Upcoming events:

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Walk-Through with Dr. Emmanuel Ortega
October 1, 2022; 1pm: 

Join exhibition curator Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, Marilynn Thoma Scholar and Assistant Professor in Art of the Spanish Americas at the University of Illinois at Chicago, for a walk-through of ContemporaryEx-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium. Ortega will discuss themes present in the NMSU retablo Collection, commissioning artists for this exhibition, and his collaborative curatorial approach.

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Artist Lecture with Francisco Guevara
October 13, 2022; 5:30pm: 

Exhibition artist Francisco Guevara will participate in a virtual lecture to discuss his artistic practice as well as his work with the Arquetopia Foundation, an international nonprofit arts and cultural foundation and residency program. He’ll discuss his research of NMSU’s ex-voto collection and outline connections to his ongoing mission to anchor art practices in local knowledge and critical academic perspectives.

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Panel: "Curatorial Practices in the Borderlands"
October 27, 2022; 5:30pm: 

Panel: “Curatorial Practices in the Borderlands” with Kerry Doyle of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP, Josie Lopez of Albuquerque Museum, Ed Gomez of Mexicali Biennial, Edgar Picazo editor-in-chief of Azul Arena, and Christian Diego Diego of Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez.

Moderated by Dr. Emmanuel Ortega, a prestigious panel of arts facilitators and curators will discuss their approaches to curating, exhibiting, and writing about the land and artistic practices specific to the borderlands region

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Artist talk with Eric J. Garcia, in partnership with NMSU’s Visiting Artist and Scholar Series Online/Offline 
November 7, 2022; 6:00pm:

Exhibition artist Eric J. Garcia will discuss research and new work from his time with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. He interrogates the language of the U.S. immigration system, specifically the term “alien,” and invading colonial powers to the Americas. The graphic style of his politically-charged work challenges viewers to question sources of power and the whitewashing of history.

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Nazarin Movie and Discussion
November 17, 2022; 5:30pm

Screening of Luis Buñuel’s 1959 film Nazarín, followed by a discussion with Emmanuel Ramos-Barrajas of Borderless Cultures. Borderless Cultures is an ongoing collaboration with filmmakers and scholars to create opportunities for entertainment, education, and the critical dissection of the racialization of Latinx peoples in film.

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OutsmART Ex-Voto Collage Workshops
October 22, November 5, November 19, 2022

NMSU Art Museum invites students ages K-12 to participate in three art-making workshops related to the current exhibition, Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium. Students will learn about historic ex-votos, contemporary Latinx artists, and important themes of the exhibition. They will be invited to make personal ex-votos, learning to use collage skills and various techniques along the way. Participation in all three workshops is not required but recommended, since each workshop will build on the skills learned in the previous workshop. While classes will be geared towards K-12 participants, all ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend.  Parents and guardians are invited to attend.


Ex-voto: A painting of spiritual images made to give thanks for a miracle received. Typically, they are narrative images that show the personal story of how the miracle happened.

Collage: a technique of making art where materials from different sources (magazine clippings, ribbons, paint, tissue paper, text, or photos) are glued together to create a new whole.

Previous Events:



Virtual Lecture - Judy Chicago, Perspectives from Archives and Collections

Saturday May 7th, 1:00pm 

This lecture, which was presented by William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art will focus on the Nevada Museum of Art’s collection of Judy Chicago artworks, and the importance of institutional collections and archives for documenting and preserving artwork, resources, and historical information related to artists. 

William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer.  He has published sixteen books on cognition, art, and landscape and has researched and written books set in the Antarctic, the Arctic, the Himalaya, and the deserts of Chile, Australia, and the United States. His most recent book is Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments.




OutsmART Event- Embroidering a Feminist History

Saturday May 7th, 1:00pm 

This OutsmART event will was led by Las Cruces-based embroidery artist, Bethany Meier from Queer and Crafty Creations. Meier will lead students through a workshop to create their own embroidery artwork that symbolizes and reflects on important women in their lives. This workshop included age-appropriate options for children, and will end with participants able to take their original artworks home with them! A digital version of the option will be available at the UAM’s website, and we encourage anyone who participates from home to post or send a photo of their artwork and tag the UAM. 

