NMSU art students gain experience working with unconventional Santa Fe artists

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery, in collaboration with cutting-edge artists Meow Wolf, presents 'Glitteropolis,' an immersive experience mixing champagne, glitter and nature trails, opening Wednesday, Nov. 30. The exhibit will run through Feb. 18.

Tonya Suther

NMSU

All that glitters might be part of a collaborative artistic endeavor.

It is an immersive experience, allowing local art students to work with cutting-edge artists Meow Wolf. The New Mexico State University Art Gallery presents “Glitteropolis,” which opens Wednesday, Nov. 30, and runs through Feb. 18, 2012.

“Meow Wolf wants someone to come in and say, ‘I’ll add this to the mix,'” said Preston Thayer, art gallery director at NMSU. “Very participatory, very collaborative, and that is why we brought them here.”

Meow Wolf, a group of artists from Santa Fe, has already begun creating the walkthrough experience at NMSU. Using all mediums, the group intends to remove the traditional meaning of gallery, in a glamorous and glitzy transformation of the installation. Over the next five weeks, artists will be working on the NMSU Art Gallery every afternoon. After five weeks, the gallery will become art and the exhibit will open to the public, with a reception beginning at 5 p.m.

Craig Cully, assistant professor of art at NMSU, is giving students in his painting classes the opportunity to participate in the creation during their scheduled class times as an alternative assignment. Cully will grade the students based on the success of the exhibit.

“In allowing my students to work in tandem with Meow Wolf, I intend to expose them to new modes of making art, provide opportunities to realize the potential power of collaboration, and the significance of jouissance in art, something too often lost on students who feel the pressures of meeting deadlines instead of realizing the sheer pleasures of being in the creative moment,” Cully said.

The gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Nov. 30 reception is free and open to the public.

The gallery will be closed Nov. 24-25, and Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2012.

For more information about Meow Wolf, visit their website, http://www.meowwolf.com/. For more information about “Glitteropolis,” contact Preston Thayer at 575-646-2545 or pthayer@nmsu.edu.

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