UAG Permanent Collection


Las Cruces, NM–The NMSU University Art Gallery is currently featuring works from their permanent collection in two exhibitions:  Old Friends and New Faces: Selections from the Permanent Collection and New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts: Prints for Sale.  Each exhibition will run through August 2.

Old Friends and New Faces features 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 UAG was the recipient of a third gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation this spring,” says Interim Director Stephanie Taylor, “and this time we received several large scale, colorful prints that really capture the distinct style and exuberance of Pop Art.”  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 are also on view.  “I continually find suprises when I look into the collections here,” says Taylor.  “The UAG permanent collection is a treasure trove of 20th century art, and we are very excited to share it with our patrons over the next few months.”

The New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts sprang to life between 1987 and 2010 under the direction of two emeritus faculty of the NMSU Art Department, who created the program to share their passion for graphic design with their classes. Not surprisingly, the students who participated in this project over the years loved it, and you will understand why when you see the prints they created.  Since these art works were made, in part, to benefit the programming at the UAG, visitors are encouraged to purchase one and take it home for your own personal enjoyment.  Featured artists include Rene Galindo, Melissa Grimes, Louis Ocepek and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.  Prices range from $100-700 for a limited edition, signed, unframed silkscreen, and many styles and subject matters are available.  All proceeds will go to support exhibitions and programming at the NMSU University Art Gallery.

 Free gallery talks will be given for the general public; all gallery talks start at 1 p.m, and all ages are welcome.    On Saturday, June 21, Professor Emeritus Louis Ocepek will discuss his role in founding and producing prints through the New Mexico Center for the Graphic Arts.  On Saturday, June 28, Professor Stephanie Taylor, outgoing Interim Director of the UAG, will discuss all of the works on view in the gallery.

 The NMSU University Art Gallery located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University and Solano Avenues.  It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. throughout the summer.  Designated UAG parking spots are available in the lot West of the art building every day  Parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends.

 For more information, or to arrange a group visit, please visit the gallery website at:, or contact Valerie Amendola directly (575/646-2545;

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