Exhibitions Archive

dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

dis-continuum: 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featured the work of MFA candidates Cleo Arevalo and Fernando Enriquez. dis-continuum linked Arevalo and Enriquez through the duality of their years growing up in both Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Both artists focused on their binary heritage, and the complexities that arise from these connections. NMSU Visiting Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, remarks of their practices, “Arevalo’s work addresses the strategies used in the systemic globalized oppression of the masses, and in Enriquez’s work one can glimpse the results of this globalized capitalist system on a local and personalized scale.”


Read more about the exhibition here. 

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition 

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2019

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

Reveries: 2019 BFA Thesis Exhibition, featured artwork by six BFA candidates: Debbie Jo Baxter, Angelica Jones, Bernadette Larimer, Raquel Madrigal, Saul Ramirez and Carissa Staples. The common thread between the artists in this exhibition was their exploration and use of unexpected media–pushing the boundaries of their respective art practices to tackle controversial issues, like self-image, identity, intimacy and the current world around them.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

2019 Juried Student Show

On View: March 14 – April 6, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 14, 2019, 5:30 PM

Juried By: Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

The annual Juried Student Show, which kicks off 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 with an opening reception at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, will serve as an opportunity for the community to get an up-close look at the artistic talents of NMSU students. The Juried Student Show will feature 41 individual pieces of work from both undergraduate and graduate students at the university. The pieces were chosen from a wide range of artwork submitted from various majors all across the NMSU campus. Artists Andy Arkley and Julie Alpert served as the jurors for this year’s show. The pair are fresh off the spring exhibition of their own show, “Light Tricks,” which ran at the University Art Gallery from Jan. 31 until March 2.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley

On View:  January 31- March 2, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley present new installation, sculpture, drawing, and interactive video. Each artist utilizes various forms of light and shadow (projected, reflected, and emitted) to evoke a nostalgic, playful, dramatic mood. They each use light to draw attention to their invented visual language of signs and symbols abstracted from childhood memories. Alpert’s use of everyday materials and her repetition of hearts, chains, hashtags, drips, and friendship bracelets refer to high fashion, teenage doodling in the margins of notebooks, the keepsakes she made and traded at summer camp, and the inevitable decay of all things. Arkley’s work encourages a childlike sense of discovery and strives to foster inclusion, positivity, and elation.

Read more about the exhibition and programming here.


On View: October 4, 2018- January 12, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Superbloom was a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery. This exhibition examined the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlined an expansive framework within which viewers meditated on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse

Read more about the exhibition and programming here. 

This exhibition was partially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico’s Devasthali Family Foundation Fund and the George and Lucy Gray Endowed Art Fund. 


On View: July 26 – September 21, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:00 PM

Curated By: Marisa Sage

Jenny Morgan: A HIGHER GROUND, tracks the development of Morgan’s body of work starting from graduate school at the School of Visual Arts to her more recent paintings exploring the individual through high-def glimmering layered portraits that tackle the real and surreal.  

Read more about the exhibition here. 

This exhibition was supported by the Friends of the University Art Gallery and Dr. Wayne F. Yakes, M.D..



On View: May 24 – July 14, 2018

Joint Opening Reception:  Friday, June 1, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Mexico State University Art Gallery, in collaboration with The Las Cruces Museum of Art presents Here and Now, a regional, juried exhibition featuring works in all media. Here and Now includes works created by artists living and working within a 150 mile of Las Cruces. Paintings, prints, photographs, video, ceramics, and sculpture highlight the diverse approaches to creative expression found in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. 

Read more about the exhibition here. 

Read more about Community Quilt- A new project facilitated by the artist John Garrett.




