7th Annual New Mexico Painters’ Exhibition

Click Here for the Exhibition

Click here: https://nmhu.zoom.us/s/92828406835 to attend the Zoom Opening Reception at 4:00 MST Sunday, October 18

To navigate the exhibition: Hit the play button to take the tour that will lead you through the entire exhibit. At any point on the tour you can hit pause and if you’d like to see the information on a painting just click on it. You can also skip the tour and just navigate the gallery as you wish by clicking around the floor (little blue feet icons show up) and once in a spot you can use your mouse to click and drag to change your vantage point. Most paintings are for sale (sale prices are visible if you click on a painting), and if you are interested in purchasing one or for more information on a work, please email rbuchanan@nmhu.edu 

This year’s Painters’ Exhibition will be hosted virtually here and on the Kennedy Gallery page (link on left side bar) and will officially launch Sunday, October 18. The virtual opening reception will be Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 pm MST with the link posted here on that day.

And Currently at the Ray Drew Gallery:

Click on the Ray Drew Gallery link to the left to view

Currently at Burris Hall

Click on Gallery Link to the left of view

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The Galleries

New Mexico Highlands University has a long history with the visual arts. Our first president, Dr. Edgar Lee Hewitt, encouraged New Mexico artists to come to Las Vegas by offering them studio space on campus. One of those artists, Sheldon Parsons, gifted Dr. Hewitt with Taos Cattle Hacienca large oil painting that hangs in the President’s office to this day, and was saved by firemen during the 1922 Springer Hall fire.

The Chosen, Mark Anderson

The Highlands’ campus is graced with a number of WPA projects, from the large “The Evolution of Education” mural by Lloyd Moylan found in Rodgers Hall to a set of eight smaller murals in the lobby of Ilfeld Auditorium, painted in 1938 by Santa Fe artist Brooks Willis.

In the 1950s and 60s the Highlands Art Department experienced a renaissance of creativity under the leadership of legendary Highlands University art professors Elmer Schooley, Ray Drew, Harry Leippe, and Paul Volckening. Their contributions to Highlands and the arts are detailed in A Fine Frenzy, by Elizabeth Orem.

Today the arts tradition at Highlands is going strong. From our foundry’s connection with the world-renowned Iron Tribe to our print making program, the digital arts and modern designs, Highlands students, faculty and staff continue to make a home for the arts in Northern New Mexico.

There are three galleries on campus:

Ray Drew; Due to the current Covid-19 conditions placed upon entry to pubic areas, the current art show is a virtual exhibit. Please enjoy the art and if you are inclined to, please send comments regarding the show to karlenemartinez@nmhu.edu. Thank you.

Burris Hall;

Kennedy Hall, which houses the Dr. Robert Bell Collection as well as seasonal exhibitions, and the Dr. George Talbot Print Study Room.

Click through to explore current and past shows in each gallery. We hope to see you on campus in the future!

Visual Arts at New Mexico Highlands University