image: Guadalupe Maravilla, I am sending love to my eight-year-old self Retablo, 2021, oil on tin, mixed media on wood, 44 x 21 x 4 inches.



(ir)regular evolution: New Works by Rachel Stevens
Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery, University Art Museum
June 10-September 2, 2022

(ir)regular evolution is an exhibition featuring all new works in clay by Rachel Stevens, NMSU Department of Art Emeritus Professor. These pieces mark a radical shift in Stevens’ practice from large-scale monochromatic metal installations to multicolored biomorphic ceramic sculptures. From evolutionary theories of meteors sparking life on earth to genetic mutations causing cataclysmic pandemics, in this exhibition Stevens’ new forms explore the (ir)regularities that she is embracing in her own work and in our modern world.

Stevens received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and MFA from Syracuse University. Stevens received the Fulbright Research Scholarships to Patan, Nepal in 2006 and Lviv, Ukraine in 2018. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and has shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Rachel served as Area Head of sculpture at New Mexico State University for 25 years. She now divides her life between Las Cruces, New Mexico and Missoula, Montana.

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Under the table - Joey Fauerso

Joey Fauerso: Wait for It
Contemporary Gallery, University Art Museum
June 10-September 2, 2022

The NMSU Art Museum is pleased to present Joey Fauerso: Wait for It, a solo exhibition featuring the work of San Antonio-based artist Joey Fauerso. Employing techniques that upend traditional modes of art-making, Fauerso’s work opens onto questions of identity, gender and representation. On view June 10 through September 2, 2022, Wait for It includes recent artworks by Fauerso alongside a poem and essay authored by 2017 State of Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne. Wait for It travels to the NMSU Art Museum from the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin where it was organized by MacKenzie Stevens, director, with Clare Donnelly, gallery manager.

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Americana Carissa Samaniego

Pray for Rain by Carissa Samaniego
Mullennix Bridge Gallery, University Art Museum
June 10-September 2, 2022

The NMSU Art Museum is pleased to present Carissa Samaniego: Pray for Rain in the Mullennix Bridge Gallery at the University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), June 10–September 2, 2022.

Pray for Rain is an exhibition featuring recent works by Carissa Samaniego, who will join the NMSU Department of Art as visiting professor of sculpture in the fall of 2022. The selections are from three of the artist’s ongoing projects: the Querencia textile series, Block Pattern Halo drawings, and Americaña research. Through experimentation with varied materials and alternate methodologies, Samaniego explores the cultural histories and socio-political issues of life in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Saint Joseph & The Laborers 
This exhibition was opened by appointment beginning Saturday, February 20, 2020.
The University Art Museum (UAM) is excited to present Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the second exhibition in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery at the UAM. In Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the role of the laborer will be looked at through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery. Through acts of labor, humans fulfill the command found in Genesis to care for the earth, and the direction to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph (San José), the foster-father of Jesus, was a carpenter in Nazareth, serving as a key example of the holiness of human labor. Before Spain had accepted Saint Joseph as a devotional saint, Mexico had already been the “chosen land of Saint Joseph” for several decades, his image disseminated in the common art of retablo painting. Saints such as the Archangels: Saint Michael and Saint Raphael (San Miguel y San Rafael), Saint Isidore (San Isidro), and Saint Vincent Ferrer (San Vicente Ferrer) are other key patrons of laborers in the Mexican Catholic faith, their imagery widespread across Mexican retablos displayed in this exhibition. In this exhibition, the UAM will display for the first time a Mexican bulto (statue), as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords.
“Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” was displayed through Sept. 2021 and is curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA Candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597


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The Better Show: #Bring Your Own
MFA Show, Spring 2022
April 21-May 14, 2022

The University Art Museum (UAM) is proud to announce The Better Show: #Bring Your Own 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by MFA candidates: Dina Perlasca, Carlos Lee Sullivan, and Katrina Laine.

