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Student exhibit showcases New Mexico's Native American tribes

Joyce T. Macrorie
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:18am

Students from the J. Paul Taylor Academy and the Hatch Public Schools will be honored at an art reception at the Doña Ana County Government Center Friday, July 25.

The new art exhibit will feature the rich heritage of New Mexico’s Native American tribes and pueblos, as well as some fashion sculptures.

The reception for the students will be Friday, July 25 from 1-3 p.m. and is open to the public.

Seventh-graders at the J. Paul Taylor Academy charter school spent several months researching tribes and pueblos from New Mexico and were asked to write formal research papers on their chosen group.

The students also created watercolors.

The watercolors are part of the overall exhibit, which features vertical columns that were specifically designed by the students to complement the government center’s upstairs rotunda.

The creation was the collective brainstorm of the students, who derived ideas and research for the project from The Branigan Cultural Center and The Las Cruces Museum of Art.

Experts at each museum gave the students workshops on exhibit design, curation, and potential careers in museums.

Parents, students, teachers and family members helped set up the exhibit at the Doña Ana County Government Center, which can be viewed in the second floor rotunda anytime during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Students at the Hatch Public Schools have installed two sculptures of life-size dresses made entirely of recycled materials.

The upstairs of the Doña Ana County Government Center also features original paintings by Las Cruces artist Joyce T. Macrorie.


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