UNM-Taos Art Department alumni have attended prestigious art schools, won national cash art prizes, placed artwork in major collections, and gained employment in museums, galleries, and art education.

The UNM-Taos Art Department inspires students to tap into their creative potential by learning practical techniques, exploring alternative methods in art making, and honing their critical eye. The Art Department is made up of a diverse group of students with a range of interests and approaches to art making. We embrace this diversity and support all students with their degree choice, future goals, and artistic intentions. Students taking courses in the Art Department discover how art positively impacts their personal and professional lives.


The Art Department is committed to engaging students in a rich dialogue on contemporary art and art history. Students learn traditional foundations, contemporary approaches, interdisciplinary practices, and conceptual problem solving. A core belief of the Art Department is to help students understand the ever-changing nature of art, its affects on contemporary culture, and the discovery of their place in the global art community. 

The Art Department is open to all people who want to explore their artistic practice, including non-degree seeking students. There are a variety of enrollment options, and UNM-Taos advisors and the Art Department Chair are ready to assist you.


In addition to art studio and art history courses, the Art Department also provides students with a variety of resources including professional development workshops, open figure drawing, internships, work/study employment, scholarships, and studio space for select classes. The Atrium Gallery provides opportunities for students to exhibit work, curate shows, and work directly with professional artists.

Most importantly, the faculty of the Art Department supports your personal expression. Regardless your artistic path, the Art Department encourages you to find your own authentic creative voice!

University of New Mexico-Taos

Art Department 

1157 Country Road Ranchos de Taos

Taos, NM 87557

(575) 737-3698 


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