The Better Show: #Bring Your Own is composed of three separate installations presented by Dina Perlasca, Carlos Lee Sullivan, and Katrina Laine that imagine spaces where the irresolvable can be resolved. Perlasca is a Mexican-American ceramicist looking for reconciliation between ideal and real domestic spaces using symbols to encode her heritage. Sullivan is an assemblage artist who creates fairy tales without resolutions, pointing at the emptiness in their structure. He seeks to create new forms of optimism and innocence in that emptiness. Laine is an installation artist giving permission to herself and others to take up space and time in order to heal from collective and personal trauma.


Judy Chicago, Marie Antoinette from the Great Ladies series, 1973, sprayed acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 in., private collection.
 © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Establishing Our Own Art History: The Influence of Judy Chicago
MA Show, Spring 2022
April 21-May 14, 2022

The University Art Museum (UAM) is proud to present the first Master’s of Art thesis exhibition in the UAM by MA candidate Courtney Uldrich. Establishing our Own Art History: The Influence of Judy Chicago, curated by Courtney Uldrich, explores themes produced throughout the career of leading Feminist artist Judy Chicago, while analyzing the impact of her work on other women-identified artists housed in the NMSU Permanent Art Collection at the University Art Museum (UAM). Through photography, video, prints, artists books, and an array of mixed-media works, the exhibition explores key concepts in Chicago’s career including: historical erasure of women; gender constructs; personal heritage and identity; environmental issues; and mortality. Expanding upon the scholarship of Judy Chicago’s career, this exhibition provides a critical look at how her work influenced and intertwined with other women-identified artists, principally Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ artists. In 2016 a new collecting mission was established to transition the UAM’s focus onto collecting significant works by leading female, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented artists to more accurately reflect the diverse cultural and social communities in the Southwest region. This curatorial project is an intentional step towards recognizing the continued focus of diversifying the NMSU Permanent Art Collection. Included artists such as Wendy Red Star, Paula Wilson, Rose B. Simpson, and Las Hermanas Iglesias, reflect how the lack of representation of this history is essential to contemporarily understanding these important topics.

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2022 Juried Student Show
University Art Museum, Contemporary Gallery, and Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery
March 18 - April 9, 2022

The NMSU University Art Museum (UAM) is thrilled to announce the 2022 Juried Student Show (JSS) in Devasthali Hall on the campus of NMSU. Every year the UAM receives an impressive variety of submissions by both undergraduate and graduate students, highlighting a broad range of materials, methods, and ideas. The JSS is an opportunity to acknowledge NMSU’s hard-working students by recognizing their outstanding creativity. This exhibition always attracts a large audience and encourages widespread community support. 

The 2022 JSS, juried by Carissa Samaniego, features fifty artworks in a wide range of mediums created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and various majors across the NMSU main campus. 

One of the most exciting components of the JSS is that students are eligible to receive monetary awards. These awards benefit the students both by honoring and encouraging them during a crucial time of growth, development, and training. As usual, the JSS has received significant support from the community, and the UAM is honored to be able to give out over $4,500 in awards this year. 

Please join the UAM for our opening reception on Friday, March 18, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The award ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. The Juried Student Show will be on view in the Contemporary Gallery at the University Art Museum at NMSU from March 18 through April 9, 2022.

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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, an exhibition 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 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 new body of work by Mitchell Edwards was inspired by artist Nikesha Breeze’s 2020 call for BIPOC artists to create Hand Tools of Resilience. 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 and 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.

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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.


Nikesha Breeze– Four Sites of Return:
Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation & Reclamation 
University Art Museum, Contemporary Gallery and Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery
January 21-March 5, 2022
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Four Sites of Return- Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation & Reclamation, includes new and existing works by artist Nikesha Breeze that surface the collective traumas, histories, rituals, and healing of the African Diaspora in the Southwest. Through site-specific installation, sculpture, paintings, film and live performance, Breeze seamlessly weaves African Diasporic histories, Afrofuturism and their own ancestral connection to Blackdom, NM, the state’s first all-Black community. This exhibition opens on January 21st, 2022 at the University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the Contemporary Gallery and Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery and will remain on view until March 5th, 2022. 

