Howl, the voice of UNM-Taos, is a journal of the arts. Howl represents the powerful voices of Taos and its diverse Northern New Mexico culture. UNM-Taos students produce Howl to showcase a selection of written and visual arts. Howl's voices are thunderous. They resonate with the interconnected chords that serve to unite our personal, academic, and common realms. Howl hums across borders and fences, penetrating the minds and hearts of all who are courageous enough to listen. Taos is a place situated in ancestral rhythms and lies between the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the deepest canyons in all of New Mexico. Perhaps the magnetic pull between these two is what draws us in and out of ourselves and has attracted so many to settle in this valley.


During these extraordinary circumstances of the global pandemic and in an effort to reconnect with the community, UNM-Taos is taking Howl online this year. The digital book will be hosted on the UNM-Taos Fine Arts and Digital Media Department website. We are also enacting an initiative called Art Across Curriculum, which invites all departments to participate in a creative project to be included in Howl. As always, all students, alumni, faculty, staff and greater community of Taos are invited to submit work.

The Making of a Mural

The Department of Fine Arts and Digital Media is thrilled to present a short documentary on the making of The Dance: The Hierophany of Home - our epic mural at UNM-Taos! The imagery was conceptualized by students in collaboration with Amy Cordova y Boone. Led by Jenny Roesel Ustick, the mural was painted by the students, staff, faculty, and community of UNM-Taos and completed on October 7, 2019. The documentary was shot and edited by UNM-Taos Digital Media students and Program Coordinator and filmmaker Peter Walker. 

The Dance: The Hierophany of Home

Hierophany - finding the sacred in everyday life


To all who hear the song of the mountain. 

To the life giving waters, the luminous colors of the day, to growing things. May all be blessed and inspired in this mountain home.”

- Amy Cordova y Boone


Funded by the Title V Hispanic Serving Institution Grant: 

UNIDOS: Building Pathways to Access and Opportunity 

for the Upper Rio Grande Region


Designing Artist - Amy Cordova y Boone


Lead Muralist - Jenny Roesel Ustick


Project Manager - Sarah Stolar


Painted by the students, staff, faculty, and community of UNM-Taos


Completed October 7, 2019