UNM exhibits feature graduate and undergraduate student art

“The Traveling Shadows” area of ​​”Mysterious Inner Worlds”. (Courtesy of UNM Art Museum)

The art is still in session.

Over the past few weeks, the University of New Mexico Museum of Art has opened two exhibits showcasing the artwork of UNM’s creative student community.

“Tracing Inner Worlds” is a collection of images produced in response to Anila Quayyum Agha’s current exhibition, “Mysterious Inner Worlds”. UNM’s introductory photography students toured and observed the installation and were tasked with responding to Agha’s use of color and light in creating images. The project was organized by instructors Nicholas Valdés, Claudia Hermano and the UNM Museum of Art, and judged by Assistant Professor of Photography Mark McKnight.

“All of the introductory photography classes this semester are using this exhibit as a way to learn about their cameras and lights and they’ve created works in space,” the museum director said. art of UNM, Arif Khan.

“Not Yet and Yet” is the 29th annual juried graduate exhibition of UNM’s Department of Art, showcasing the work of 15 artists currently enrolled in the M.A. program and working in all forms, including sculpture, printmaking, painting, photography, sound/installation, and video. “Not Yet and Yet” is open until April 30 at the Raymond Jonson Gallery.

“We host it every two years, and a student group called The Graduate Art Association brings in an outside curator or sworn artist,” Khan said. “This person is going to view all of the graduate student work in their studios and make selections, so it’s kind of like a survey of what’s going on with graduate students here at UNM.”

The juried graduate exhibition helped attract curious minds to the art museum.

“A big part of what we do as a university museum is to try to integrate different classes, professors and students to engage with art in person,” Khan said. “It was a great example of exhibition-based artistic creation.”

“Flight of a Thousand Birds” area of ​​”Mysterious Inner Worlds”. (Courtesy of UNM Art Museum)

Nancy Zastudil, gallery director at the Tamarind Institute, helped put together the exhibit.

“She’s a liberal arts writer and editor, and it was up to her to see it all and then try to put on a show and also try to show a range of types of work that graduate students do,” Khan said.

These exhibits helped make it another successful semester at the museum.

“We opened in February and it’s been a steady stream of university professors, students, classes and the general public,” Khan said.

Even the youngest students fill the halls of the museum.

“We had in our mind, surprisingly more K to 12 bands coming for ‘Mysterious Inner Worlds’ and other exhibits,” Khan said. “So while they’re here, we encourage viewers to visit the other galleries as well.”

Visitors to the museum love the access it provides to student work.

“We hear from our customers that they love coming to the university museum and being able to see the work of the students compared to, for example, a well-known international contemporary artist,” Khan said. “This is the first time in over two years that our three galleries have been (open) since before the pandemic, so that’s exciting.”

“Mysterious Inner Worlds” is on view through July 2 at the UNM Art Museum’s Main and Van Deren Coke Galleries.

Julia P. Cluff