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NMSU alumnus has art displayed in NYC, NMSU students help promote work

New Mexico State University alumnus and accomplished painter George Mendoza donated 26 pieces to a Manhattan hospital for permanent display.

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George Mendoza, pictured at NMSU’s Domenici Hall when he donated two paintings "Desert Splash" and "When We Dance," in 2017. (Courtesy photo by Paul Ratje/For the Las Cruces Sun-News)

The Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital will unveil the display, called “26 Visions,” on September 17.

The hospital has significance for Mendoza, as it was where he was diagnosed with macular degeneration as a teenager. Mendoza, originally from New York City and who is legally blind, says what vision he has is like "looking through a kaleidoscope." He uses this interpretation of the world “to create fantastical and colorful images.”

On September 19, Mendoza, also the author of several books, will have a book signing at Blue Stockings Bookstore in New York.

Mendoza also has been working with three students in NMSU’s small business consulting class who are using his visit to get experience pitching for New York media. Tiffany Tudor, Kevin Ramirez and Harrison Groom are reaching out to television stations to encourage news outlets to interview Mendoza while he is in New York.

His first book, “Colors of the Wind,” is a biographical picture book. Mendoza is also a champion runner and competed in the 1980 and ’84 Olympics for the Disabled.

Mendoza lives in Las Cruces because he loves the light here. He is also the author of the “Wizards Fight Funny” trilogy. His books can be found on Amazon. He has another display of paintings, also called “Colors of the Wind,” that is a traveling exhibit for the National Smithsonian Affiliates.