UAG Biannual Banner Project

The UAG Biannual Banner Project is an outdoor exhibition utilizing the banner panels on the exterior walls of the Department of Art Building. The project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience, which echoes the exhibition within the UAG. Twice a year, the UAG Banner Project requests artists to submit images of their artwork to be made into high-quality outdoor banners and hung on the banner systems installed on the outer walls of D.W. Williams Hall. This is an exciting opportunity for the UAG and the artists to have thousands of viewers see the work as they walk or drive down University Avenue past the campus of New Mexico State University.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.

Fall 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!




Spring 2016

In conjunction with the exhibition of “Water! What is it Good for?”, the theme of the spring 2016 UAG Biannual Banner Project asked artists to create pieces inspired by issues concerning water rights, drought, and water conservation. The project’s objective is to create an outdoor gallery experience, which echoes the exhibition within the UAG.

Marisa Sage, Curator of “Water! What is it Good for?” and Director of the UAG, the UAG Exhibition Review Board, and Julia Barello, Academic Department Head of the NMSU Department of Art – collectively chose two artists for this project. The two artists chosen for this rendition of the banner project are: Kerstin Jones Dale and Jacob Weigel.

Kerstin Dale’s current work is based on her concern for the ecological changes in the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River, versus the population growth of the desert southwest. Water – it’s absence or presence- its memory is the prominent feature in her artwork. She aims to elevate the role of water, by using her art practice to highlight the utterly essential nature of water, pay homage to the gift of water, and to mourn its loss. Her exhibition record record includes exhibitions at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson Art Museum, and Prescott College Gallery. Her work has been supported by a Contemporary Forum Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. Kerstin received her BFA from the University of Arizona, and her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Kerstin currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ.


Originally from Wisconsin, Jake Weigel moved to Texas in 2014 and currently teaches sculpture at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. His work explores the human condition of exploration and the unknown, incorporating subjects of ecology, anthropology, mathematics, theoretical physics, art, history, and literature. Weigal has exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States. His other research involves independent writing, curation and exploring the intuitive and meta-cognitive elements of the creative process itself.

The banners will be exhibited from January 21-May 14, 2016.

Fall 2015

Our exhibition “Between Here and There” about our close geographic proximity to the U.S./Mexico border, inspired artists to take an approach to better understanding immigration issues that are essential to gaining a broader understanding of our area and our neighbors.  As a country comprised of immigrants, what does the continuous erection of a geo-political border mean to us in 2015? Are the arts capable of answering important questions related to the border, sparking critical thinking and problem solving for border issues, and igniting critical conversation in this area? Ongoing with the “Between Here and There” show, artists Hiko Unemura, Lisa Jetonne, and Xanthe Miller created artwork for the outside banner portion of the exhibition.

Xanthe Y. Z. Miller grew up in an Arizona mining town near the Mexican border. She left to attend Macalester College in Minnesota and to study at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Oregon but was always inspired by the desert landscape and the sharp contrasts between the myth and the reality of the frontier. She returned to the Southwest and now lives in El Paso. She incorporates found objects, recycled materials, and desert plants into mixed-media pieces. Her work deals with landscapes, cultures, and conflicts of the Southwest border.

Lisa Jetonne works with a wide range of mediums, both three and two dimensional. Jetonne’s practice explores a variety of issues, including historical and modern land use, human relationships with land, environmental issues, and constructs such as class and leisure. The submitted images relate to “border” as a division between loved ones and family members.

Hiko Uemura is based in Rotterdam NL. The photographic works combine her deep interest in social environments, nature and its life, history and its tales. The images travel the borders of fine art, the illustrative, and the graphical. The approach to her subjects make her embed into isolated communities to work and experience the harshness, love and determination of life. Light, people and the edge of time are theme of her surreal photography style.

Summer 2015

The applicant’s of the summer 2015 UAG Biannual Banner Project were asked  to create pieces inspired by the re-examination of the cliché and nostalgic Old West in order to see it in a fresh light.   The entries are in, and three artists—Beth Krensky, David Lash, and Jodi Stuart—have been selected from a

large number of applicants to have their original artworks on display in conjunction with the 2015 Summer exhibition entitled, “Re: Visioning the West.

Jodi Stuart is an artist originally from New Zealand, but moved to the United States in 2010.  She has been living and working in Denver since 2011, and has thus had a chance to acquaint herself with the American West.  The underlying theme of her artworks is the question of how we, in the highly digital and virtual world we live in, view ourselves and our environment.  The two banners chosen by Stuart are an “exaggerated rendering of the quintessential southwest,” with blue skies and red rocks depicted as a seemingly 3-dimensional “texture map”.

Beth Krensky is an artist, activist, and educator whose art seeks to “provoke reflection about what is happening in our world as well as to create a vision of what is possible.”  Two banners have been chosen by Krensky, both of which consist of photographs of her performance pieces in which she integrates religion with her understanding of the idea of westward expansion.

David Lash is an artist that has been drawn to wilderness from a very young age, and his artwork reflects this passion.  The banner that has been chosen by Lash considers the “precious and precarious” wildlife of the southwest.  Lash currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ and studies at the University of Arizona.

The banners will be on display throughout the duration of the “Re: Visioning the West” exhibition, which runs from May 21st through August 22nd.  The opening reception for this show will be Thursday, May 21st from 5-7pm in the UAG, and is free and open to the public.

Fall 2014

Off the Wall”, is an exhibition inspired by the minimal wall drawings and sculptures of Sol LeWitt. This two-part exhibition will both trace the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU, as well as show the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. In addition to the exhibition, artists Diana Surma and Jacob Weigal were selected to display their works in part of the banner portion of “Off the Wall.” 

The “Off the Wall” installation runs August 29 – September 11. This is a public installation that is free and all ages from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, closed Sundays. Exhibition closes December 6, 2014.