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$20,000 grant awarded to NMSU art professor

Rachel Stevens, a New Mexico State University assistant art professor, has received a $20,000 Pollack/Krasner grant for her talent in art.


Stevens, who also is the NMSU art department sculptor, will use the grant money for the complete the restoration of an old adobe building in the Mesquite district of Las Cruces that she will use as her sculpting studio. Known as the Alvarez House, the building is more than 100 years old and is listed on the state and national historic registries.

The Pollack/Krasner grant was established by Lee Krasner, a painter and the wife of Jackson Pollack who was one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. The grant is available to visual artists worldwide, including painters, sculptors and printmakers.

Stevens will exhibit her sculpture Jan. 20 during an exhibition titled "Re-focus" at the El Paso Museum of Art. Other artists from the Southwest will participate in the exhibition as well.