Featured Women Artists

Our Mission

This catalogue raisonee is dedicated to highlighting women artists whose works are held in the permanent collection of the NMSU Art Museum. The students of ART478- Women in Art started this project in the Fall of 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Zarur. The research has been collected by Jennifer Abeyta, Felicia Castro, Carleen Cirillo, Saul Ramirez, Latha Sankaran and Jesus Zubia. We hope this will be the beginning of a more comprehensive documentation of work by women artists in this collection.



Judy Anderson

Judy Anderson has over 30 years of experience in the field of art as a teacher, administrator, and artist. She is the founding director of Platte Forum, a non-profit art center in Denver, which pairs inner-city youth with resident artist-mentors for projects culminating in exhibitions.


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Mary Bauermeister

Mary Bauermeister was born in Germany in 1934 and attended Staatliche Saarländische Schule für Kunst und Handwerk in Saarbrücken during the 50’s…

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h2011-77-nancy-frostNancy Frost Begin

Nancy Begin was born on 21 July 1946 and raised in Buffalo, NY. As an artist, Begin was constantly on a voyage of discovery, not so much to reproduce what is in front of her but to seek new landscapes…

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Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis achieved early and lasting notoriety when she appeared in the November 1974 edition of Artforum magazine wearing nothing but a pair of cat’s eye sunglasses and gripping an enormous dildo…

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Darya Von Berner








Joann Brennan







Susan Coe

Sue Coe is a contemporary English artist who is best known for her political graphic illustrations as well as her activism. Coe was born in Tamworth, England on November 28, 1951 and immigrated to the United States…

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Judy Dater









Dorothy Dehner

Dorothy Dehner is an American artist born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1901. In 1915, she moved to California to study modern dance and in 1922, she tried to become an actress…

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Ann Fessler

Ann Fessler is an American filmmaker, visual artist and author. She has received her BA from Ohio State University in Columbus, the MA at Webster University and, finally, the MFA from the University of Arizona…

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Gretchen Garner

Born in 1939, art teacher, critic and self-taught photography enthusiast, Gretchen Garner says of her work, “I am fascinated by the unintentional man-made beauty in the world,”…

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Judith Golden

Judith Greene Golden and born in 1934 and grew up on the south side of Chicago in a multi-cultural neighborhood which influenced her early work. As a child, she attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago…

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Jacqueline Gourevitch

Jacqueline Gourevitch was born Jacqueline Hermann in Paris in1933. Her parents moved to New York when she was a child and she attended a High School of Music and Art.  At age 16, she knew she wanted to become a painter, and signed up for a summer program at Black Mountain College in located nearby in upstate New York.

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Susan Kae Grant

Susan Kae Grant obtained her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she focused on Photography and Book Arts in 1979.  She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981, and then became a Professor and Head of the Photography program at Texas Woman’s University.

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Winfrey Hearst

Winfrey Hearst is a native of El Paso (born in 1972), Texas and received both her B.A. in Art and B.S. in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She furthered her study of ceramics…

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Claire Henze

Claire Henze was born in Pasadena, CA, in 1945 and died in 1993.  Although her death is recorded, where she died is not. Documentation about her life or her art is sparse…

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Amanda Jaffe

Amanda Jaffe began her work as an artist in the 1970’s, working in mixed media installations. Jaffe’s ceramic art was inspired by Roman and Byzantine mosaics from Italy as well as Islamic tiles…

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Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning was a prolific artist, art critic, portraitist, and art teacher during the height of the Abstract Expressionists era and well beyond. Born March 12, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, her work is…

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Joyce Kozloff










Judy Litcht








Diane Marsh

Diane Marsh grew up Buffalo New York, received a BFA from Daemen College in 1976, and a MFA at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978. She moved to New York City in the early 1980s where she became influenced by the neo-expressionist scene. Her paintings began to take shape with ideas that were conceptual, photographic, figurative…

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Monica Aissa Martinez










Delilah Montoya







Celia Munoz







Marion Palfi

Born to an aristocratic family in Berlin in 1907, Marion began professional life as a model and actress working for her father, a producer-director, in several films. Rejecting Germany’s developing radical politics in the 1930s…

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Anne Siems

Anne Siems was born in Germany in 1965. Her family lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1969 to 1971, where she became immersed in a new culture that would later inform her work. She first lived in the United States from 1986-1991 as an exchange student. Upon returning to Germany, she went to graduate school in Berlin at the Hoschschule der Kunste and obtained her MFA.

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith was born at St. Ignatius Jesuit Mission on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Reservation in 1940. Her father was an accomplished horse trainer and trader…

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Amy Rankin

Amy Rankin is an American artist from New Mexico. For more than 20 years, Rankin has worked in various disciplines that is reflected in her work. Some of these disciplines include printmaking, painting and drawing…

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Sandy Sorlien

Sandy Sorlien was born and raised in the Schuylkill River watershed and lives in Roxborough near the Manayunk Canal. Sorlien is a photographer, neighborhood planner, and watershed educator…

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Nancy Sutor

Nancy Sutor studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BFA in 1977. She has long worked in and around the community of Santa Fe, NM, teaching photography at the College of Santa Fe, Georgia O’Keefe Museum

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Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems was born on April 20, 1953 in Portland, Oregon and was the second child born to her parents. Weems as an artist is known for her work involving relationships with family, work dealing sexism and identity, as well as power…

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Alisa Witteman

Born Alisa Wells in 1927 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the artist worked in the media of photography creating multi-layered images and worked with found glass-plate negatives. She studied at Pennsylvania State University…

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