Featured Artists:Fahimeh Foudazi, Joshua Flores, Madison Manning, Monica Martinez, Tiago Finato, Patrick Shaffer, and Jeffrey Erwin

On View: April 26 – May 11, 2018

Opening Reception:  Friday, April 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO: 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition, gathers together a broad range of creative interventions into the questions we face everyday. As you walk through the galleries, engaging with these works, you will encounter a number of efforts to ask what it means to be someone now, what identity is and how we might find it, maintain it, and come to own it. Meanwhile, we learn from these works that the questions of identity intersect with questions of memory, society, power, and politics.

Read more about the exhibition here. 

2018 Juried Student Show

Juror: Cathy Lee Crane, 2017-18 Resident, Border Art Residency

On View: April 3- April 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

“The annual NMSU Juried Student Show is an incredible opportunity for the community to see a glimpse of what NMSU Art students of all levels are working on at this moment in time,” said Jasmine Woodul, gallery manager. The exhibition features a wide range of artworks created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines and various majors across the NMSU main campus.

Read more about the exhibition here. 




Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest)
Supported by a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University Art Gallery (UAG) presented Wendy Red Star: The Maniacs (We’re Not The Best, But We’re Better Than The Rest) as its major exhibition for Spring, 2018. On view from January 26 through March 16, 2018, this site-specific exhibition visually materialized and meshed memories of the past and present in Red Star’s investigation of her Apsáalooke (Crow) Indian father’s life in rock music, a site of familial importance and popular culture that has informed the artist’s practice and individual and collective identities as an Apsáalooke (Crow)-Irish American woman. 

ON VIEW: January 26 – March 16, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, January 26, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CURATED BY: Michelle Lanteri

Read more here for full press and programming information. 

Border Zones and Liminal Bodies 
 This screening features short video art pieces by 12 U.S. and international artists that invite viewers to contemplate contemporary issues, such as migration and refugee crises, disability and the body in movement, feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, water insecurity, and other issues. This program is the first of two screening events for this year’s Feminist Border Arts Film Festival organized by Gender and Sexuality Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Department in collaboration with the Creative Media Institute. 

ON VIEW: March 12, 2018, 10 AM – 6 PM.

Read more here for press and programming information. 



ON VIEW: November 27-8 , 2017, University Art Gallery, D.W. Williams Hall, NMSU.

POSTCARD SALE: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

The 4th biannual Project: Postcard exhibit and fundraiser was presented by the NMSU Department of Art and the University Art Gallery in D.W. Williams Hall on the NMSU campus. Postcard-sized artwork was created and donated by alumni, faculty, and students, as well as regional, national and international artists will be exhibited and offered for sale. 

Read more about the event here. 

In partnership with Visual AIDS, the University Art Gallery, Creative Media Institute and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University presents ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017.

New Mexico State University:

Where: CMI Theatre: 2915 McFie Circle, NMSU, Las Cruces, 88003.

When: December 1, 6pm

What: Screening of  ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS  with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery), Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies.), and Laura Anh Williams, Ph.D. (Gender and Sexuality Studies.). Co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University.

Read more about the event here. 


Featured Artists: Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón, and the Jellyfish Colectivo

On View: Thursday, October 12 – Friday, November 17, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri and organized by Marisa Sage.

The artists in Interference + Interaction mediated everyday noise, communication, and social predicaments within personal and political spheres, negotiating the boundaries of the complex and multilayered issues that arise due to the current relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. 

Read more about the exhibition here. 

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Artist Lecture: Eric LoPresti: Superbloom and Trinity Site Visit

Eric LoPresti was in Las Cruces October 8-10, 2017, as part of his visit to the Trinity Site on October 7, and in preparation for his Fall of 2018 exhibition, Superbloom, in the University Art Gallery.
LoPresti’s is a NYC-based artist who grew up near the Hanford site, where the US manufactured plutonium for the Nagasaki atomic bomb. In Superbloom, he explores this complex relationship through large paintings, a two-channel video and a sequence of performances incorporating local martial artists.


