This group show, curated by Marisa Sage, UAG gallery director, was juried by the UAG Exhibition Review Board from more than 100 international applicants who applied for an open call made by the UAG for exhibition proposals.
The Exhibition Review Board is a new committee made up of community members, nationally recognized arts professionals and NMSU art faculty. In “Re:Visioning the West,” the University Art Gallery challenges the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light. We ask our viewers to examine the clichés and nostalgic visions of the “Old” West as myth, and consider these contemporary artists’ views of the West as telling a layered story of our complex relationship with the tenet of Manifest Destiny.
In epic paintings, triumphant books, and perhaps most famously, projected in full Technicolor onto the silver screen, the West has inspired various artistic media throughout the history of the United States. Through the various media reflected in this exhibition, the University Art Gallery hopes that its visitors leave the space with a newfound perspective of the West and its typical connotations.