Within Four Sites of Return, a new iteration of the project Stages of Tectonic Blackness will be presented. Stages of Tectonic Blackness is an ongoing series of durational performances and ritualized, elongated mourning rites choreographed and orchestrated by performers Nikesha Breeze, Miles Tokunow, Lazarus Nance Letcher, and cinematographer, MK. Stages of Tectonic Blackness: Blackdom, was physically performed in November, 2021 and is conceptually centered in the early 20th century Black freedom town called Blackdom. The UAM will present a two-channel film of the performance, as well as mixed-media objects and a kiosk playing interviews from descendants of Blackdom.

Join us for the opening reception of these two exhibitions 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.

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Press image: Nikesha Breeze and Miles Tokunow;  Stages of Tectonic Blackness: Blackdom (Still from performance), 2021. Photo credit: ©Monica Kennedy.

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Syn- Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding MFA Thesis Exhibition 2021
April 23 – May 15, 2021
Virtual opening reception Friday, April 23, 5:30 PM

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The UAM is proud to present Syn – featuring work by artists Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding, the first Master of Fine Art candidates to exhibit in the newly opened Devasthali Hall. In Syn-, both Xiong and Redding explore themes of identity, loss, and absence through the use of various materials and forms. Ger Xiong’s finely crafted textiles and wearable objects are representative of his complex Hmong cultural identity. Each work navigates his Hmong American experience through the lens of assimilation, migration, and colonization, reflecting loss, commodification, and the resilience of being Hmong. Cierra Redding’s sensorial and experiential sculptures reveal a fascination with vision and longing influenced by a long-distance relationship and Nystagmus, a rare chronic eye condition she has had since birth. Redding’s large black ceramic vessels allude to mourning the loss of touch during our complicated COVID times; the exterior textures and brightly colored interiors reference a warm and affectionate time, reminiscent of her childhood in the 90’s. NMSU Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, interprets, “between them exists an engaging discourse, which feels timely and timeless” where “ both artists are wrestling with one of the oldest human conundrums; how to conserve the worthy aspects of our past, both collectively and personally.”

More information regarding the exhibition available by clicking here.

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Submit to the JSS now- March 31, 2020

The University Art Museum at NMSU is requesting submissions for the annual Juried Student Show (JSS). They are accepting entries from currently enrolled NMSU main campus students in any major. Students can submit up to 3 original artworks that have been created within the past 18 months. Submissions will be reviewed by this year’s Juror: Leslie Moody Castro. Castro is an independent curator who splits her time between Mexico City and Texas.

To apply, register for access to the JSS Canvas Site by emailing your full name and NMSU email address to . The deadline to submit is March 31st, 2021. To be eligible to receive awards, students must also apply to Scholar Dollar. Accepted works will be posted on the UAM website, social media, and building doors on April 9th. The exhibition will open on April 23, with a virtual opening reception from 5:30-7:30 PM; the award ceremony will begin at 6 PM.

Image of a piece from Labor Motherhood & Art in 2020

Labor Motherhood & Art in 2020
February 28 – May 28, 2020

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, the inaugural exhibition of the new University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), will open on February 28, 2020 and remain on view until May 28, 2020. This exhibition, co-curated by museum director Marisa Sage and artist Laurel Nakadate, aims to expand and enrich the compelling conversations regarding motherhood in today’s socio-political climate. Through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works, a diverse group of artists explore themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety, and choice. Situated in the Borderplex region of Southern New Mexico, Labor confronts and challenges historic and contemporary ways mothers and mothering have been represented in both art and popular culture. This exhibition strives to create a space of inclusivity and support that offers opportunities not only for internationally-celebrated artists, but also for the regional community, through local programming and the exhibition of work by New Mexico-based artists that speak to their own experiences relating to motherhood.  

