Together Through as Within

Tethered Descent by Craig Cully & Kelly Leslie

Date: 12/7/2022

Contact: Jasmine Herrera, Art Museum Coordinator, NMSU University Art Museum (575-646-2545; jasminew@nmsu.edu)

Las Cruces, NM—The New Mexico State University Art Museum (UAM) is pleased to present the first NMSU Department of Art exhibition in Devasthali Hall: Together Through as Within, on view from January 20-March 11, 2023 and curated by Leslie Moody Castro. Concurrently, the exhibition Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism, on view January - May 20, 2023 and curated by Dr. Joanna Matuszak, Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, will feature selections from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection in the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery.

 

Together Through as Within

Together Through as Within is curated by Leslie Moody Castro, independent curator and writer based in Mexico City and Inaugural Curatorial Resident at the Department of Art at NMSU. The exhibition features the work of staff and faculty within the Department of Art at NMSU, where each educator is also an artist, working to build their own practice and the practices of the generation of artists whom they mentor and guide. 

Their work comes together in a new space, a building made for the collision of ideas and generations, of methods and mediums, and of the push and pull of criticism and acceptance. Moody Castro discussed the challenge of curating artists working across a broad range of interdisciplinary practices and allowing the work to converse in the gallery space. She stated, “There are a lot of conceptual conversations happening both in their work and practices around the landscape, commodification, meditation, water, nature, destruction, and pollution. These are obviously really broad topics, but they are being touched on in various nuanced ways.”

 Participating artists include: 

Christopher Bardey, Tauna Cole, Craig Cully in collaboration with Kelly Leslie, Brita d’Agostino, Maggie Day, Jeffrey Erwin, Motoko Furuhashi, Michelle Haberl, Carissa Samaniego, Rebecca Smith, Bree Lamb/Muscle Memory + Joshua R. Clark/Muscle Memory

 

Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism

 In the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism presents war-era posters and artworks from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection that address twentieth-century imperialism and its effects: militarization, nuclear arms race, destruction of human lives, and damage to the natural environment. Curated by Dr. Joanna Matuszak, Visiting Art History Professor in the Department of Art, this exhibition also highlights violence and methods of survival, which not only characterize wars, but are often enacted by children and adults in the form of games.

 

Collaboration with 516 ARTS for Desierto Mountain Time

In conjunction with Together Through as Within, 516 ARTS, a non-collecting contemporary art museum in Albuquerque, NM, will present Artists as Knowledge Carriers, featuring the work of art professors in higher education – including NMSU, University of New Mexico (UNM), CNM, and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) – who are guiding emerging artists into the future. Their role is essential in cultivating critical and informed intellects in the realms of contemporary art and global culture. Highlighting the artistic production of these mentors reveals their unique visions, rigor, and dedication to their craft. Artists include: Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee/Ioway), Stefan Jennings Batista, Craig Cully, Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe), Welly Fletcher, Motoko Furuhashi, Mayumi Nishida, Jazmin Novak (Diné), Daisy Quezada Ureña, James Rivera (Yaqui), Carissa Samaniego, Will Wilson (Diné), and Stephanie J. Woods. The exhibition is curated by Rachelle B. Pablo (Diné) of 516 ARTS, in consultation with Moody Castro.

This collaboration between the UAM and 516 ARTS is part of Desierto Mountain Time, a constellation of contemporary arts organizations in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico drawn together by a shared interest in making meaningful connections between local and international communities. Together, this collaboration offers thematic programs with artists, educators, curators, activists, and arts administrators whose dynamic practices integrate cross-border, regional, and global issues. Learn more at DesiertoMountainTime.org.

The UAM exhibition Together Through as Within will be on view from January 20–March 11, 2023, and Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism will be on view from January 20–May 20, 2023. An opening reception will be held at the UAM on Friday, January 20, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. MST. Artists as Knowledge Carriers at 516 ARTS will be on view February 4–May 6, 2023.