Fugitive Fibers

Featured Artists: Sandra Doore, Erika Lynne Hanson, Jeana Eve Klein

Mara Lonner

On View:  August 31-September 30, 2017

Juried by: Exhibition Review Committee 2016-17: Julia Barello, Jessika Edgar, Heather Gordon, Madeleine Griffin, Michelle Lanteri, Emily Nachison, Katy Stuckel, Jasmine Woodul Organized by: Michelle Lanteri & Jasmine Woodul

Click here for more show information. 


New Acquisitions  /  Nuevas Adquisiciones

UAG Permanent Collection 2015-2017

On View:  June 9-August 18, 2017

Opening Reception:  Friday, June 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Closing Reception:  Friday, August 18, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Each year, the UAG actively acquires locally and globally significant artworks to incorporate into its permanent collection, which has exceptionally strong holdings of twentieth and twenty-first century photographs and prints and nineteenth century Mexican retablos. Works including those by Joshua Shane Flores, Felice House, Zachery Lechtenberg, Mónica Martínez, Jason Middlebrook, Jenny Morgan, Christine Nguyen, Wendy Red Star, Jim Waid, Terri Warpinski, Kerianne Quick, and selections from the Don M. Gonzales Poster Collection.  View works and installation images here. 

Yolanda Cooper MFA Thesis Show

MFA Thesis Exhibition
Life As It Is: Yolanda Cooper 

On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm

This solo exhibition by Yolanda Cooper is comprised of a series of complex and deeply personal self-portraits of the artist. These scintillating works are visual materializations and embodiments of the artist’s fight for her place in the present moment.


2017 Juried Student Show

Juror: Steven Randall, 2016-17 Participant, Border Art Residency in La Union, NM

On View: April 28- May 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm;

Awards Ceremony 6:00 pm

This exhibition is an annual tradition at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University. It features a wide range of artworks by students of all levels at New Mexico State University.



Almost Famous Student Sale

Friday, April 28, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm 

Lobby of the University Art Gallery

Sponsored by: The Friends of the University Art Gallery. 

During the opening reception for the MFA thesis show, Life As It Is: Yolanda Cooper and the 2017 Juried Student Show.

All mediums will be represented, from painting, prints, photography, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, and mixed media. The money raised at the student sale will not only support the individual students, but also the NMSU Department of Art clubs which give students opportunities to go to conventions, symposia, and other enriching activities that supplement their education. A portion of the art sales will support the Williams Hall Renovation Project and will be matched by Ammu and Rama Devasthali. In addition, the funds from any Friends of the University Art Gallery memberships purchased during the sale will go towards the William Hall Renovation Project. So, not only are you supporting the student artists, you are supporting the NMSU Department of Art clubs, as well as the future generations of art students at NMSU.

 The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the University Art Gallery.


Java What?

Juried by: Michelle Lanteri

On View: April 4-April 11, 2017

NMSU Music Center (1075 N. Horseshoe Las Cruces, NM 88003)

Complementing the “Java Love” musical and live poetry performances, this juried art exhibition features work by eight NMSU Department of Art students. Art and design of any media and style were welcomed for this show, with a wide range of content from the abstract, to the sincere, to the satirical. 

Exhibiting artists include: Jenny Abeyta, Fahimeh Foudazi, Olivia Lemmons, Rubi Madrid, Raquel Madrigal, Nicholas Ostella, Melissa Michelle Perez, and Mariah Shelby. 

*Click here for more information about this event


Doug DuBois, Lise and Spencer, Ithaca, New York

The Aperture Foundation and the Hermès Foundation are pleased to present the touring exhibition:
In Good Time:
Photographs by Doug DuBois

Curated by: Cory Jacobs

On View: February 23-April 15, 2017

Artist Talk: Thursday, February 23, 5:15-6:15 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, February 24, 5:00-7:00 pm

Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly and engages in long-term photographic projects. He tells stories that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.

