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4th Annual Avenue Art

Downtown Las Cruces, April 25th, 2015


AVENUE ART NEW MEXICO is a one-day community festival where art happens before your eyes as artists of all ages create paintings on the street. The canvas is Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces, New Mexico. Juried artists compete for cash prizes and awards. There is also be a special area set aside for our very young “ASPIRING ARTISTS” to play and create (so bring your kids!)

Event Details

The event is open to all artists living in New Mexico and West Texas. There is no charge for participating artists, but entry is competitive, and artists must complete an application and submit 5 samples of their previous work (the previous work need not be street art, but should represent the artist’s capabilities) as well as a sketch of the artwork they propose to create for the event. Team entries are encouraged.

Selected artists will attend a mandatory workshop prior to the event.

Each participating artist (or team of artists) are supplied a good selection of pastels, rags, sunscreen, a carpet pad and spray bottle. Artists wishing to use water-soluble wet media in their technique must supply those materials on their own. All painting must be done in chalk, pastel or tempera.

No permanent materials may be used (use of disallowed materials may subject the artist to charges from the City of Las Cruces for clean up).

Each artist has the use of a 10 x 10 foot “pop-up” shade for sun protection, and can choose to create either a 5’ x 5’ square or 4’ x 6’ rectangular (vertical or horizontal) painting.

Participating artists check in beginning at 6am on the day of the event and commence work by 7am. Artists work until 2pm, when judging begins. Awards are announced by 2:15 pm. Because artists must complete their paintings within those hours, team participation is encouraged (especially for Youth/Student artists). There are three categories of artists divided by age, with a YOUTH category (Elementary and Mid-School students), STUDENT (High School and College students), and an ADULT/PROFESSIONAL category age 24 and older. Cash prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category, as well as for “Audience Favorite”.

All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges.


!Oye! Celebrating Visions for the Future

Date/ Place: October 10-11, 2015/ Downtown Las Cruces

 A group of artists, dancers, scientists, performers, engineers, actors, mathematicians, techies, writers and students are putting together a 30-hour vision for the future to explore new ways of living and the changes necessary to create an exciting sustainable future for our world.

 Named !OYE!,  translated “Listen,” the group’s purpose is to consider and encourage sustainability in all aspects of life.

 !Oye! seeks all forms of experimental and traditional two and three dimensional media, moving projected image (video, film, animation, and kinetic digital imaging), installation, conceptual, and elemental pieces (using earth, air, water/ice, fire and light) and other formats to be installed and presented in public spaces in Downtown Las Cruces.

 In performance and the movement arts, we welcome meditation practices, dance, drama, theater, music, concept pieces, circus and acrobatic, literary, poetic, and any other forms. We especially encourage audience interaction pieces.

In the fields of science, technology, and engineering, we seek the presentation of innovative concepts and methods that can be presented in intriguing ways.

Send all inquiries to  for more information call Brandi Lozada- Johnston at 575 405 4142

New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM):

The New Mexico Museum of Art offers a number of volunteer opportunities annually.  Please visit their website for more information by clicking the above hyperlink.

The Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX):

The Chinati Foundation offers a number of internship programs, ranging from conservation to management experience opportunities.  Please visit their website for more information by clicking the above hyperlink.

SITE Santa Fe:

Numerous volunteer opportunities in addition to some unpaid internship opportunities are available through SITE Santa Fe.  Please visit their website for more information by clicking the above hyperlink.