Ray Drew Gallery

The Ray Drew Gallery is located on the first floor of Thomas C. Donnelly Library. Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (When class is in session Sunday 1pm – 5pm) raydrewgallery@nmhu.edu

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Ray Drew Gallery
School of Schooley 
Students of Elmer Schooley, Exhibition
Reception Thursday June 1,   5-7pm
June 1 – 29

The exhibition features 12 artists all students of Elmer Schooley, showcasing a variety of genres & styles in printmaking & painting.

“This exhibition is simply a wink and a nod to our old friend, teacher, and guru Elmer “Skinny” Schooley. It is something many of us have wanted to do for a long, long time. Sometimes, good things take a while… Elmer’s way of seeing has stuck with all of us these many years, a gift we surely will treasure forever. Every one of us in our rag tag group has driven through the mountains on many occasions, looked up at the trees or meadows, smiled and said out loud “Now there’s a Schooley painting!” How lucky we have all been to have had Elmer as our guide and compass through art and life” 
– Enoch Doyle Jeter
N.M.H.U Class of 1976

Plus works from:

Elmer “Skinny” Schooley (1916 – 2007) was an American painter and printmaker. He received a BFA from the University of Colorado, and an MA at the State University of Iowa. Schooley was a Professor of Art and Head of the Department of Arts and Crafts, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico for 30 years.

2023 Northern New Mexico Devotional Exhibition

May 4 – 26

Reception May 4, 5-7pm

Exhibition includes 10 artists working in wood painting & carving, textiles, print making & mixed media.

Santos are revered for their simplicity, rich colors and intense expression of faith. The Hispanic Catholic devotional art of New Mexico is a window to view how people lived and how traditions are still carried on. Today’s santeros and santeras have found like any ongoing tradition, preserving it means making room for innovation. It is what keeps the art moving forward for future generations. New materials and subject matter bring differing responses but these modern artisans know traditions evolve, and in turn allow them to stay alive. Women have played an important role in bringing a contemporary voice to New Mexico’s Devotional Arts introducing embroidery & textiles into the art form. Fortunately, many historical santos have survived keeping the continuity of imagery alive.  New Mexico’s contemporary artists are choosing to keep the art form viable and in their work it’s not just about religion it’s about a cultural connection and passing it on to the next generation.


Monique Nevarez (BFA Exhibition)

Ceramics & Drawings

APRIL 6 – 28

Reception April 21, 5 -7 pm

Monique Nevarez: BFA Exhibition. A collection of 20 plus ceramic pieces, ranging from traditional designs to organic and sculptural forms. Work includes small pots 6” in size to large form vessels over 2’ in height. The artist works with both smooth and textural surfaces, often combining them on works with complete confidence. In conjunction with the ceramics Nevarez displays four large painted drawings taking a cue from mural & street art they are graphic and bold. Nevarez changes it up bringing earthly and pottery tones into her 2d works allowing them to coincide with the ceramics instead of overpowering or working against them.

Diala  Al-Daghlise  


Feb 20 – Mar 19                  

 Al-Daghlise is a visual and installation artist, and the first woman in Jordan currently with a Masters in Fine Arts (MFA). She has earned multiple degrees from various prestigious universities including a Bachelor of Arts in print making from the University of Jordan and she received her MFA in sculpture from Fort Hays University in Kansas where she studied under Tobias Flores, renowned iron caster, metal artist, and professor of art and design at Fort Hays University.

Using both intense color, shadows, and projections, Al-Daghlise confronts social issues engendered by the displacement of people from homeland, separation from cultural heritage, and ideas that cross international boundaries, institutions, and cultures.

The Ray Drew Gallery exhibition consists of 8 large printed digital images, ranging in size from 3’ – 8’  all with intense color and line. The large size pulls the viewer in to Diala’s world of shadow and play. Join us for the reception & make sure to visit the Gallery regularly during the exhibition.