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Raphael Benero: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view now online

Las Cruces, NM–The University Art Museum (UAM) presents Raphael Benero: 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring artwork by MFA candidate Raphael Benero.  Benero reflects on the intersections of class, gender, ethnicity and lived experience with hybrid identity through the use of humble materials in sculptures that replicate childhood objects.

Growing up in El Paso, TX, Benero quickly realized that no matter how hard his family worked, keeping up with the Joneses was never in reach. Through observation of other neighborhood kids having lavishly expensive toys while he was left to his own devices, he became aware of unbalanced cultural and class

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FLUXX: 2020 BFA Student Exhibition: 
On view now online

Presenting Bachelor of Fine Art Graduating Seniors: Shaunia Grant, Katelyn LaPage, Olivia Lemmons, Alexxis Ortiz and Jose A. Suarez. The five artists forming the spring 2020 BFA cohort at New Mexico State University each engage in research examining their understanding of themselves within a complex world; made all the more convoluted by the incursion of COVID-19 into their practice. United in their clarity and commitment that saw them through the completion and documentation of their work with a minimum of tools and a lack of studio facilities, their accomplishments are, with more reason, laudable given these challenging times.  Please click on each name to enter the student sites. —Department Head, Julia M. Barello


NMSU Art Museum joins over 14 institutions to host events about climate change
Artists from Las Cruces to Albuquerque hope to draw attention to a biological crisis happening along the Rio Grande with an exhibit titled “Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande.” Subhankar Banerjee, NMSU alumnus and University of New Mexico professor of art and ecology, co-curated the exhibit at 516 Arts, which reached out to enlist other institutions including the Albuquerque Museum, the Ruben Center for the Visual Arts, the New Mexico State University’s Art Museum and many others. The result is a series of local events in Las Cruces throughout October and November intended to bring recognition to issues of regional climate change. Events include a city proclamation, an extinct species workshop, a mural, a film screening and a lecture.
Learn more about Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande and the events around Las Cruces by clicking here. 



dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featured the work of MFA candidates Cleo Arevalo and Fernando Enriquez. dis-continuum linked Arevalo and Enriquez through the duality of their years growing up in both Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Both artists focused on their binary heritage, and the complexities that arise from these connections. NMSU Visiting Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, remarks of their practices, “Arevalo’s work addresses the strategies used in the systemic globalized oppression of the masses, and in Enriquez’s work one can glimpse the results of this globalized capitalist system on a local and personalized scale.”

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition


Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition  

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition, featured artwork by six BFA candidates: Debbie Jo Baxter, Angelica Jones, Bernadette Larimer, Raquel Madrigal, Saul Ramirez, and Carissa Staples. The common thread between the artists in this exhibition was their exploration and use of unexpected media–pushing the boundaries of their respective art practices to tackle controversial issues, like self-image, identity, intimacy, and the current world around them.

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2019 Juried Student Show

On View: March 14 – April 6, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 PM

Juried By:  Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

The annual Juried Student Show, which kicks off 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 with an opening reception at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, will serve as an opportunity for the community to get an up-close look at the artistic talents of NMSU students. The Juried Student Show will feature 41 individual pieces of work from both undergraduate and graduate students at the university. The pieces were chosen from a wide range of artwork submitted from various majors all across the NMSU campus. Artists Andy Arkley and Julie Alpert served as the jurors for this year’s show. The pair are fresh off the spring exhibition of their own show, “Light Tricks,” which ran at the University Art Gallery from Jan. 31 until March 2.

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Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

On View:  January 31- March 2, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley present new installations, sculptures, drawings, and interactive videos. Each artist utilizes various forms of light and shadow (projected, reflected, and emitted) to evoke a nostalgic, playful, dramatic mood. They each use light to draw attention to their invented visual language of signs and symbols abstracted from childhood memories. Alpert’s use of everyday materials and her repetition of hearts, chains, hashtags, drips, and friendship bracelets refer to high fashion, teenage doodling in the margins of notebooks, the keepsakes she made and traded at summer camp, and the inevitable decay of all things. Arkley’s work encourages a childlike sense of discovery and strives to foster inclusion, positivity, and elation.