*For more information about the exhibition, click here*




Impermanent Topography:  2017 Department of Art Faculty + Staff Exhibition

On View: January 17-February 9, 2017

Curated by: Michelle Lanteri, Interim Gallery Director

Featuring works by eleven NMSU Department of Art faculty and staff members, Impermanent Topography addresses the social, political, geographical, and cultural landscapes that comprise our ever-shifting understandings of contemporary life. This exhibition grapples with the unwieldy intersections of memory, selfhood, and information through human inscriptions of identity in paint, metal, clay, digital media, and experimental sculpture. A diverse selection of media and style give form to the inquiries put forth by the Impermanent Topography artists.

Artists:  Julia Barello, Tauna Cole-Dorn, Craig Cully, Jessika Edgar, Motoko Furuhashi, Richard Hesketh, Wes Kline, Adam Labe, Bree Lamb, Jacob Muñoz, Rachel Stevens

Click *here* to read more about this exhibition! 


The 2nd Annual Valentine’s Party…Masquerade!

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at the University Art Gallery

Enjoy a night of revelry while supporting the arts!

Sponsored by the

Suggested Donation: Friend Membership ($25/year)

Click here for the Facebook event page! 

Click here for event images. 

GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection

On View: September 8 – December 21, 2016

Co-curated by: Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos

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.

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.

This exhibition was made possible by an Art Works Grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. 

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.”


Click *here* to read more about this exhibition, see installation shots, and view all associated programming!




NEOMAGIC, juried by Marisa Sage and Tiffany Santos, was an exhibition that featured geological-inspired artworks by both undergraduate and graduate students from New Mexico State University. 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 internationally renowned artists.

September 23 – December 7, 2016

*Click here to read more information and see installation shots.* 

Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25
Organized by: Jessika Edgar and Drew Ippoliti
July 28, 2016 – August 25, 2016
University Art Gallery




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Presented by UAG
August 25, 2016, 5-7 PM
University Art Gallery




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An Ocean Trapped Behind a Wall

Guest Curated by Jessica Hankey and Erin Colleen Johnson

May 26 – July 16, 2016

Read more about this exhibition here!

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co-sponsored by the NMSU CMI Department

A new movie series in the UAG honoring four recently deceased actors/filmmakers

Click here for more info!








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Cassandra Dixon, Andrea Luella Gohl, Katy Stuckel.

April 20 – May 14, 2016

Read more about this exhibition here!



Katy Stuckel

Lecture/Outing with artist Katy Stuckel: Consumption Byproducts as Materials

Friday, April 22 at 10am

Read about this event here!




JSS eventonline-01-2Juried Student Show 2016

March 10 – April 9, 2016

Juror: Alejandro Almanza Pereda

University Art Gallery











lea2016“Making Collaborative Art” with guest artist Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo

April 1, 2016 from 12-1:30pm in the UAG

At this event, WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo will give a lecture about collaborative art followed by a collaborative workshop resulting in a performance! Click here to view photos from the lecture. 





Water! What is it good for?

January 21 – February 27, 2016

This exhibition featured works by Florida-based artist Bethany Taylor and Texas-based artist Brenda Perry.  In Water! What is it good of?, Taylor and Perry create critical spaces for viewers to engage with multifaceted environmental concerns.  Click Here for installation photos of this exhibition.









I ♥ Art Valentine’s Party 2016

February 11, 7-9pm, University Art Gallery

Friends of the University Art Gallery (UAG) invite art lovers/all current UAG members in the Southern New Mexico and Western Texas communities to “Be   Our Valentine” at the first annual I Art Valentine’s Party on Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 7-9 p.m. at the University Art Gallery. You must RSVP by February 8th!

                      Click here for party photos!

Brenda_Perry_3Panel: Relational Sustainability–Explorations into water preservation, conservation, and water remediation ideas.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

12-1pm, University Art Gallery

As an associated program with our exhibition, Water! What is it good for?, exhibiting artists Bethany Taylor and Brenda Perry will present a panel discussion focused on environmental issues.  This event is free and open to the public.

