NMSU University Art Museum opens new exhibits

LAS CRUCES — Three new art exhibits will have opening receptions at the New Mexico State University Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The shows are free and open to the public and will continue until Friday, September 2.

“Wait for It” by Joey Fauerso will be exhibited in the contemporary gallery

The exhibit features the work of San Antonio-based artist Joey Fauerso. Using techniques that disrupt traditional modes of artistic creation, Fauerso’s work opens up to questions of identity, gender and representation. It includes recent art by Fauerso as well as a poem and essay by 2017 Texas State Poet Laureate Jenny Browne.

“(ir)regular evolution” by Rachel Stevens will be exhibited at the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery

The exhibit features all new clay works by Rachel Stevens, Professor Emeritus of NMSU’s Department of Art. These pieces mark a dramatic shift in Stevens’ practice, moving from large-scale monochromatic metal installations to multicolored biomorphic ceramic sculptures. From evolutionary theories of meteors sparking life on earth to genetic mutations causing cataclysmic pandemics, Stevens’ New Forms explores in this exhibition the (ir)regularities she adopts in her own work and in our modern world.

“Pray for Rain” by Carissa Samaniego will be exhibited at the Mullennix Bridge Gallery

The exhibition features recent work by Carissa Samaniego, who will join the NMSU Art Department as a Visiting Professor of Sculpture in the fall of 2022. Selections come from three of the artist’s ongoing projects: the Textile Series “Querencia”, “Block Pattern Halo” designs and “Americaña” research. Through experimentation with varied materials and alternative methodologies, Samaniego explores the cultural histories and socio-political issues of life in the Rio Grande Valley.

The University Art Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 1308 E. University Avenue. There are only four parking spaces for visitors to the Art Museum, however, visitors can create a FREE parking permit here, print it out and place it on the dashboard. For more information, visit the University Art Museum web pages, call 575-646-2545, or email artglry@nmsu.edu.

Minerva Baumann writes for New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications and can be reached at 575-646-7566, or by email at mbauma46@nmsu.edu.

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