Events, News, and Reviews

2015 Art First Sight Exhibition

by Art History MA student Chloë Courtney

September 13, 2015

At First Sight, an exhibition of works by entering MFA candidates, opened Friday August 28, with GAA-sponsored opening reception taking place Friday, September 4 and artist talks on September 8. While the exhibition serves as the students’ debut as members of the MFA program, it is also a celebration of the talent and skill of the entering students, and of the supportive community of the Department. The opening reception in particular seemed to provide a metaphorical communal blessing of the artists and their work as they begin their journey in graduate studies.  Read More ...

Welcome Incoming Grads Happy Hour Toast

Friday, August 21, 4:00pm–6:00pm

Hotel Andaluz, 125 2nd Street NW, Downtown Albuquerque

AAH Grads, please join us as we welcome our incoming class for a special toast on the balcony of the Hotel Andaluz Ibiza rooftop bar.

Fall Open Studios

Friday, October 16, 5:30pm–8:30pm

Art Annex and Mattox Sculpture Center, in conjunction with UNM Homecoming

The UNM Alumni Association has invited the studio artists of AAH to host an Open Studios in conjunction with their annual Homecoming gathering. Graduate students with studios in both the Art Annex and Mattox Sculpture Center will open their doors and be present to display and discuss their artwork with the public. Setup will be on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm or through prior arrangements.

Annual Symposium

Friday, October 23, from 2:00pm–4:00pm

UNM Art Museum

The Annual Symposium Corresponding with Publication of Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas will be on Friday, October 23, from 2:00pm–5:00pm in the UNM Art Museum.

Annual Silent Art Auction

Friday, November 20, 6:00pm–9:00pm

The Center for Fine Arts Downtown Studio

While we do receive a small portion of financial support from the Graduate and Professional Student Government student activity fees, for the larger part of our budget we are responsible for doing our own fundraising. The Annual Silent Auction is our primary fundraiser. Through the generosity of students like you as well as faculty and alumni who donate art and their time, this lively event enables us to provide valuable opportunities for the AAH graduate student body. The GAA Silent Art Auction is a one night annual event. All artwork is donated by students, faculty and alumni of the UNM Art and Art History department. Proceeds benefit GAA, which provides exhibition and publication opportunities and grants AAH graduate students. This year, students who donate art will received a 20% commission from any sales of their artwork.

What Is There That We Cannot See?: the 22nd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition

University of New Mexico Art Museum

January 29-May 14, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

The Annual Juried Graduate Exhibit is a showcase of graduate student works selected each year by a special guest juror. This year’s juror, Courtney Fink, visited studios in November to choose the works for What is There That We Cannot See? Her curatorial process considered the common themes, questions, and significance expressed by the art practices of UNM’s graduate students. In addition, the Graduate Art Association has collaborated with graduate students in Art History to produce a custom-designed, printed catalog, available at the exhibit. This event is free and open to the public.

Participating artists will present their work in short talks for the UNM Art Museum’s Meeting of the Minds lecture series, from 12:00-1:00pm on February 18, March 31, and April 21. The artist talks will take place in the museum’s upper gallery. The schedule is as follows:

  • February 18: Sallie Scheufler, Kristen Roles, Amy Johnson, Marcie Brewer, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, and Ray Ewing
  • March 31: Nick Simko, Katelyn Bladel, Stefan Batista, Eugene Ellenberg, Julianne Rose Aguilar, and Erin Fussell
  • April 21: Abbey Hepner, Fiona Yang, Ariel Wilson, Kaitlin Bryson, Adrian Pijoan and Brittany Sundheim

Courtney Fink is co-founder and co-director of Common Field, a new visual arts organizing network that connects contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist organizations and organizers across the US and beyond. From 2002-2015 she was the Executive Director of Southern Exposure, a 41-year-old non-profit organization in San Francisco that supports visual artists.

Spring Open Studios

Date and Time TBA

In conjunction with UNM Arts Unexpected

In conjunction with UNM Arts Unexpected, both the Arts Annex and Mattox Graduate studios will be open to the public. Graduate students are encouraged to be present to display and discuss works with visitors.