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The Atrium Gallery is the central hub of the Art Department. The highly active, and sometimes impromptu work space, provides an atmosphere that promotes inspiration and community. The Atrium Gallery hosts several professional artists a year as well as provide numerous opportunities for students work with these artists as well as exhibit their own work. Students are given full support when requesting space to work in large-scale, directly on the walls, and installation-based work. The communal environment brings students to the space daily to gather, share food, and critique work. 


2019 / 2020 SCHEDULE

August 19th - September 19th 

Opening- August 23nd, 4-7pm. Live music and projection art @ 5:30


Her first solo show, Natalina, explores concepts of connection to self, others and the Earth through ceramic sculpture, paintings, old and new technology as well as a multitude of reimagined waste. An advocate for women and the environment, her work favors female forms and regularly employs discarded elements. Love Letters and MetaMemories tells a story common to the collective experience. A graduate of Purdue University, Natalina is currently enrolled in continuing education classes at UNM-Taos. This dynamic installation is her contribution to the transformation she envisions for the world- Alchemic UpCycling.

Love Letters & Meta Memories - Natalina 


September 23rd - October 25th


Jenny Roesel Ustick is Interim Director, MFA Program, Foundations Coordinator, and Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She manages large-scale public murals, with eleven walls in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; she has also worked on projects in Miami Beach, Florida, the Villa Crespo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in Granati, Italy.

Jenny Roesel Ustick


October 28th - November 20th

Córdova is a nationally recognized children’s’ book illustrator and acclaimed arts educator and lecturer. Córdova has made numerous keynote speeches as well as art with thousands of children and adults throughout the U.S. A descendant of a family who has resided in Northern New Mexico preceding the seventeenth century, Córdova holds great reverence for New Mexico’s landscape, history, cultures and traditions. Brilliant color, dreams, the natural world, and the wisdom of children contribute to Córdova’s inspirational, artistic vision.

Amy Cordova y Boone


October 28th - November 20th

UNM-Taos students present large scale sculptures within the Atrium Gallery as well as around

campus. These giant objects are constructed of every day objects including cardboard and tissue paper.

Giant Objects

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December 2nd - December 6th

The Mini Show features an array of art from students, staff, faculty, and alumni that are no larger than 2x2" in dimension. These Minis are available for sale and will run through the UNM-Taos Annual Holiday Sale.

The Mini Show


December 6th

Need a special, unique gift for the art enthusiast in your life? Purchase handmade holiday gifts and artwork created by dedicated and talented student artists at the UNM–Taos Holiday Art Sale and Fundraiser! The majority of artwork will sell for under $50 and 10% of proceeds will be used to support the UNM–Taos Art Department. Complimentary, warm holiday refreshments and snacks will also be available while you finish your holiday shopping at UNM–Taos!

UNM-Taos Annual Holiday Sale and Fundraiser


January 21st - February 6th

Opening- January 23rd @ 5-7pm

Nikesha Breeze is an American born African Diaspora Artist. She is a descendent of the Mende People of Sierra Leone and Assyrian Refugees. Her work is interdisciplinary and multi faceted. As a primarily self-taught artist with minimal schooling in the Fine Arts, her work is intuitive, spiritual, ritual, and focused. Her work centers around paths of reclamation of the black body and the human soul. She has received great success in her short time working in the visual arts, and has completed a sold-out Solo Museum show of: Within This Skin, and has been awarded National recognition and the 3D Juried Grand Prize Award as well as the Contemporary Black Arts Award, for her Sculptural installation: 108 Death Masks: A communal Prayer for Peace and Justice, at the 2018 International ARTPRIZE exhibition.

Nikesha Breeze


February 13th - March 12th

Opening- February 13th @ 5-7pm

Vargas exhibits a heartfelt community driven art installation. The installation most prominently illustrates the portraits of migrant children that have died in the detention camps this past year. The larger than life portraits hang on paper tapestries that envelope the viewer, depicting doves and flowers that glisten with highlights of gold and silver. The juxtaposition of fine art rendering with student prose and abstract edges gives the installation a raw and honest quality. Over fifty students contributed to the art installation, some painting for the first time, but inspired by the and meaning of the artwork.

Andrea Vargas




Carrie Fonder is a sculptor, installation, and video artist whose work uses uses humor to play with issues of power. Fonder earned her MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in sculpture at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Nehru Award to explore the influence of culture on gender identity via depictions of the feminine in India. Currently, a member of Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally from Detroit to New Delhi. Fonder is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of West Florida.

Carrie Fonder



A celebratory and farewell exhibition for the UNM-Taos 2020 Fine Art Graduates. Exhibited artwork include some of the UNM-Taos 2020 Fine Art Graduates' best art work created during their devoted attendance at UNM-Taos Art Department. 

Atrium Gallery Student Exhibition


The UNM-Taos Art Department welcomes proposals for exhibitions for the 2021/2022 academic year. Please refer to the gallery policies and email a synopsis and 5-10 jpegs of artwork to with the subject line - Atrium Gallery Proposal. The Gallery Director will contact you if your proposal is a good fit for our programming. Please do not send follow up emails. 

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