Current Exhibitions


GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection

Co-curated by Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos

September 8 – December 21, 2016


Public Opening: Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m.

Live Music by Em & the Pop Jazz Band; Light Refreshments



When we have unified enough certain knowledge, we will understand who we are and why we are here. – Edward O. Wilson


GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection is an interdisciplinary exhibition that creates a visual laboratory and educational space unifying contemporary visual art, geology, and other natural sciences into a hypothetical space. GEOMAGIC creates a platform to explore ontological responses to spirituality, technology, and anthropogenic geological concerns of preservation in relation to the natural environment.

GEOMAGIC pairs works from the Zuhl collection, a Wunderkammer-like collection of over 1,800 specimens of petrified wood,fossils and minerals on the campus of New Mexico State University, with contemporary artists, who within their practice, utilize various mediums that resemble, echo, and mimic the geological to explore our ever-evolving scientific and technological landscape.

Like the many cultures that look for wisdom and signs from the physicality of our Earth, the artists included in this exhibition draw on the knowledge and historical significance of natural specimens to inform their practice. The minerals, crystals, fossils, and woods that exist in the Zuhl collection are a form of New Age geomancy or alchemy; and like our earliest master painters who ground up minerals to make their magic on canvasses, our contemporary artists’ cull from multiple mediums referencing forms of nature as the influence for their often speculative science-based creations. The displays and programs associated with GEOMAGIC will act as dialogical intersections for critical learning by all-age community members. Works like “Fossil Necklace,” by the artist Katie Paterson and made in collabor ation with scientists, is comprised of 170 carved fossils, spans geological time, and addresses the implications of human activities and our global impact. From the Zuhl Collection, the selection of petrified wood, fossils, and minerals will help audiences of all ages examine the interpretations of the natural world and provide social and environmental contexts for the artworks.

GEOMAGIC emerges as an investigation into the new heights we might reach if the walls of the disciplines continue to fall and research-based practices converge to reach new solutions to the most complex questions of our anthropocentric times.

Featured artists will include: Christine Gray, Jason Middlebrook, Megan Harrison, Amy Brener, Laura Moriarty, Katie Paterson, Emily Nachison, Christine Nguyen, Andrew Yang and Ryan Thompson.

Read more press here: The University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University will receive a $15,000 Art Works award from The National Endowment for the Arts for its interdisciplinary exhibition, “GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection.”

Check out our GEOMAGIC Gallery images page here !

All photos are by Bree Lamb













NEOMAGIC, juried by Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos, is an exhibition featuring geological-inspired artworks by both undergraduate and graduate students from the NMSU Main Campus. With NEOMAGIC, the student version of the UAG’s GEOMAGIC exhibition, it was our intention to provide NMSU students an opportunity to show their work for an entire semester in conjunction with an exhibition featuring nationally renowned artists. This juried student show presented a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and skills while responding to both the contemporary art on display in the University Art Gallery and the Zuhl Collection specimens.

The featured student artists and their works are:

Jennifer Abeyta, Mirrored Defense
Debbie Jo Baxter, Skull
Maggie Day, Offering
Felicia Castro, Glam Rock #1, Glam Rock #2, and Glam Rock #3
Rachel Cover, Untitled (Work #1)
Joshua Flores, Untitled
Eva Flynn, Badlands
Carissa Staples, Opal Essence
Lara Teich, The Damele, The Sardonyx, and the Abalone and Cabochon Potpourri

This exhibition will run through December 7th. If you would like to visit NEOMAGIC, the Zuhl Museum is located inside the Alumni and Visitors Center. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8-5 p.m., and the second Saturday of each month, from 12-5 p.m. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The Zuhl Museum offers guided tours of exhibits to community and school groups. Reservations are required to ensure appropriate staffing levels for a quality museum experience. For more information visit, or call 575-646-3616!


Fall 2016 Banner Project

Inspired by the GEOMAGIC: Art, Science, and the Zuhl Collection Exhibition


The University Art Gallery invited artists of all levels, ages, and locations to submit digital files of original works for consideration for our Biannual Banner Project. The Fall 2016 Banner Project will run in conjunction with the current exhibition, GEOMAGIC, which is on display at the University Art Gallery through December 21, 2016.

The call for this Banner Project asked artists to submit works that dealt with themes surrounding the Anthropocene age and the natural environment. The project’s objective was to create an outdoor gallery experience that complemented the Zuhl Collection specimens and contemporary artworks featured in the GEOMAGIC exhibition. Check out the banners below and on the exterior walls of the Department of Art / D.W. Williams Hall building on the NMSU Main Campus!