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Thoma Foundation Support for Education and the Arts in Southern NM Starts with $600,000
August 2, 2022

The University Art Museum at New Mexico State University and Ngage New Mexico have each received $300,000 grants to be used over three years to support capacity building.

SANTA FE, NM - The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, a private family foundation with offices in Santa Fe and Chicago, has made its first grants to support educational and arts nonprofit organizations in southern New Mexico. Ngage New Mexico and the University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) have each received a $300,000 grant to be used over three years. These grants will help the two organizations build staff capacity and create greater impact within the communities they serve.

“What drew us to these two organizations was not only their strong leadership, but that both are at a critical inflection point in their growth,” said Holly Harrison, Director of the Thoma Foundation. “In the landscape of New Mexico philanthropy, the southern part of the state is frequently overlooked, so we also felt strongly about accelerating the innovation and collective impact efforts endemic to this region.”


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Joey Fauerson's Relax your face installation

Conversation with Joey Fauerso on the Occasion of her Exhibition, “Wait for It,” at New Mexico State University Art MuseumReview: Joey Fauerso’s Weighty Metaphors at NMSU Art Museum
by Hills Snyder August 2, 2022

Four of us went down to Las Cruces for Joey Fauerso’s opening on June 10. A few days later I sent Joey some questions.

Hills Snyder (HS): Is your work cinematic?

Joey Fauerso (JF): This is a good question. What do you think? I would hope that some of the pieces function that way. When I think of something being cinematic, I think of a transportive experience, something that is immersive and uses scale to trigger an emotional, physical experience in the viewer. I recently saw Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s film Drive My Car in the theater with my brother, Neil. It was such a beautiful movie; the sound design blew me away, you physically felt like you were inside of the scenes, sometimes inside of the body of the characters, almost like some of Janet Cardiff’s sound installations. With my video works, I love the editing process — the rhythm and orchestration of editing across multiple screens. I guess in all of my work, the physicality is really important. A lot of my work resides at the intersection of painting and performance. One of my favorite all-time works is Jasper Johns’ painting Bitten by a Man from 1961; it is so direct and immediate, it feels like it just happened, and that maybe you were the one who took the bite. Getting back to the cinematic, I would like to continue to push the scale of my work, both with the videos and paintings.

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Nocturne for Robert Fuller and Malcom Harsch

Review: Joey Fauerso’s Weighty Metaphors at NMSU Art Museum
by Nancy Zastudil July 12, 2022

Heavy. That’s how I would describe Joey Fauerso’s exhibition Wait For It at the New Mexico State University Art Museum in Las Cruces. But heavy things are also strong and, given the right balance of conditions, can be buoyant. And there lies the beauty and complexity of Fauerso’s work.

Balance and strength are undercurrents of the artist’s practice, including what happens when stability is off-kilter, in question—things shatter, structures collapse, worlds topple. Wait For It, which traveled from the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin (where it was organized by director MacKenzie Stevens with gallery manager Clare Donnelly) presents these ideas through a selection of Fauerso’s work including video, mural-size wall and floor paintings, steel armatures, and monoprints and includes a poem of the same name by 2017 Texas poet laureate Jenny Browne.

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Nocturne for Robert Fuller and Malcom Harsch

NMSU Art Museum NEA grant to support fall exhibition
June 12, 2022

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a $40,000 grant for the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University, among $1.6 million in NEA awards recommended for arts projects in New Mexico.

The NEA recently announced more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions. Grants are in three NEA funding categories: Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town and State and Regional Partnerships.

The NEA grant to the University Art Museum will support “Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium,” a two-part exhibition displaying 19th and 20th century retablos from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection alongside new works by Latinx artists, which will open in September.

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NMSU Art Museum grant approved by NEA to support fall exhibition
by Minerva Baumann May 27, 2022

LAS CRUCES - The National Endowment for the Arts has approved a $40,000 grant for the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University, among $1.6 million in NEA awards recommended for arts projects in New Mexico.

The NEA recently announced more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and United States jurisdictions. Grants are in three NEA funding categories: Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town and State and Regional Partnerships.

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NEA Awards $91 Million to Over 1,200 Arts Organizations
by  Elaine Velie May 25, 2022

Funded projects include an exhibition of contemporary and historical retablos and a residency that pairs glass artists with creators in other mediums.

At the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Art Museum in Las Cruces, curator Emmanuel Ortega wants to do more than just exhibit the museum’s vast collection of Mexican ex-votos (traditionally Catholic devotional paintings) — the largest in the country at around 2,000. Ortega also wants to shift the narrative around Mexican art outside the canon. Instead of having visitors understand the works simply as “folk art,” Ortega hopes museum-goers will reflect on the larger themes these paintings explore.

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Behind the Scenes With Three New Mexico Curators
by Jordan Eddy May 24, 2022

These university museum leaders are bridging cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with their students.

SANTA FE, NM  New Mexico’s university art museums are an important forum for bringing together urban and rural communities that otherwise have little contact. Three university museum curators, vertically spanning the state, are determined to bridge cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with artists and students. Behind the scenes, they toil amidst complex social and economic forces on campus and beyond. Every aspect of their work, from composing wall text to securing funding, is in flux.

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National Endowment for Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2022
May 18, 2022

Washington, DC—For its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is announcing more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and U.S. jurisdictions. Grants are in three NEA funding categories: Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, and State and Regional Partnerships.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

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NMSU Mellon Foundation

by KFOX14 Staff February 20, 2022

In Sunday's Built in the Borderland show, Robert Holguin, interviews a former prosecutor who is now focusing on his art.

Patrick Gabaldon explains why he loves the desert landscape so much.

He then showcases Brave Books.

The library is hosting an event honoring the late Dr. Diana Natalicio.

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NMSU Art Museum lands $300K grant

by ABQJOURNAL NEWS STAFF February 07, 2022(*Updated February 08, 2022)

The New Mexico State University Art Museum has been awarded a grant of $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“These funds make it possible for us to take the next step toward our vision of growth, including improving operations and hiring a collections curator,” said Marisa Sage, director of the University Art Museum, in a statement.

“With this support, we can expand public access to collections, and holistically support artists throughout the creation and exhibition process.”

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NMSU Art Museum awarded $300,000 Andrew W. Mellon grant

by EPHP Promotions February 08, 2022

NMSU Art Museum is among a select group across the country to receive a competitive grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The art museum was among those invited to apply for a grant of between $150,000 and $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation’s Art Museum Futures Fund. The $300,000 grant will be used to support general operations for the NMSU Art Museum.

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NMSU Art Museum awarded $300,000 Andrew W. Mellon grant

by Minerva Baumann February 05, 2022

LAS CRUCES - The New Mexico State University Art Museum is among a select group across the country to receive a competitive grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The art museum was among those invited to apply for a grant of between $150,000 and $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation’s Art Museum Futures Fund. The $300,000 grant will be used to support general operations for the NMSU Art Museum.

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