Click here to view photos from the lecture. 


2016-17 Banner Project: Inspired by GEOMAGIC: Art, Science, and the Zuhl Collection

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 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!

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Points of Departure

November 12 – December 19, 2015

“Points of Departure” offers a multifaceted collaboration between NMSU and Towson University in Maryland.  In this immersive exhibition, there are three concepts being presented: laboratory, Curatory, and Points of Departure.  Click here for installation photos.





generalstore  Your General Store by Jason Middlebrook

  September 3 – November 7, 2015

  Your General Store is no ordinary place of commerce.

Jason Middlebrook (b. Jackson, MI; lives in Hudson, NY) has altered an old shipping container to create a replica of a nineteenth-century general store, reminiscent of another era, when early towns in the west relied on the general store to carry supplies of all kinds. Middlebrook’s general store features handmade and salvaged objects available through barter. Within Your General Store an alternative economy exists, one that is defined by both the clerk and the visitor. The project is part of SITE Santa Fe’s biennial exhibition series Unsettled Landscapes, exploring the work of contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas.

Learn more here.


October 20- October 29, 2015

Project:Postcard Exhibition
NMSU Department of Art’s third biennial Project: Postcard, an exhibition of original postcard-sized art, created by professional artists from around the globe, NMSU art faculty and art students, past and present, and friends and families of these communities.

Learn more here!





220836_extralarge Between Here and There | Paul Turounet | Terri Warpinski 

September 3, 2015 – October 3, 2015

Opening reception on September 3rd from 5-7 pm

In this two-person exhibition, visual artists Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski present works that grapple with the complexities and controversies surrounding the constructs of international borders as junctions that designate the present and future for many migrants in transition as well as the effects on existing communities in border regions.




Saturday, October 3

Panel: Borderlands as Negotiated through the Arts

A scholarly panel focused on the topic of: visual and performance arts as creative catalysts that spark critical conversations among audiences about the complex, global issues of border governance.

University Art Gallery, 2pm








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Thursday, October 1

Artist Lecture: Terri Warpinski

University Art Gallery, 6-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!






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Saturday, September 26, 2015

“Become a Friend” Membership Party

University Art Gallery, 4-7pm

Learn more here!








Friday, September 4

Artist Lecture: Jason Middlebrook

University Art Gallery, 6-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!








Turounet_EBAWall01Thursday, September 3

Reception for Your General Store and BETWEEN HERE AND THERE | Paul Turounet |
Terri Warpinski

Gallery talk and walk-through with artist Paul Turounet 6pm

University Art Gallery, 5-7pm

RSVP on Facebook here!






Wednesday, September 2

Workshop with Paul Turounet

Making Photographic Ex-Votos

University Art Gallery, 12-2pm

If you plan on attending, you will need to RSVP here.




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Jeffrey DaCosta, Felice House, Kathleen Scott, Millee Tibbs, and Dana Younger

University Art Gallery

Opening Reception is Thursday, May 21, 5-7 pm.  The exhibition will run through August 22nd, 2015.

In this exhibition titled Re:Visioning the West, the University Art Gallery will challenge the audience to consider our beloved West in a new light.

Click here to read more about the exhibition and associated programming. 



124-Santa_Fe_Community_Convention_Center-LargeJune 26th, 5-7pm

“30 UNDER 30” Exhibition Opening

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Commission’s Community Gallery will be opening their doors for their “30 UNDER 30” Exhibition.  The featured artists (which include both NMSU faculty and alumni) were selected by a jury, of which our very own Director, Marisa Sage, was a part!  If you cannot make the opening, the exhibition will run from June 26th      through September 5th, 2015.

      Read more about this event here.


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The Near East Family: Ode to the West

David & Tara Gladden create a site-specific audiovisual performance

University Art Gallery, 6pm

Read more about this event here.



