A Note from the Director

Dear Community of Southern New Mexico, NMSU Students, staff, faculty, friends and family, 

The NMSU University Art Museum (UAM) prides itself on community outreach, support and involvement, especially with the recent opening of Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020. Our priority is to protect and support our students, community, visitors, and staff, so it is with the heaviest of hearts that we have decided to postpone our Mama Create-Ups, and will update you on all of the rescheduled dates as they become available. 

The UAM has temporarily closed as of March 14 in accordance with the NMSU implementation of a system-wide closure. Our hope is to be able to reschedule our events at later dates, and allow for the reopening of regular or limited hours at the UAM in the near future. More information regarding these decisions will be made and dispersed as they become available. Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community members, especially those mothers and children that we are aiming to support through the events associated with our Labor exhibition. 

We look forward to announcing soon when we will be able to welcome visitors back to our new Museum, and encourage you to visit our website uam.nmsu.edu, Instagram and Facebook @nmsuartmuseum for continued updates. Please stay safe and please contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns- misage@nmsu.edu or 575-646-6110. 

Much love and support,
Marisa Sage
NMSU University Art Museum 

Marisa Sage, Director, misage@nmsu.edu

Thank you for your interest in the NMSU University Art Museum:

The current University Art Museum (UAM) exists within the Borderland region on the campus of New Mexico State University (NMSU), a complex environment spawning innovation, experimentation, and learning. This geographical context creates a unique role for the UAM since it is comprised of a diverse audience with numerous cultural influences. Beginning in February of 2019, the UAM will undergo a tremendous transformation supported by NMSU and the State of New Mexico when it opens into its new home in Devasthali Hall, a 55,000 sqft., 21st century, Visual Arts building named after donors Drs. Rama and Ammu Devasthali, housing both the NMSU Department of Art and the 8,700 sqft. University Art Museum.

With a notable holding of prints and photographs, the UAM has actively acquires and stewards a robust permanent collection of diverse artworks. As the contemporary visual arts hub in southern New Mexico, the UAM also provides enriching and informative experiences through participatory engagements with historical art, particularly its collection of over 1,700 retablos (the largest known portfolio of nineteenth century Mexican devotional paintings in the U.S.) and the Don Gonzales Collection, a collection of 90 World War I and II era propaganda posters. Through its expansive collaborations with internationally-renowned visiting artists, the full regional arts community, and interdepartmental partnerships, the UAM facilitates educational programming that aligns with the teaching objectives of both the Department of Art and NMSU. For the past three decades, the UAM has consistently designed numerous educational programming and outreach opportunities for local and visiting audiences in the Borderland, ranging from exhibitions, workshops, performances, and lectures to catalogues and scholarly publications.

For the first time in the history of NMSU the new art museum will house two permanent collection gallery spaces, the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery and the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery. In addition to these two new collection focused exhibition spaces, the Zane Bennett Collection Study Room will allow visitors to request, view and research directly from NMSU Permanent Art collection. Through curated exhibits and collection-based educational programs with current community values in mind, the UAM will showcase its one of a kind modern and contemporary art collection. In the new museum, the State of New Mexico and public and private donors have invested in a state-of-the-art museum fire suppression system, a climate control system, and a customized art collection storage system which will allow for the UAM to properly store, preserve and care for the collections held in public trust.

Offering a bridge between the expansive regional community of Southern New Mexico and the university, the new UAM opening in 2020 is poised to:

● Vision:

With new and expanded facilities, a growing permanent art collection, and exceptional educational

programming that facilitates creative economy opportunities at a land-grant, Hispanic-Serving

Institution, the UAM actively aligns itself with the mission of NMSU to serve the diverse needs of the

state through comprehensive art-based programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and

public service.


● Mission:

The NMSU University Art Museum actively works to establish the importance and significance of the

visual arts relative to the diverse human values present in our broader community on and off campus by

offering educational participatory engagements with artists and contemporary and historical visual art.


In order to fulfill our responsibilities and raise the work of the UAM to a higher level, we aim to:

#1  Increase the Quality of Scholarship at the UAM

#2  Increase Student Access to the UAM

#3  Increase Attendance at the UAM

#4  Increase Membership at the UAM

#5  Increase the UAM Impact through Outreach


To contact me with any questions of comments, please call 575/646-2545 or email misage@nmsu.edu. Please, sign up for our mailing list to find out more about our upcoming programming. I look forward to seeing you at our exhibitions and events.


Marisa Sage
University Art Museum
New Mexico State University