Read more about the exhibition and programming here.



On View: October 4, 2018- January 12, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Superbloom was a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. This exhibition examined the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlined an expansive framework within which viewers meditated on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse

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This exhibition was partially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico’s Devasthali Family Foundation Fund and the George and Lucy Gray Endowed Art Fund.

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On View: July 26 – September 21, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Jenny Morgan: A HIGHER GROUND, tracks the development of Morgan’s body of work starting from graduate school at the School of Visual Arts to her more recent paintings exploring the individual through high-def glimmering layered portraits that tackle the real and surreal.  

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This exhibition was supported by the Friends of the University Art Gallery and Dr. Wayne F. Yakes, M.D..



On View: May 24 – July 14, 2018

Joint Opening Reception:  Friday, June 1, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Mexico State University Art Gallery, in collaboration with The Las Cruces Museum of Art presents Here and Now, a regional, juried exhibition featuring works in all media. Here and Now includes works created by artists living and working within a 150 mile of Las Cruces. Paintings, prints, photographs, video, ceramics, and sculpture highlight the diverse approaches to creative expression found in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. 

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Read more about  Community Quilt- A new project facilitated by the artist John Garrett.




Featured Artists:Fahimeh Foudazi, Joshua Flores, Madison Manning, Monica Martinez, Tiago Finato, Patrick Shaffer, and Jeffrey Erwin

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2018

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition, gathers together a broad range of creative interventions into the questions we face every day. As you walk through the galleries, engaging with these works, you will encounter a number of efforts to ask what it means to be someone now, what identity is and how we might find it, maintain it, and come to own it. Meanwhile, we learn from these works that the questions of identity intersect with questions of memory, society, power, and politics.

Read more about the exhibition here.



2018 Juried Student Show

Juror: Cathy Lee Crane, 2017-18 Resident, Border Art Residency

On View: April 3- April 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

“The annual NMSU Juried Student Show is an incredible opportunity for the community to see a glimpse of what NMSU Art students of all levels are working on at this moment in time,” said Jasmine Woodul, gallery manager. The exhibition features a wide range of artworks created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and various majors across the NMSU main campus.

Read more about the exhibition here. 


Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs  (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest)
Supported by a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University Art Gallery (UAG) presented  Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest) as its major exhibition for Spring, 2018. On view from January 26 through March 16, 2018, this site-specific exhibition visually materialized and meshed memories of the past and present in Red Star’s investigation of her Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian father’s life in rock music, a site of familial importance and popular culture that has informed the artist’s practice and individual and collective identities as an Apsáalooke (Crow)-Irish American woman. 

ON VIEW: January 26 – March 16, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, January 26, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CURATED BY: Michelle Lanteri

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ON VIEW: November 27-8 , 2017, University Art Gallery, D.W. Williams Hall, NMSU.

POSTCARD SALE: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

The 4 th biannual Project: Postcard exhibit and fundraiser was presented by the NMSU Department of Art and the University Art Gallery in D.W. Williams Hall on the NMSU campus. Postcard-sized artwork was created and donated by alumni, faculty, and students, as well as regional, national and international artists will be exhibited and offered for sale. 

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Featured Artists: Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón, and the Jellyfish Colectivo

On View: Thursday, October 12 – Friday, November 17, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri and organized by Marisa Sage.

The artists in  Interference + Interaction mediated everyday noise, communication, and social predicaments within personal and political spheres, negotiating the boundaries of the complex and multilayered issues that arise due to the current relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. 