MFA Postcard[F]2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Runs: April 17 – May 9, 2015

Opening Reception: April 24th, 4 – 8 PM

This year’s MFA graduates are Aubrey de Cheubell, Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, and Kristopher Wilson. While all working in highly different formats, each artist has a connection to the world around us as well as within us.

Read more HERE




Lecture by Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo & Mr. Ruben Zapata

Graduating MFA student Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo and Mr. Ruben Zapata from NMSU’s Food Safety Laboratory will be giving a collaborative artist and scientist lecture on the bio-artworks of Lea WiseSurguy-Sophiliazo, who uses agar to grow human bacteria in her artwork.

This lecture will be an insight into the precedents of bio-arts, a look into the current works of bio art in the University Art Gallery, and a scientific explanation of the technologies used for these pieces






Wandering Book Artists

The gypsy wagon will be making a stop at the University Art Gallery on April 7th at 4pm. Peter and Donna Thomas are book artists from Northern California who have been spending the last year traveling around the U.S. in a handmade gypsy wagon.  The wagon is their temporary home as well as a place to sell their books, teach book arts workshops and give talks and lectures.  Wherever they’ve gone, their gypsy wagon has attracted attention for its whimsical color and design.

For more information on the Wandering Book Artists, you can visit their website at:  http://wanderingbookartists.blogspot.com





Juried-Student-MC22015 Juried Student Show

The NMSU University Art Gallery hosted the annual Juried Student Show, the exhibition featured a wide range of artwork created by both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse disciplines, and various majors across the NMSU main campus.Juror Fausto Fernandez carefully weaved through the online submissions and chose which ones would be included in the show. Click here to see who made it in the show and who also got awards! Read more here.





juancholowkshopArtist workshop in conjunction with JSS 2015:

Juan Cholo-“Light is the New Heavy”:
March 20, 12-2pm.

Read more here.




Las Cruces Creates

A group exhibition running in the University Art Gallery January 15th, through February 28th, 2015. This group exhibition features 21 different artists who are currently making art within the community of Las Cruces.
Las Cruces Creates includes works by Chris Bardey, Nancy Begin, Karen Bucher, Sharbani Das Gupta, Greg Decker, Carlos Estrada-Vega, John Garrett, Stephen Hansen, Amanda Jaffe, Suzanne Kane, Robin Labe, Rosemary McLoughlin, Brack Morrow, Louis Ocepek, Mary Robertson, Joshua Rose, Jesse Reinhard, Jacklyn St. Aubyn, Isadora Stowe, Jean Reece Wilkey, and Mary Wolf.

Read full press release here





Events Associated with Las Cruces Creates:

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JOHN GARRETT USES YOUR OLD CLOTHING FOR A RAGS TO ARTWORK WOVEN COMMUNITY STORY! Community weave will ask Las Crucens to donate their old t-shirts and clothing to be used in a large woven piece.

Starting on January 5, Garrett and Sage request that you donate all forms of knitted garb, including used and old T-shirts, knitted pants, shirts and skirts, which, over the course of the month, will be constructed into a large tapestry. Read more here




potential_logo_finalLas Cruces Connects

Saturday, February 7, 12oo-4:00pm
Las Cruces Connects was a celebratory weekend of art exhibits, art based events, and performances. This artastic weekend created a connection between the University Art Gallery, Las Cruces Museum of Art, and all the various arts organizations within our community. We  created a map of each participating organization.  There was bus transportation at each of the blue marks on the map. View the map here: Art_Hop_Map_ 2015Final.


IMG_1711Gallery Talk: Marisa Sage

Saturday, February 7, 2pm

On curating vs. Creating and Miami Basel






CommunityFacebookGallery Talk/Panel: Chris Bardey 

Thursday, February 12, 6pm

On community arts engagement

Read more about the event and view photos.



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Saturday, February 21, 12-2pm

A workshop with the artist Isadora Stowe.

