NMSU Art Museum lands $300,000 grant

The New Mexico State University Art Museum received a $300,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“These funds enable us to take the next step toward our vision for growth, including improving operations and hiring a curator of collections,” Marisa Sage, director of the University Art Museum, said in a statement.

“Thanks to this support, we can broaden public access to the collections and support artists holistically throughout the creative and exhibition process.”

The museum’s mission, she said, has been to communicate the “intrinsic value of art in our diverse community, both on and off campus, by presenting exhibits and acquisitions that more accurately reflect this region”.

Since the pandemic hit, the museum has shifted to an online exhibition format, reaching 8,000 people worldwide through online galleries, live performances and free workshops, according to a press release.

Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, in a statement, called the award “prestigious but well-deserved recognition for such hard work and commitment.”

The museum is free and open to the public, and all aspects of the exhibits, including programming, will be available online and in person.

The Mellon Foundation awarded more than $500 million last year to a range of projects in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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