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Fugitive Fibers

Featured Artists: Sandra Doore, Erika Lynne Hanson, Jeana Eve Klein

Mara Lonner

On View:  August 31-September 30, 2017

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

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New Acquisitions  /  Nuevas Adquisiciones

UAG Permanent Collection 2015-2017

On View:  June 9-August 18, 2017

Opening Reception:  Friday, June 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Closing Reception:  Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Each year, the UAG actively acquires locally and globally significant artworks to incorporate into its permanent collection, which has exceptionally strong holdings of twentieth and twenty-first-century photographs and prints and nineteenth-century Mexican retablos. Works including those by Joshua Shane Flores, Felice House, Zachery Lechtenberg, Mónica Martínez, Jason Middlebrook, Jenny Morgan, Christine Nguyen, Wendy Red Star, Jim Waid, Terri Warpinski, Kerianne Quick, and selections from the Don M. Gonzales Poster Collection.   View works and installation images here. 



Yolanda Cooper MFA Thesis Show

Life As It Is: Yolanda Cooper 

On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm

This solo exhibition by Yolanda Cooper is comprised of a series of complex and deeply personal self-portraits of the artist. These scintillating works are visual materializations and embodiments of the artist’s fight for her place in the present moment.


2017 Juried Student Show

Juror: Steven Randall, 2016-17 Participant, Border Art Residency in La Union, NM

On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm;

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

This exhibition is an annual tradition at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University. It features a wide range of artworks by students of all levels at New Mexico State University.



Java What?

Juried by: Michelle Lanteri

On View: 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. 

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Gallery View of Exhibition

The Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation are pleased to present the touring exhibition: In Good Time:Photographs by Doug DuBois

Curated by: Cory Jacobs

On View: February 23-April 15, 2017

Artist Talk: Thursday, February 23, 5:15-6:15 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:00-7:00 pm

Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly and engages in long-term photographic projects. He tells stories that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.

*For more information about the exhibition, click here*


Impermanent Topography:  2017 Department of Art Faculty + Staff Exhibition

On View: January 17-February 9, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri, Interim Gallery Director

Featuring works by eleven NMSU Department of Art faculty and staff members, Impermanent Topography addresses the social, political, geographical, and cultural landscapes that comprise our ever-shifting understandings of contemporary life. This exhibition grapples with the unwieldy intersections of memory, selfhood, and information through human inscriptions of identity in paint, metal, clay, digital media, and experimental sculpture. A diverse selection of media and style give form to the inquiries put forth by the Impermanent Topography artists.

Artists:  Julia Barello, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Craig Cully, Jessika Edgar, Motoko Furuhashi, Richard Hesketh, Wes Kline, Adam Labe, Bree Lamb, Jacob Muñoz, Rachel Stevens

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GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection

On View: September 8 – December 21, 2016

Co-curated by: Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos

GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection is an interdisciplinary exhibition that creates a visual laboratory and educational space unifying contemporary visual art, geology, and other natural sciences into a hypothetical space. GEOMAGIC creates a platform to explore ontological responses to spirituality, technology, and anthropogenic geological concerns of preservation in relation to the natural environment.

Featured artists will include:  Christine Gray, Jason Middlebrook, Megan Harrison, Amy Brener, Laura Moriarty, Katie Paterson, Emily Nachison, Christine Nguyen, Andrew Yang and Ryan Thompson.

This exhibition was made possible by an Art Works Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. 

Read more press here: The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will receive a $15,000 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts for its interdisciplinary exhibition, “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection.”

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NEOMAGIC , juried by Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos, was an exhibition that featured geological-inspired artworks by both undergraduate and graduate students from New Mexico State University. With NEOMAGIC, the student version of the UAG’s GEOMAGIC exhibition , it was our intention to provide NMSU students an opportunity to show their work for an entire semester in conjunction with an exhibition featuring internationally renowned artists.

September 23 – December 7, 2016

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Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25

Organized by: Jessika Edgar and Drew Ippoliti

July 28, 2016 – August 25, 2016

Univarsity Art Gallery


An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall

Guest Curated by: Jessica Hankey and Erin Colleen Johnson

May 26 – July 16, 2016

Read more about this exhibition here!


Subjects to Change: 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Cassandra Dixon, Andrea Luella Gohl, Katy Stuckel.