See pictures from the workshop, and read more here.






Gallery Talk: Artist John Garrett

Thursday, February 26, 6pm

On his art and the Community Weave project.





DSC_0030Gallery Talk: Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series: Peter Turchi

Friday, February 27, 3pm

Author Peter Turchi will give a talk exploring the challenges of discovery, the challenges of presenting those discoveries, and how the presentation itself is often the key to discovery.




Off the Wall

 August 29-December 6, 2014

Off the Wall is an exhibition inspired by the minimal wall drawings and sculptures of Sol LeWitt. This two-parted 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.

 Read full press release here 

bustfrom collectionOld Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection

June 13-August 2, 2014

In this exhibition, we featured two distinct shows: “Old Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection” as well as “New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts: Prints for Sale”. Old Friends and New Faces featured the latest works to be added to the collection through donations, including seven silkscreen prints by famed American artist Andy Warhol and a bronze bust by renowned British Modernist Sir Jacob Epstein.   The exhibition also includes works in many media, as well as works by local favorites like Ken Barrick, Gaspar Enriquez, Becky Hendrick and Luis Jimenez.  Some of the best examples of contemporary book art from the collection were also on view. Read more here.


842 miles Event842 Miles: A Long-Distance Collaborative Student Project

April 25 – May 10, 2014

842 Miles is the result of a semester-long collaborative project between students in the Metals Programs of New Mexico State University and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nagogdoches, Texas.  It is co-curated by Lauren Selden McAdams and NMSU Assistant Professor Motoko Furuhashi, and will feature mixed media objects that have been worked on by students at both   universities.

MFA 2014Histories Remediated: MFA Exhibition 2014

April 25 – May 10, 2014

Histories Remediated: The NMSU 2014 MFA Exhibition will feature works by three current MFA Candidates—Eddy Escobar [a.k.a. “Juan Cholo”], Nick Gialanella and Will Ross.  These young artists work in a variety of media areas, including photography, painting, printmaking, video and sculptural installation.



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NMSU Annual Juried Student Show

March 13 – April 5, 2014

Jessica Pizana-Roberts served as Juror for JSS 2014





January 23 – March 1, 2014

The exhibition features works from three contemporary artists – Michael Borowski, Frol Boundin and Richard Hesketh – all of whom are adjunct faculty in the NMSU art department.

Conserving Tradition: Caring for the NMSU Retablo Collection

October 25 – December 21, 2013

The NMSU retablo collection received restorative work by students in NMSU’s Museum Conservation Program and were displayed for the first time in 10 years. The conserved pieces were presented along with before photos, as well as brief explanations of the techniques used in the restoration. 

 Make ‘Em All Mexican

October 25 – December 21, 2013

Amidst the roiling national debate about American identity, veteran California Latina artist Linda Vallejo creates a realm in which US popular culture is overlain with a Mexican-American sensibility. Gleefully raiding the world of classic commercial images of middle class WASP life, Vallejo gives common American icons a new “sabor” or flavor. The result is the satirical series “Make ‘Em All Mexican.”

– Gordon Fuglie, Curator, Central California Museum of Art


Post Racial U.S. ? 

October 25 – December 21, 2013

The juried exhibition, titled, “Post-Racial U.S.?,” was inspired by the election and reelection of President Barak Obama. Over 100 artists submitted over 300 works of art for consideration. Andrew Connors, art historian and curator at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History was the juror for the exhibition. 

NMSU University Art Gallery Annual Juried Student Show

March 8 – April 6, 2013

The exhibition features the work of 37 student artists at all levels of study, working in many media areas, including ceramics, video, charcoal drawing, oil paintings, photographs and mexed media installations.  The exhibition will run until Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Texas-based sculptor Grant Billingsley, a nationally-recognized artist who is currently working at the Boarder Arts Residency program in La Union, served as juror for this year’s show.


