Michelle Lanteri, interim director of the University Art Gallery, is a contemporary art scholar and curator. She is working on multiple exhibition projects for the gallery, including a site-specific solo installation, “Wendy Red Star: Inscriptions of Identity,” which is slated for January 2018. Lanteri is also a regular contributor to First American Art Magazine, an internationally-distributed quarterly publication, and sits on several boards and committees, such as the Border Art Residency, Art in Public Places at the NMSU Hardman-Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, NMSU Artworks!, and NMSU Department of Art Visiting Artists and Scholars selection group. She directs the Friends of the University Art Gallery advisory committee and is always looking to form new partnerships between the gallery, the Borderland community at-large, and anyone who is interested in collaborating on creative projects and events.

Lanteri has co-authored and garnered exhibition grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NMSU Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. In Las Cruces, she has worked on fifteen exhibitions for the University Art Gallery at NMSU, one semi-permanent exhibition for the University Museum at NMSU, and an exhibition of local artists for the Camino Tattoo + Fine Art gallery. In Greensboro, North Carolina, Lanteri co-produced sixteen exhibitions for the GreenHill Center for NC Art non-profit gallery and community education space.

In 2016, Lanteri presented papers at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Roanoke, Virginia and the Southwest American/Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also participated in a panel she organized for the Lloyd Kiva New Centennial Convocation at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In February 2017, she contributed a paper titled, “Identity Interventions: Wendy Red Star’s Four Seasons Series and Chris Burden’s Doomed,” to the “Imagining Bodies, Picturing Identities: Self-Portraiture as Performance” panel at the College Art Association conference in New York City.

Lanteri earned her Master of Arts in Art with an Art History emphasis, Native American Studies graduate minor, and Museum Studies graduate certificate with the unwavering support of the Departments of Art and Anthropology at New Mexico State University. She also holds two undergraduate degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. There, her areas of study were Art History + Museum Studies and Media Studies with a Spanish minor.

   Interim Director

University Art Gallery

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