April 20 – May 14, 2016

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Juried Student Show 2016

March 10 – April 9, 2016

Juror: Alejandro Almanza Pereda

University Art Gallery



Water! What is it good for?

January 21 – February 27, 2016

This exhibition featured works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry.  In  Water! What is it good  of?, Taylor and Perry create critical spaces for viewers to engage with multifaceted environmental concerns.   Click Here for installation photos of this exhibition.



Points of Departure

November 12 – December 19, 2015

“Points of Departure” offers a multifaceted collaboration between NMSU and Towson University in Maryland.  In this immersive exhibition, there are three concepts being presented: l abo ra tory, Curatory, and Points of Departure.   Click here for installation photos.


Your General Store by Jason Middlebrook

September 3 – November 7, 2015

Your General Store is no ordinary place of commerce.Jason Middlebrook (b. Jackson, MI; lives in Hudson, NY) has altered an old shipping container to create a replica of a nineteenth-century general store, reminiscent of another era, when early towns in the west relied on the general store to carry supplies of all kinds. Middlebrook’s general store features handmade and salvaged objects available through barter. Within  Your General Store an alternative economy exists, one that is defined by both the clerk and the visitor. The project is part of SITE Santa Fe’s biennial exhibition series  Unsettled Landscapes, exploring the work of contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. Learn more here.


October 20- October 29, 2015

Project:Postcard Exhibition
NMSU Department of Art’s third biennial  Project: Postcard, an exhibition of original postcard-sized art, created by professional artists from around the globe, NMSU art faculty and art students, past and present, and friends and families of these communities.

Learn more  here


Between Here and There |  Paul Turounet | Terri Warpinski 

September 3, 2015 – October 3, 2015

Opening reception on September 3 rd from 5-7 pm

In this two-person exhibition, visual artists Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski present works that grapple with the complexities and controversies surrounding the constructs of international borders as junctions that designate the present and future for many migrants in transition as well as the effects on existing communities in border regions.


Re: Visioning the West

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

University Art Gallery

Opening Reception is Thursday, May 21, 5-7 pm.  The exhibition will run through August 22nd, 2015.

In this exhibition titled Re:Visioning the West, the University Art Gallery will challenge the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light.

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Santa Fe Commission's Community Gallery Building

June 26th, 5-7pm

“30 UNDER 30” Exhibition Opening

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Commission’s Community Gallery will be opening their doors for their “30 UNDER 30” Exhibition. The featured artists (which include both NMSU faculty and alumni) were selected by a jury, of which our very own Director, Marisa Sage, was a part! If you cannot make the opening, the exhibition will run from June 26th through September 5th, 2015.

Read more about this event here.

MFA Postcard

2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Runs: April 17 – May 9, 2015

Opening Reception: April 24th, 4 – 8 PM

This year’s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, and Kristopher Wilson. While all working in highly different formats, each artist has a connection to the world around us as well as within us.

Read more  HERE


2015 Juried show flyer

2015 Juried Student Show

The NMSU University Art Gallery hosted the annual Juried Student Show, the exhibition featured a wide range of artwork created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines, and various majors across the NMSU main campus.Juror Fausto Fernandez carefully weaved through the online submissions and chose which ones would be included in the show. Click here to see who made it in the show and who also got awards!  Read more here.


poster for the event

Las Cruces Creates

A group exhibition running in the University Art Gallery  January 15th, through February 28th, 2015. This group exhibition features 21 different artists who are currently making art within the community of Las Cruces.
Las Cruces Creates includes works by  Chris Bardey, Nancy Begin, Karen Bucher, Sharbani Das Gupta, Greg Decker, Carlos Estrada-Vega, John Garrett, Stephen Hansen, Amanda Jaffe, Suzanne Kane, Robin Labe, Rosemary McLoughlin, Brack Morrow, Louis Ocepek, Mary Robertson, Joshua Rose, Jesse Reinhard, Jacklyn St. Aubyn, Isadora Stowe, Jean Reece Wilkey, and Mary Wolf.

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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.

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