November 9, 2012 – January 11,  2013

Rematerialized included a group of eight contemporary artists from US and Canada, whose work focuses on the use of objects, performances, and spaces, recycled, reapplied, recast, recombined and re-contextualized from our everyday world. Participating artists were: Io Palmer, Assistant Professor at Washington State University, Pullman, WA., Paho Mann, Assistant Professor of Art at University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Heidi Schwegler, Associate Professor of Metals at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, Joe Casey Doyle, NMSU alum, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, Angela Ellsworth, Associate Professor at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Elizabeth Lundberg Morisette, independent artist living in Ft. Collins, CO, Tim Liddy, independent artist living in Kirkwood, MO, and Kuh del Rosario, indendent artist living in Vancouver, BC.


  • NMSU UCOMM VideoTonya Suther of University Communications interviewed interim Gallery Director, Dr. Stephanie Taylor about the current exhibition, rematerialized and upcoming plans. Click the above link to view the segment.
  • NMSU NewscenterHere we have an article about the rematerialized exhibition from UCOMM. Click on the above link to read it.

Draw a Line and Follow it: Videos by William Lamson

September 14 –  October 28, 2012

Brooklyn-based artist Will Lamson often uses his knowledge of technology to interact with and change perceptions of everyday objects, and this display of some of his recent video work highlighted his unrelenting and often surprising exploration of the interface between man, nature and machine.  This was the first complete exhibition of video-based work to be featured in the UAG.

This exhibition was presented in partnership with ISEA2012 “Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness,” the 18th Annual Symposium on Electronic Art.


May 25 –  September 1, 2012

A celebration of the centennial of New Mexico statehood (1912-2012), this exhibition showcases artwork from each decade from the 1910s to the 1970s, and surveys the best in contemporary New Mexico art.


2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition

April 20 –  May 12, 2012

2012 Juried Student Show

March 16 – April 4, 2012. The juror for JSS 2012 was Lisa Anne Auerbach.

Meow Wolf Presents Glitteropolis

November 30, 2011 –  February 18, 2012

An interactive, immersive environment by a Santa Fe-based artists collective.

Looking Back/Looking Forward: Amanda Jaffe Retrospective

September 2 –  October 15, 2011

Works by retiring Ceramics Professor, Amanda Jaffe dating from 1977- 2011.

Milford Zornes: California Watercolorist

Works from the Bob and Mary Culpepper collection

May 20 –  July 22, 2011

Bob and Mary Culpepper met Milford Zornes in Colima, Mexico and began collecting his artwork over many years, steadily adding to their collection. The Culpeppers purchased one from 1924, when Zornes was only 16, and even have one painted by Zornes’ on the occasion of his 100th Birthday celebration in in 2008.

The Cheated Eye 2011 MFA Show

April 15 –  May 6, 2011

Featuring works by Brad Adams, Bethany Carlson, Kyle Coffin, James C. Gamble, Rebecca Munoz and Natalia Rodriguez.

2011 Juried Student Show

March 11 –  March 31, 2011

2011 Department of Art Faculty Biennial

January 21 –  February 23, 2011

Modern Design·Folk Art

October 15 –  December 17, 2010

Unmute: Text and Image in American Art 1970-2000

August 20 –  October 1, 2010

Connecting with the Divine

Devotional Art in New Mexico

June 4, 2010 –  August 6, 2010

En Masse: 2010 MFA Exhibition

April 16 –  May 7, 2010

Chris Bardey, Amanda Marcott, James Meaux, Jacob Munoz, Elizabeth Nielsen, Brett Thompson, Isadora Stowe, Edward Schmitt, Angelita Rodriguez, and Seth Roby

2010 Juried Student Show

March 12 –  March 31, 2010

Luis Roldan: Permutados y Testimonios

January 22 –  February 26, 2010

Joanna M. Wezyk: Construction Zone

November 6, 2009 –  January 11, 2010