Craig Cully and Kelly Leslie, An Evening Reach, 2021, oil on panel, 34 x 30 inches

OPENING RECEPTION: Artists as Knowledge Carriers

Saturday, February 4, 2023 6pm – 8pm

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Live music by DJ Garronteed and refreshments provided by Brew Lab 101 Beer & Cider Co.

Our first exhibition of 2023, Artists as Knowledge Carriers, which features the work of New Mexico artists who are mentors of a new 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), the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) – these artists are guiding emerging artists into the future. Their role is essential in cultivating critical and informed intellects in the realms of contemporary art and global culture. This exhibition looks at the artistic production of the mentors themselves, whose practices reveal their own unique visions, rigor, and dedication to their craft, including photography, sculpture, painting, film, and textile art. Artists include: Jamison Chās Banks (Seneca-Cayuga), Stefan Jennings Batista, Craig Cully in collaboration with Kelly Leslie, Marcella (Kwe) Ernest (Ojibwe), Welly Fletcher, Motoko Furuhashi, Mayumi Nishida, Jazmin Novak (Diné), Daisy Quezada Ureña, Jim Rivera (Yoeme/Pascua Yaqui), Carissa Samaniego, Will Wilson (Diné), and Stephanie J. Woods. Read more about the exhibition here.

This collaborative exhibition between NMSU Art Museum and 516 ARTS and public program described below at SITE

Santa Fe are 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