Visit uam.nmsu.edu and 516arts.org for public programs related to the exhibitions at both museums.

Artist’s bios and further information regarding this exhibition are also available on the museum’s website. Museum admission and programming are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit uam.nmsu.edu.


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NMSU Artists Bio:

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Christopher Bardey

Christopher Bardey is the Lead Preparator at NMSU. He earned his BFA from the University of Georgia (1993) and MFA from New Mexico State University (2010). Bardey’s work resides in public and private collections around the country, including the El Paso Museum of Art, the City of El Paso, and the U.S. Library of Congress.


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Joshua R. Clark

Joshua R. Clark is Assistant Professor of Ceramic Art at NMSU. He received his BFA from The Ohio State University (2013) and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2015). He has exhibited nationally and internationally with notable exhibitions at the Yingge Ceramic Art museum in Taiwan; Museum of Ceramics in Fiorano, Italy; Museum of International Design and Ceramics in Laveno-Mombello, Italy; Arizona State Museum of Art in Tempe, AZ; and the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Clark works with Bree Lamb as the collective Muscle Memory.


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Tauna Cole

Tauna Cole-Dorn is Associate Professor of Art at NMSU. She received her BFA from Boise State University (1992) and MFA from New Mexico State University (1996). Cole has embedded herself into the community through volunteering, exhibiting work as a member of Border Artists, as well as various solo and group shows. 


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Craig Cully in collaboration with Kelly Leslie

Craig Cully is Associate Professor of Art at NMSU. He received his BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art (1993) and MFA from The University of Arizona (1999). Cully’s work has been featured in gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. His work is in the permanent collections of the Boise Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma, and Museum of Art at Texas Tech University. 

Kelly Leslie received her BFA in Graphic Design from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (1988) and MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Arizona (1997).


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Brita d’Agostino

Brita d’Agostino is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at NMSU. She received her BA in Art from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (2003) and MFA from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC, 2007). She has exhibited in venues that include Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Aperture Foundation. Her awards include a Fulbright to Australia in 2019.


Maggie Day

Maggie Day

Maggie Day teaches ceramics at NMSU. She received both her BFA (2017) and MFA (2021) from the NMSU Department of Art. Her work has been shown nationally, including the Clay Studio’s 2019 Graduate Student Biennial in Philadelphia, PA.


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Jeffrey Erwin

Jeffrey Erwin is Manager of Facilities and Safety for NMSU’s Department of Art. He received his BFA from Western Colorado University (2015) and MFA from New Mexico State University (2018). Erwin has exhibited nationally and internationally including Scotland, New York, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and New Jersey.


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Motoko Furuhashi

Motoko Furuhashi is Associate Professor of Art at NMSU. She received her BFA from Humboldt State University, CA (2007) and MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011). Her work has been exhibited nationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Oakland Museum of California.


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Michelle Haberl

Michelle Haberl is Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at NMSU. She received her BA in Studio Art from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX (2010) and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2015). Haberl’s work has been exhibited nationally, including the Barnes Foundation; Texas A&M University in College Station, TX; the International House Philadelphia; Salem Community College; and the Woolen Mill Gallery in Reedsburg, WI.


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Bree Lamb

Bree Lamb is Assistant Professor of Photography at NMSU. She received her BFA from Pennsylvania State University (2007) and MFA from the University of New Mexico (2015). Lamb’s work is in the permanent collections at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, the University of Iowa, Arizona State University and the Southwest Center for Research. Lamb works with Joshua R. Clark as the collective Muscle Memory.


Carissa Samaniego

Carissa Samaniego

Carissa Samaniego is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at NMSU. She received her BA from Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, and MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder (2017). She exhibits regionally throughout the American west, in the greater United States, and internationally in Europe and Asia.


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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is the Department of Art Student Program Coordinator. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University (2006) and her MBA from University of Maryland-UC (2011).


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Dr. Joanna Matuszak

Joanna Matuszak, Ph.D is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art at NMSU. Her research focuses on contemporary performance art and art of the Global East in the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.