Exhibition, fundraiser to aid visiting artist program

An anonymous submission for the '2011 Project: Postcard.' (NMSU photo by Harrison Brooks)

Tonya Suther


Original work created by artists from as far away as Pakistan will be featured as New Mexico State University’s art department presents ‘2011 Project: Postcard,’ a two-day exhibit and fundraiser to support the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program Sept. 9-10 in the D.W. Williams Hall.
“We have works from knitted objects, to photographs, to paintings, to metal works,” Stephanie Taylor, a professor of art history, said. “There’s something for everyone and we’re really excited about it.”

More than 270 original pieces of postcard-sized art will be displayed anonymously during the viewing before being sold to ticket holders.

Creating and donating the work are art department alumni, current students, and regional and national artists. In addition to community members, former faculty and former visiting artists have also provided pieces.

An exhibit preview kicks off the event from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in the front hall at Williams with a reception to follow. The reception and viewing continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The postcard selection and sale begins promptly at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Ticket numbers will be drawn randomly to determine the order of ticket holders allowed to select their work of art. At that time, only ticket holders will be allowed access to the art works.

Tickets cost $40 for each piece of artwork and can be purchased now at the art department’s main office located in Williams Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano. Tickets will also be sold during each of the preview events.

Proceeds benefit the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, which offers NMSU students and community members direct interaction with artists and scholars of regional, national, and international acclaim. Annually, the department hosts 7-10 artists and scholars who present public lectures, participate in symposia and workshops, conduct studio critiques, and lead informal discussions. These events are almost always free and open to the public.
“It’s really a way of adding to the cultural life of the entire community,” Taylor said.

For more information about the ‘2011 Project: Postcard,’ please visit http://artdepartment.nmsu.edu/Newsevents/news_events_index.htm.




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