The Painting and Drawing area’s reputation is founded upon its deep commitment to personal expression, experimentation, and risk taking, while remaining rooted in the fundamental understanding that Painting and Drawing are unique in their history and methodology. Painting and Drawing at the University of New Mexico has a long and important history in American Art, including both faculty and alumni. The area developed the first innovative field study classes taught in the Department of Art and Art History over 25 years ago which continue today with courses such as Nature and Technology and Wilderness Studio. New Mexico, with its rich cultural heritage and stunning variety of landscapes has been a magnet for artists for a long time. Early in the 20th century Professor Raymond Jonson was drawn to New Mexico from Chicago and was instrumental in forming the Transcendentalist Painting Group, an innovative group of non-objective painters that include such luminaries as Florence Pierce and Agnes Pelton. During the 20th century, artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Agnes Martin have been associated with the school. Close connection to Native American and Hispanic fine arts traditions energized these European traditions of painting—this energy continues into the 21st century, and New Mexico is home to many contemporary artists.

Painting and Drawing enjoys national recognition for the success of both our undergraduate and graduate students. Our undergraduates have garnered acceptance into many renowned institutions for graduate work ranging from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to the University of California, Davis, Pratt Institute, and Hunter College, among many others. Our graduate students have also gone on to successful careers, accepting academic teaching positions in art schools and in university art departments across the country, exhibiting their work in major art venues, and pursuing careers as curators, critics, and gallerists.

The Painting and Drawing area of the Department of Art and Art History is comprised of distinguished faculty who have been awarded numerous awards that include the following: Prix de Rome, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, and many artist residencies both in the US and abroad. Their work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and the number of acquisitions by public and private collectors and by museums is equally outstanding.

For undergraduates the area has multiple large painting and drawing rooms, each outfitted with video projection, sound, and Internet. At the advanced levels, undergraduate students receive their own designated work areas. Graduate students have personal studios in the Art Annex and Mattox Buildings. In addition, all students, depending on their coursework and focus, have access to multiple tools, labs, shops, and technologies, to expand upon elements critical to their work. The John Sommers Gallery features Honors Thesis and Graduate Thesis exhibitions as well as student and faculty curated exhibitions. The College of Fine Arts includes a newly renovated Fine Arts Library, the University Art Museum, and the internationally renowned Tamarind Institute.

Albuquerque includes such resources as the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and 516 ARTS. Nearby Santa Fe offers a rich cultural background that includes SITE Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Opera, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, among others.

    Nature & Technology

    Professor Michael Cook first developed and taught Nature and Technology in 1991.

    Since that time the course has utilized the intensive field study format to enable students concentrated study in extraordinary natural environments. Originally based at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch and the Young Ranch in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology, Nature and Technology is part of a long tradition in the Department of Art and Art History for field-based studies. This year the class will be taught by instructor Beau Carey and will be based out of the Wild Rivers of the Rio Grande Recreational Area where the Rio Grande and Red River converge. The contrast of experience through technology with lived experience has been at the center of the course since its inception.

    This course is an intensive two-week workshop that looks at the mediation of nature through technology. We will examine how our view of reality is shaped through and by technology and how that view shapes our interaction with the natural world. This course seeks to answer these questions and more through an immersive field based experience in Northern New Mexico. In the field students will be faced with the difficult ask of interpreting and recording their experiences and translating their own work without the aid and comfort of traditional studios.

    We will examine such subjects as the history of place, cultural and physical displacement, resource depletion, environmental crisis, and the simulation of nature that surrounds us in New Mexico. New Mexico is an excellent model for the larger world. What is local is global.

    The course structure consists of daily readings and studio production accompanied by evening viewings of a featured video work. Throughout the course there are visits to a number of sites of interest relevant to the content of the course including several rigorous hikes.

    The primary medium for the course is video. No prior experience with video is required. You will learn the basics of this medium in an intensive “hands on” experience, from the taping of original material to the editing of that material. All work is produced on site with digital and sometimes analog tools. Students are encouraged to think in advance and bring any additional tools, materials and processes they deem appropriate and that are specific to the individual work of each participant.

    The course will have as its main objective the production of collaborative group videotape, the production of an individual work, and familiarity with a collection of readings that shape the experience of the workshop.

    For further information, please contact Beau Carey:

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