Branch campus news
Taos’ Harwood @ 80
Anniversary celebrated through
lectures, films, fundraising,
concerts, exhibits and more
By Carolyn Gonzales
Proceeds from the lithograph “Santa Clara Dancer” benefit education.
Founded in 1923, the Harwood Museum of Art has been a part of the University of New Mexico since 1935. Since September, the museum has been celebrating “Harwood @ 80 Taos Arts: Past Present Future” through lectures, films, concerts, exhibits, fundraising initiatives and more.
One endeavor includes the sale of the original lithograph “Santa Clara Dancer” by Taos artist Julian Robles. The five-color lithograph was printed at UNM’s Tamarind Institute.
“We had 80 lithographs printed. They are priced at $600 each unframed, $750 framed. Ten have sold to date,” said Charles Lovell, director. He said that all money raised goes toward educational programs.
“We offer a variety of educational programming, including children and youth tours and classes. We teach children art forms, painting and more,” he said. Lovell said that the museum staff encourages teachers to use the facility and some faculty at UNM-Taos bring in student groups.
A portfolio of eight, orginal, limited edition prints has also been brought together to help Harwood in its fundraising efforts. The prints, some of which were printed at Tamarind, others at Lynch Press in Taos, provide art lovers and collectors with a rare opportunity to own striking pieces incorporating an array of subjects, designs and colors. Featured artists are Larry Bell, Earl Stroh, Gustavo Victor Goler, May Stevens, Alyce Frank, Barbara Zaring, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Ken Price, all prominent and from Taos or New Mexico.
The portfolios are available for $5,000 until Jan. 31 or until five sets are sold. Subsequently, the price goes up to $6,000 and will go up $1,000 each time five sets are sold until the collection of 19 is sold out, said Lovell.
The Harwood Museum, considered “self sustaining” because less than half its revenue comes from UNM, is thriving. At a time when museums in Santa Fe reported a 30-40 percent drop in attendance, Harwood has enjoyed a banner year. “We had 18,385 visits in 2003, up ten percent from last year. I feel that we’re going in the right direction,” Lovell said.
He said that a goal for 2004 is to seek accreditation from the American Association of Museums.
A capital campaign with UNM-Taos is also in the works. Current staff includes seven full time and seven part time staff “and a host of volunteers.”
David Witt, museum curator, invites people from all UNM campuses to the Harwood. “A Lobo ID gets UNM students, faculty and staff in free. All New Mexico residents can visit the museum for free on Sunday,” he said.
UNM-LA plays for funds
By Bonnie Gordon
The UNM-Los Alamos Piano Fund Concert Series is more than anyone bargained for.
Conceived by UNM-LA faculty member Juanita Madland to raise funds for the purchase of a Yamaha grand piano for the music department, the two-year-old series features exceptional musicians and brings hundreds of people to the
UNM-LA campus, many of whom have never before set foot on the grounds.
About half of the $28,000 needed to pay for the piano has been raised. The series also brings a lot of welcome attention to the UNM-LA Music Department, Spurred by the success of the series, the department will now hold student concerts for the first time. Concerts are free to the public, but donations to the Piano Fund are gratefully accepted.
“Donations range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars,” Madland said.
The spring concerts open with pianist Natalia Efremova Jan. 23. For more information on the Piano Fund Concert Series, call (505) 661-4691.
Gallup faculty make strides in science, math
Projects include collaboration with NMSU
By Linda Thorton
The UNM-Gallup Science/Mathematics Department faculty are pursuing grants, giving national presentations and creating collaborative projects. Here are a few updates from the branch campus:
The main campus gave approval for a grant application to the National Science Foundation for Major Research Instrumentation. Paula Watt, Ph.D., associate professor of geology, applied for the grant to purchase an ICPOES, Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emissions Spectrometer. The instrument is used in environmental studies to analyze soil and water for metal contaminants. Watt also received a mini-grant from UNM-Gallup to hire a student to paint a wall mural in the science wing. Kristin Lasiloo will paint femurs of the largest and smallest dinosaurs, as well as the femur of a human to show comparative sizes.
Florentin Smarandache, Ph.D., continues to make a mark on the international mathematics world with his work in neutrosophic logic. Smarandache, associate professor, presented a paper at the 2003 BISC International Workshop on “Soft Computing for Internet Bioinformatics” at University of California, Berkeley, in December. The paper was on “Fuzzy Logic, Neutrosophic Logic and Applications.”
When Kamala Sharma, Ph.D., associate professor, brought the New Mexico State University Bridges program to UNM-Gallup in 2000, it helped improve retention and steer students into the sciences. Each summer, Native American students from Gallup participate in various research projects at NMSU. Sharma takes about 10 students to the university where they learn how to do research in a lab, are mentored in their chosen areas and encouraged to plan to continue their educations in science at a four-year college. All expenses are paid for by NMSU Bridges.
Valencia announces exhibits
Six exhibits are scheduled during the spring semester at the UNM-Valencia Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Business and Technology Building on the UNM-Valencia Campus.
Valencia art students create works for the Hikidashi Fire Show opening April 28.
Opening receptions and exhibits are free to the public and are sponsored by the UNM-Valencia Fine Arts Department. The exhibits are as follows: