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Community to curate artwork as part of NMSU University Art Gallery show

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will host an opening reception for their fall interactive exhibition, “Points of Departure,” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the University Art Gallery.

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This Andy Warhol screen print, “Reigning Queens: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom,” will be featured during the NMSU University Art Gallery’s exhibition “Points of Departure,” opening Nov. 12. (Image courtesy of the NMSU University Art Collection, ©2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society)
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“Green Night Trees,” by Towson University MFA student Alice Valenti, will be on display as part of the NMSU University Art Gallery show “Points of Departure.” (Image courtesy of Towson University)

For this event, three concepts will be on display to form a multifaceted exchange: the Curatory, Laboratory and Points of Departure.

The Curatory is a community-curated space with both online and offline participants. Using social media, participants can select artwork by tagging “NMSU Art Gallery” on Facebook, @NMSUArtGallery for Twitter, and @nmsuartgallery on Instagram.

“At the end of each week, we will review the submissions and install an artwork, which will be on display for a week,” said Marisa Sage, director of the gallery, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Adjacent to this station, graduate students will curate and exhibit artwork from the permanent collection.

A selection from the UAG’s contemporary and historical collections is available for view online at uag.nmsu.edu/contemporary/.

The Laboratory will create “lab-like” spaces for audiences to engage with art history, two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, and performances created by the faculty and students of the art department.

“The Laboratory aims to inspire evaluation, interpretation and experimentation through interaction with the gallery’s permanent collection of contemporary and historical visual art,” Sage said.

The UAG will also host several community programs, taking place from mid-November through early December. To view a calendar of events and for more information on all workshops, lectures and performances, visit uag.nmsu.edu

The third component, Points of Departure, is a space comprised of works created by MFA students at Towson University in Baltimore, Md. An exchange agreement was made between the Towson University program and the MFA program at New Mexico State University, allowing students from each program to gain exposure by exhibiting their work outside of their own region.

The opening reception for “Points of Departure” is free and open to the public. The show will run through Dec. 19.

The University Art Gallery at NMSU is located in D.W. Williams Hall, at the intersection of University and Solano Avenues. The UAG is open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Designated gallery parking is available, and general parking on the NMSU campus is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, or to arrange a group visit, visit the gallery website at uag.nmsu.edu, or contact UAG administrator Jasmine Woodul directly at 575-646-2545 or artglry@nmsu.edu.