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Tauna Cole

Tauna  Cole
College Associate Professor

Contact Info
Devasthali Hall P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572 Las Cruces, NM 88003

Expertise: painting, artist, drawing, 2D design, faculty



For the last six years, Professor Cole-Dorn has been primarily teaching foundation courses in drawing, painting and two-dimensional design. The curriculum for these courses emphasizes the importance of working from observation as a vehicle for learning composition and technique. Professor Cole-Dorn believes doing so allows for the development of skills through active seeing while promoting discovery in the creative process and a heightened awareness of what is being observed.



Barracuda Under Cloud Reflections
2012, 4 x 4, Oil


Carrier of Memory
2012, 10 x 10, Oil


Plotting the Home
2009, 24 x 36, Oil


Polkadot Reflections in Water
2012 4 x 4, Oil


Wire Reflections in Pool
2013, 4 x 4, Oil



May, 1999 MFA-Studio Painting with a minor in Woman Studies, New

Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

May, 1992 BFA-Painting, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Exhibitions January, 2013 In This Corner, Concept by visiting curator, Linda Weintraub, NMSU

Department of Art University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM 88005

September,, 2012 Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, “Electrogila”, Western

New Mexico State University, Silver City, NM.

October, 2012 Chamizal National Memorial Museum, “Border Tapestry” El Paso, TX

August, 2012 Las Cruces Art Museum, Indra’s Net, Praxis Collective, Las Cruces,


May 2011 21 — The Border Artists Come of Age, Glenn Cutter Gallery,

Las Cruces, NM

April 2011 MVS Studios, “Bijou”, Praxis Collective group show.

Las Cruces, NM

August 2010 Unsettled Gallery, Border Artist Show entitled “Intense Dialogues”,

Las Cruces, NM

February 2009 NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg.,

Las Cruces, NM 88005

June 2008 The Border Artists: Painting Across Borders, The Mexican General

Consulate, El Paso, TX 79901

March 2007 “Time for Two Women”, Tauna Cole and Connie Mississippi,

White Raven Studios, Las Cruces, NM

February 2007 NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg.,

Las Cruces, NM 88005

February 2005 NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg.,

Las Cruces, NM 88005

Fall 2003 “Heaven on Earth,” JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

January 2003 “In the Spaces”, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art and Culture,

Las Cruces, NM 88001

January 2003 Faculty Exhibition 2003,NMSU Art Department, University Art Gallery,

Las Cruces, NM

April 2002 “Of Object and Spirit”, JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

Fall 2000 NMSU Faculty Art show, University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

May 1999 “COLEGRAYPOORTER”, MFA Thesis Exhibition, William’s Hall

University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

Fall 1998 “Talking Objects”, Corbett Center Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

Spring 1998 “The Many Lives of Women”, Kent Museum, Las Cruces, NM

Spring 1998 NMSU Student Art Exhibition, University Gallery, Las Cruces

Spring 1997 NMSU Student Art Exhibition, University Gallery, Las Cruces

Summer 1995 “National Small Works”, Boise State University Art Gallery, Boise, ID,

Spring 1992 “Contemporary Artists of the Northwest”, Boise State University

Art Gallery, Boise, ID

Teaching Experience

2010 – Present Promoted to Assistant College Professor in June 2010.

2003 Promoted to college instructor In January 2003. I am currently the

primary foundation instructor teaching Drawing I and II, 2-D Design.

1999 – 2002 Non-tenured Instructor, NMSU Art Department.

Taught primarily foundation courses in drawing, painting and

two-dimensional design.

1999 – 2003 Adjunct Instructor, El Paso Community College, Valle Verde

Branch, El Paso, TX. Taught 2-D design, drawing I and art


1997 – 1999 Teaching Assistant, NMSU Art Department, Las Cruces, NM

Awards and Accomplishments

June, 2011 Received promotion to Assistant College Professor, Art Department,

New Mexico State University

May, 2008 Recipient of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Mini-Grants

for studio research

2006 – 2008 Served as design advisor for NEH grant written and proposed by Artist,

Diana Molina for her project entitled Seven

String – Barb Wire Fence

Recipient of $500 Presidential Enrichment Grant

2005 Who’s Who of Fine Art Educators

2000 – 2003 Served on the board of directors for the Dona Ana Arts Council

1998 – 1999 Recipient of the Marguerite Loya Pearson Scholarship, $1,000

1998 Guest Curator, “Many Lives of Women” show, Kent Museum, New

Mexico State University

Professional Artist

Organizations Member of the Border Artists group in Las Cruces


Member of FATE: Foundation in Art, Theory and Education

since 2006

Public and Private Collections

And Commissions Hewlett Packard, Boise, ID

Albertson’s Headquarters, Boise, ID

Key Bank of Idaho, Boise, ID

Watercolor commission, St. Alphonsus Hospital

Portrait commission, Judge Steven Trott, 9th District Court of Appeals

Peter and Suzanne Kane

Isha Babel, El Paso, TX

Woody and Susan Woodrow, Austin, TX

Judy Groves, Las Cruces, NM

Sherry Doil-Carter, Las Cruces, NM

Delano and Gayle Lewis, Las Cruces, NM

Colleen Boyd and Jay Chapman

Jim and Jane Langell

Public Art Winning design team for the I-10 underpasses: Motel Boulevard and Avenida

de Mesilla sponsored by the State Highway Dept. and the City of Las Cruces,

Summer 1999.

Publications Panorama: NMSU Alumni Magazine, Volume 61 2012. “Alumni, artists form

Praxis Collective by Gabriella D. Ferrari. Online article:

The Ink Magazine. On the front cover for the December 2012/January 2013


“Artist of the Week, Opening Doors to Mesilla’s Small Jewels” Las Cruces

Sun News, The Arts, Sunday, June 19, 2005

“Exhibits: In Focus: Boise artist Tauna Cole” compiled by Mary L. Larson,

The Idaho Statesman, Exhibits, Friday, November 19, 1993

Blog Posts “Teaching Sustained Gesture Drawing: A Non-Linear Approach”, written on my

blog, LivingArtfullywithT on September 6, 2013