Work by Welly Fletcher

Artists as Knowledge Carriers

February 4, 2023 – May 6, 2023

In conjunction with Together Through as Within at NMSU Art Museum

516 ARTS presents Artists as Knowledge Carriers, featuring the work of New Mexico artists who are mentors of the next generation of artists. As art professors in higher education – including New Mexico State University (NMSU), the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) – these artists are guiding emerging artists intothe future. Their role is essential in cultivating critical and informed intellects in the realms of contemporary art and global culture. In the rapidly shifting era of the pandemic and social justicereckoning, art professors’ commitment to their students remains strong. Their teaching spans artistic methodologies, cultural discernment, and a variety of skills to navigate the art world and creative economy. This exhibition looks at the artistic production of the mentors themselves, whose practices reveal their own unique visions, rigor, and dedication to their craft. Artists include: Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee/Ioway), Stefan Jennings Batista, CraigCully, Marcella Ernst (Ojibwe), Welly Fletcher, Motoko Furuhashi, Mayumi Nishida, Jazmin Novak (Diné), Daisy Quezada Ureña, James Rivera (Yaqui), Carissa Samaniego, Will Wilson (Diné), and Stephanie Woods.

Artists as Knowledge Carriers (February 4 – May 6, 2023) is curated by 516 ARTS Curator Rachelle B. Pablo (Diné) with input from curatorial consultant Leslie Moody Castro. It is in conjunction with Together Through as Within at NMSU Art Museum (January 20 - March 12, 2023), focusing on NMSU Department of Art faculty and guest curated by Leslie Moody Castro. That exhibition features the work of Christopher Barday, Tauna Cole, Craig Cully, Brita d’Agostino, Maggie Day, Jeffrey Erwin, Motoko Furuhashi, Michelle Haberl, Carissa Samaniego, Rebecca Smith, Bree Lamb/Muscle Memory + Joshua Clark/Muscle Memory. Learn more at

This collaboration between NMSU Art Museum and 516 ARTS is part of Desierto Mountain Time, a constellation of contemporary arts organizations in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico drawn together by our shared interest in making meaningful connections between local and international communities. Together, we are offering thematic programs with artists, educators, curators, activists, and arts administrators whose dynamic practices integrate cross-border, regional, and global issues. Learn more at