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NMSU's 'Project Postcard' offers miniature artwork, silent auction

More than 300 pieces of postcard-sized artwork will be showcased in a weeklong fundraiser to help support New Mexico State University's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program. The biennial event, "Project: Postcard," will run from Oct. 4-11, at the University Art Gallery.

An image of wilted brush
This digital print will be showcased in the second biennial fundraiser, 'Project: Postcard,' Oct. 4-11, in the NMSU Art Gallery. (Photo by Craig Cully)
A painting of a rose
The College of Arts and Sciences' second biennial fundraiser, 'Project: Postcard,' will showcase works like this rose depicted with oil on paper. The event will take place Oct. 4-11 in the NMSU Art Gallery. (Photo by Craig Cully)
A painting of a southwest-style church
Water color on paper will be among the works showcased in the second biennial fundraiser, 'Project: Postcard,' Oct. 4-11 in the NMSU Art Gallery. (Photo by Craig Cully)

"The work will all be installed on slender rails, so each piece sits on the rail and leans up against the wall," said Julia Barello, art department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. "It makes for a very clean and elegant presentation, which allows viewers to focus on the work."

The 5-inch by 7-inch works will include oil on canvas, graphic design work and porcelain pieces, made by notable artists and crafters from across the globe. NMSU faculty, students and alumni also contributed one-of-a-kind works.

"One of our goals though with this project was to reconnect with our alumni, and we have had a significant response from those people, which is very heartening," Barello said. "Whether or not people continue on with a profession in the arts, many continue to be makers and are creative in their lives, and it is just great to be able to reconnect with them through this project."

The works will be displayed anonymously before being sold to ticketholders from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Ticket numbers will be drawn randomly to determine the order of ticket holders allowed to select their art. Notable pieces selected by the organizing committee will be featured in a silent action following the sale.

Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased through the art department or at Glenn Cutter Jewelry, 2640 El Paseo Rd. in Las Cruces.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program. Hosting seven to 10 artists annually, the program offers NMSU students and community members direct interaction with artists and scholars of regional, national and international acclaim.

"There is so much support for the arts here, and recognition of the value of the visual arts - it's great to have community members to work with who take a long view and an interest in promoting contemporary art in southern New Mexico," Barello said.

The University Art Gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall on University Avenue. They are open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as Wednesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays and university-observed holidays.

For more information contact Barello at jbarello@nmsu.edu.