DECEMBER  1 -20 2022



NOVEMBER  3 -22 2022

A Season for The Dead

José Guadalupe Posada 1852 -1913 Mexico

The Calaveras, Etchings & Engravings

Posada’s work consisted of more than the calaveras, but his spirited skeletons were his main medium of expression. They are what he is most recognized for. Posada expressed the tragic destiny of man. He used the “calaveras” to mock our very existence. His skeletons portrayed the famous & heroic, the politicians & revolutionaries, and mostly the common person. Posada showed us his compassion for the woes of humanity through humor and satire. In his work he displayed the horrors of war and the injustices of humankind. Posada reminds us that no matter our wealth, power, or social status, all paths lead to the grave.

A collection of 28 works from the Dr. Robert Bell Fine Art Collection. Featuring everyday themes from workers to musicians, cooking to dancing, & politics to revolution. These intimate works range in size from 3 x 3” to 7 x 9”. Originally featured in illustrations for play bills, almanacs, card games, commercial advertisements, religious publications and newspapers.

May 4- May 20, 2022

Past Exhibitions

Creative Quest from an Empty Nest

April 19-May 1, 2022

March 7 – April 18, 2022

Video tour by Tim Hagaman, EDD

Interpretations of Nature

November 15- December 3, 2021

Flora-Fauna and Somewhere In Between

September 10 – October 25, 2020

2021 National Day of the Cowboy

Facundo Valdez School of Social Work Student Art Show

2021 Northern New Mexico Devotional Art Exhibition


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“Masks and Artifacts from the Congo” features ceremonial masks from the Republic of Congo, as well as masks created by Robertson High School students and inspired by these original artifacts.

Artist Reception Wednesday, May 30 from 4-6 PM


October 12 – November 21, 2017

 Opening Reception
Thursday, October 12, 5 – 7 p.m.
with performance and lecture at 6 p.m.

An interactive exhibition that examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawai’ians and features interviews with more than one hundred tribal leaders, healers, physicians, educators, and others.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

Exhibit Co-sponsored
New Mexico Highlands University Libraries
Ray Drew Gallery
The Native American Center
The Peoples Center for Indigenous Knowledges

B.F.A. Exhibitions

Kimberly Schlosser

basically becky poster

Reception 5-7 pm, Friday, May 5

Artist’s Talk ~ 6 pm.

Separation Distress by Martina E. Gallegos 

Artist’s Reception ~ Friday, April 7th from 5-7 p.m.

Artist’s Talk ~ Friday, April 15th from 6 p.m.

April 3 – 21, 2017


Sunday February 19, 2-4 p.m.

DAGGER AND CATHEDRAL: Portraits and Landscapes from the Republic of Georgia”raydrew117

Gelzer - Tenor, Wine, Backgammon

Photography by Stuart Gelzer

The exhibition runs from January 18 – February 19, 2017.

Art Works

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By Paul Maurer & Nancy Culmone
Paintings & Calligraphy
November 6 to December 7, 2016

The Past Beyond the Purple Brick Road
Highlights from New Mexico Highlands University’s
History from the Thomas C. Donnelly Library Collection
September 26 to October 30, 2016
Reception – Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.

Photography by C.M. Montgomery

Whimsical Expressions in Wood by Terry Mossman

Rio Rancho blank screen with logo and books

August 15 to September 18, 2016

Artist’s Reception, Friday, August 19, 2016

Paintings from Highland University’s Dr. Robert Bell and Dr. Stirling Puck Fine Art Collection June 6 – July 25


B.F.A. Exhibitions
Harley Godinez,  April 9 – 18, 2016
Artist’s Reception ~ Friday, April 15th from 4-6 p.m.

Alexis Hustito,  April 21 – April 30, 2016
Artist’s Reception ~ Friday, April 29th from 4-6 p.m.

Patricia Ortega,  May 3 – May 13, 2016
Artist’s Reception ~ Friday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m.


2016 Northern New Mexico Devotional Art
February 26-March 30, 2016
Artist’s reception ~ Friday, February 26th from 4-6 pm


Modern European Prints
Works by Marcel Gromaire, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall & Joan Miro
January 12 – February 13, 2016

Visual Arts at New Mexico Highlands University