Celebrating History, Culture, Community 

Announcing the Historic Women of Taos Mural Project  


Your Voice, Your Choice  

The mural’s intention is to not only celebrate Taos women but to represent the diversity of our community. Whittling down the number of the amazing Taos women to choose from is a tall task. UNM-Taos and the Taos Arts Council are calling upon the community to inform which historic women are featured.


Please review the bios of the women from the selection below.

Click on the button to leave your feedback. Comments close April 30.  


Once the subjects are finalized, a wall to be determined will be painted by prominent muralist Jenny Ustick. Scroll down to read more about her.  


Thank you for your participation in this exciting project!


PLEASE NOTE: The following list does not include women from Taos Pueblo. UNM-Taos and the Taos Arts Council are working in collaboration with Taos Pueblo to choose the pueblo women who will be represented in the mural. For more information on this part of the process, email education@taospueblo.com.
Agnes Martin.webp

Agnes Martin was a painter who settled in Taos. She is considered one of the great painters of the Abstract Expressionist period. Read more about Agnes Martin on the Remarkable Women of Taos website.

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

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Mabel Evans Dodge Sterne Luhan was a wealthy American patron of the arts, who was particularly associated with the Taos art colony. Read more about Mabel Dodge Luhan on the Remarkable Women of Taos website.

Peggy Pond Church.jpg

Peggy Pond Church was a poet who was awarded the Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts in the category of literature. Read more about Peggy Pond Church on the Remarkable Women of Taos website.

Cleofas Martinez Jaramillo.jpg

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.

Jesusita Acosta Perrault.jpg

Jesusita Acosta Perrault was an author and early New Mexico Secretary of State. She served the town and county of Taos for over 20 years. Read more about Jesusita Acosta Perrault 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. Read more about María Rosa Villalpando on the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative website.

Rowena Matteson Meyers Martinez.jpg

Rowena Matteson Meyers Martinez was a writer and historian who is often referred to as a “walking encyclopedia of Taos history.” Read more about Rowena Matteson Meyers Martinez 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: https://www.jennyroeselustick.com


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: https://www.taosartscouncil.org/about-taos-arts-council/



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.



Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Ph.D.

Executive Director/ Project Investigator

Native Bound-Unbound

Herbert Foster

Development Director

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, New Mexico

HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP? Email taosarts@unm.edu