MFA’s Artist Talk
“Syn-” 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition will be displayed in the Contemporary Gallery along with the “Juried Student Show” and will feature the work of master of fine arts candidates Cierra Redding and Ger Xiong. The MFA exhibit takes a deeper look at how each artist navigates their identity through the use of materials, form and objects.
Born with a rare eye condition, called nystagmus, Redding explores her surroundings through touch. Her work focuses on her personal loss of interactions in a world of human separation and social isolation. She was inspired by the philosophy of renowned family therapist Virginia Satir, who prescribes eight daily hugs to maintain emotional well-being. Redding sculpted eight “hug” impressions to document and display the loss she has endured.
Redding hopes to leave a lasting impression on her viewers by, “creating sculptures that evoke a sense of rediscovery of the importance of comfort, support and human connection.”
Similarly, Xiong’s work is personal to him but the theme relates to many – navigating his cultural identity as a Hmong American. Through the lenses of migration, colonization and resilience of being Hmong, his finely crafted textiles are visual narratives that tell stories of his family’s migration from Thailand when he was a child.
“My work is to tell my Hmong American experience in hopes that others can relate it to their own experience and begin telling their stories and conversations of our cultural identity and history.”
Redding and Xiong also will present a virtual artist talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit
BFA’s Artist Talk
Las Cruces, NM–The Department of Art and the University Art Museum is proud to present, featuring the work of graduating BFA: Jesus Del Rio, Jiyong Kim and Blanca Martinez.
Jesus’ work reflects his fascination with the sociological and psychological conditions that shape our reactions to the world. Some of the most prevalent topics I have covered are human sexuality, mental health, and the inequalities of this country, particularly as they dominate societal norms and issues.
Jiyong uses photographic media to express the relation between the subject and himself as a photographer. His process combines the needs of the world of commerce with insights from fine art, spirituality and psychology. He also focus efficiently on elemental form, rhythm and pattern allowing for visual impact to be accomplished with simplicity.
Blanca focus on family relations and emotions. She explores the complexities between parents and children as well as individual connection within family by using illustrations to create a conversation about how families interact with one another in a home space and how emotions can carry onto future generations.
Del Rio, Kim and Martinez will have an artist talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdO2tpjouE9S_mLnAJ2aHRBvEiZkyrojO
Saint Joseph & The Laborers, Retablo Making Workshop
Live on Zoom: Thursday, February 25th, 6PM
Taught by NMSU alumni: Karen Conley, in collaboration with the Dona Ana Arts Council
Register here: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApduyrrTsoGNZiibnyof39oKKDaE2WXuxu
The University Art Museum will host a live virtual retablo making workshop with artist Karen Conley where she will teach community members and children how to make retablos for the museum’s next event, “Joseph’s Feast Day,” a community-sourced collection of homemade altars built by confined families all over the world. Altars can include retablos, photographs, food offerings, rosaries, milagros or other materials that may connect to stories of surviving COVID-19, struggles with illness or hardship and other journeys associated with labor.
This live interactive event will also be recorded and posted on the UAM website for individuals to access after the workshop to help make their home alters. Read more about the workshop here.
Previous events now online:
Prior to the virtual opening of the UAM spring exhibition Sorry for the Mess, the University Art Museum hosted a live virtual plant making workshop with artist Justin Favela where he taught community members and children how to create piñata-style paper sculptures for a desert garden that will be integrated into the show. This interactive event was pre recorded and posted on the UAM website for individuals to access after the workshop. Read more about the workshop and follow along with the lesson here.
Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020
On view: February 28 – December 6, 2020
This exhibition features the work of artists Tracey Baran, María Berrío, Patty Chang, Lenka Clayton, Amy Cutler, Joey Fauerso, Tierney Gearon, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Kelly, Justine Kurland, Marilyn Minter, Laurel Nakadate, Hương Ngô & Hồng- Ân Trương, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons, Wendy Red Star, and Mickalene Thomas.
Public Opening reception: Friday, February 28, 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM
Jessica Jackson Hutchins Site-Specific Performance: Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:15 PM
Post Labor Events
February 28- March 30, 2020
Read, view and watch all the events we had opening weekend and throughout the first two weeks of Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 including: a curatorial Walkthrough with Marisa Sage and Joey Fauerso, an ARTIST/MOTHER Live Podcast: With Kaylan Buteyn, a Reading of the artist book by Lenka Clayton Mothers’ Days , and the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival.
Click here for full details.
ALONE/TOGETHER is a curated series of prerecorded online programs that took place on Saturdays during the Covid-19 pandemic. Created by the UAM in collaboration with artists and programming partners from Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 (Labor), ALONE/TOGETHER was fully online, utilizing an array of social media and online apps the global community had become even more familiar with in this new world of social distancing.
Many of these projects developed from existing programs that were slated to take place in the museum exhibition, including live performances, pre-recorded video, and experimental community programs led by artists in our community. Plans continue to evolve as our global situation does, and as we reopen to the pubic, we welcome you to read all about and watch all the programming that took place by clicking here.
Mama Create-Ups (Prerecorded and available online!)
The UAM transitioned many of our previously scheduled Mama Create-Ups to a new online format. The Mama Create-Ups series provided informational talks by local specialists on themes, such as lactation, FMLA, and carving out time for your passions, offering resources for mothers within the local community, as well as our expanded digital community. All events took place on Saturdays at 1PM MST using the digital platform Zoom, and they lasted approximately one hour. In connection with each of the digital Mama Create-Up events, the UAM presented a uniquely designed OutsmART children’s art workshop created by a local artist mom. The UAM’s OutsmART children’s workshops mission is to expose children in the southwest region to art through exploration and play. These events were designed to be done around the house, with common art supplies, and can still be completed by children by following the videos and PDFs provided. This art workshop’s goal is intended to provide mothers with some alone time, but the art projects can be completed at any time and in collaboration with your children!
All the events and workshops were recorded and can be viewed here:
Online Mama Create-Ups #1: Mama’s Leche: Michelle Hackney and New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force
Video of the event available now / Recorded live on June 20th.
OutsmART Children’s Program:
“Wild Beasts” Project for the Fierce Mama’s & Babes Artist to know: Henri Matisse with Mama’s Leche Illustrator: Mia Ortiz-Gandara. Download the PDF here and create at anytime from home.
Online Mama Create-Ups #2: Carving Out Time For Your Art (Passions)
Artist/Mother Book-Heather Kirtland and Marissa Huber
Video of event available now / Recorded live on July 11, 2020
OutsmART Children’s Program: Andy Warhol Animal Portraits a workshop by artist/mother Isadora Stowe. Watch online and create from home at anytime by clicking here.
Online Mama Create-Ups #4: Doula, Midwife, and OBGYN Panel: Explore childbirth options in the time of COVID.
With Ruth E. Romo, Bernadette Carrillo and Sabrina Paulos.
Video of event available now / Recorded live on Saturday, August 15, 2020
OutsmART Children’s Program: Stop Motion Animation, a workshop by artist/mother Sharbani Das Gupta
Register online here for the zoom workshop
More online Mama Create-Ups programming coming soon including: Fostering or Adopting in New Mexico, and a panel with a Doula, Midwife, and OBGYN exploring childbirth options in NM. Check back often for updates.