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Celebrating History, Culture, Community 

The Historic Women of Taos Mural Project  


In spring 2023, internationally recognized muralist Jenny Ustick will create a mural on the south wall of Rio Grande Hall on Civic Plaza Drive. The mural will feature four historic women of Taos, who were chosen by the community of Taos and the Taos Pueblo in spring 2022. The mural’s intention is to not only celebrate Taos women, but to also represent the diversity of our community. 


Stay tuned for upcoming lectures, workshops, and community painting dates!




DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo was a Taos Pueblo and Diné contemporary 2D artist. Read more about DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo on the IAIA website.

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Cleofas Martinez Jaramillo was an author, historic preservationist, and businesswoman. She had a major impact on the preservation of northern New Mexico’s Spanish culture. Read more about Cleofas Martinez Jaramillo on the Remarkable Women of Taos website.

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María Rosa Villalpando was taken captive in a Comanche raid and is considered the ancestral matriarch of several prominent Taos families and one of the historic women of the Santa Fe Trail. Read more about María Rosa Villalpando on the Historical Women of New Mexico Marker website.

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Helene Wurlitzer is a philanthropist who started a pivotal artist residency in Taos. Read more about Helene Wurlitzer on the Remarkable Women of Taos website.


Jenny Roesel Ustick is Associate Professor of Practice and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art - DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. A Cincinnati native, Ustick has become one of the most prominent muralists in her region and across the globe. She has completed murals in Cincinnati for ArtWorks, US Soccer Federation, 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati, among others. Her Mr. Dynamite (James Brown) mural in Cincinnati has earned her international attention. She has also created or contributed to murals in Tennessee, New Mexico, Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida, including invitations to the Walls for Women mural festival in Tennessee, and the CRE8IV Mural Festival in Rockford, Illinois. 


Internationally, Ustick has participated in the Proyecto Palimipsesto mural residency with La Fundación ‘ace para el Arte Contemporáneo y el ‘acePIRAR, Programa Internacional de Residencias Artísticas in 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was Artist in Residence in spring 2018 with the Graniti Murales program in Graniti, Sicily. Ustick is also a museum exhibiting multidisciplinary artist with numerous shows including the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, the Dayton Art Institute, the Cincinnati Art Museum, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, and Redline Contemporary in Denver. She has participated in multiple international art fairs including Governors Island Art Fair in New York, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and ArtPrize. ​For more info:


This project is generously funded by the Taos Arts Council. The Taos Arts Council is a non-profit organization working to ensure that Taos County has a vibrant, vital and active arts environment. The mission of the TAC is to promote awareness, understanding, appreciation and development of all of the Creative Arts (literary, visual, tactile, musical, performing, etc.) in order to enhance the quality of life in our Northern New Mexico area. For more info:



UNM-Taos is one of the newest and smallest of the UNM branches, yet in 2011 was ranked as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation for growth. We boast a sophisticated curriculum and highly qualified faculty. The campus is situated in a high mountain valley between the Rio Grande and the 1,000 year-old Taos Pueblo. Klauer Campus reflects Taos' laid-back style known throughout the Southwest. And it honors the area's connection to the land and conservation efforts; the campus is fully powered by one of the largest solar arrays in New Mexico.



The Town of Taos

The Historic Preservation Commission

Matthew Thomas

Executive Director

The Paseo Project

Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Ph.D.

Executive Director/ Project Investigator

Native Bound-Unbound

Herbert Foster

Development Director

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Hall Frost

Assistant Archivist

Palace of the Governors Photo Archive

Nic Knight

Executive Director

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of NM

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