Bethany Meier-Evans is a local art vendor and the owner of Queer and Crafty Creations. She started embroidering as a pandemic hobby in the spring of 2020 and loved it so much that she has turned it into a successful small business! When Bethany is not making embroidered art or hanging out at local art shows, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and their pets! As someone who is passionate about women's rights, Bethany is excited to have an opportunity to connect women's history with her love of embroidery! You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy @QueerandCraftyCreations!



Panel Discussion- Critical Approaches to Place:
Thursday, January 20, 5:30PM

COLLAB SPACE, UAM, Devasthali Hall and on Zoom 
Panelists shared thoughts on Las Cruces and our region—its pasts, presents, and futures. The panel coincides with a Spring 2022 class co-taught by Dr. Kerry Banazek (NMSU English) and Dr. Eric Magrane (NMSU Geography) that examines sense of place, media, mapping, and representation. Both the class and panel are part of the NEH-sponsored Critical Approaches to Place project.

Exhibition Opening Reception:
Contemporary Gallery & Bunny Conlon Gallery – Nikesha Breeze- Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation

Mullennix Bridge Gallery– Remembered Landscapes: The Sacred Space of Home. Works by
Jackie Mitchell Edwards
University Art Museum, Devasthali Hall
Friday, January 21, 5:30-7:30PM

Stages of Tectonic Blackness: Blackdom live performance
University Art Museum, Devasthali Hall
January 21, 6:30PM

 Here is a link to the performance: Stages of Tectonic Blackness - Live Performance

Artist Exhibition Walkthrough W/Nikesha Breeze
University Art Museum, Devasthali Hall
January 22, 12:00PM


The Colored Museum, A play written by George C. Wolfe
University Art Museum, Devasthali Hall
Fridays, February 4 , 11, 7:00PM

Performed and produced by The Be Group, The Colored Museum presents 11 humorous “exhibits” of African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem.


Artist Talk: Sites of Resistance- Marie Alarcón, Nikesha Breeze, Nansi Guevara
Saturday, February 19, 1:00PM
Features artists who activate the intersections between diasporic communities, cultures and places to forge sites of resistance and sources of power. This panel is off-site and is part of Desierto Mountain Time. It will be located at Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Building #31 and online. 
Learn more about the panel here



Panel Discussion: Blackdom, New Mexico– Its History and Potential Futures
University Art Museum and on Zoom
Saturday, March 5, 2:00PM
This collaborative panel will explore the history of Blackdom, NM, the first and only all Black community in New Mexico, through the perspective of scholars, artists, and descendants of the founding 13 African American families of the town. The goal of this panel is to facilitate discussion of possibilities for lasting change in Southwest New Mexico for Black and brown people, and to make action steps towards gaining public and sustained access to the ruins of Blackdom, NM for future generations. The panel is presented by partnering organizations in Desierto Mountain Time (DesiertoMountainTime.org), a cross-border contemporary art collaboration. 


OutsmART Children’s Workshops:
OutsmART is a series of Saturday interactive art workshops exploring the power of art to impact children’s everyday lives. All ages and experience levels are encouraged to attend. Parents and guardians are invited to come to the classes. Each workshop is related to artwork exhibited in the University Art Museum. More information coming soon. 
Collage and Hand Tools Workshop W/Jackie Mitchell Edwards
Date: Saturday, February 5, 1:00PM
Community Performance Workshop W/Nikesha Breeze
Date: Saturday, February 12, 1:00PM
Theater Production workshop W/The Be Group
Date: Saturday, February 26, 1:00PM


Online Paper Plant Making Workshop with artist Justin Favela

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 showThis 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. 


Saint Joseph & The Laborers, Retablo Making Workshop
Taught by NMSU alumni: Karen Conley, in collaboration with the Dona Ana Arts Council
Watch and follow along here:

The University Art Museum hosted a live virtual retablo making workshop with artist Karen Conley where she taught community members and children how to make retablos for the museum’s, “Joseph’s Feast Day” event, 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 was recorded and posted on the UAM website for individuals to access after the workshop to help make their home alters and retablo. Read more about the workshop here.
Download lesson plan now. 



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. 

Click here for more information regarding this event.




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

Click here for more information regarding this event. 


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.