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Honors College celebrating 40 years with a new exhibition by artist Susan King

New Mexico State University's Honors College will celebrate its 40th anniversary during Homecoming with a gala reception and new gallery exhibition at the Conroy Honors Center Gallery featuring artist Susan King, an NMSU alumna.

Images from Susan King's book, "Treading the Maze." King will open a new exhibition of her work at the Conroy Honors Center Gallery at New Mexico State University Oct. 28. (Courtesy Image)

King will celebrate her homecoming to NMSU with an artist talk at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Hardman Hall Room 106. The talk will be followed by an opening reception for her exhibition at 5:30 p.m. in the Conroy Honors Center. She also will meet with alumni and guests at the Honors College Anniversary Gala at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Conroy Honors Center.

King, a 1973 graduate of NMSU's Master of Fine Arts Program, combines writing and photography and creates artist's books in multiples. She founded Paradise Press, where she makes books using lead type and letterpress equipment. Her books are known for their use of original writing, innovative formats and attention to craft. Her book "Treading the Maze" traces a year of travel through medieval Europe, and also thorough her diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer.

King started making books when she moved to southern California in the 1970s to be part of the experimental Feminist Studio Workshop founded by Judy Chicago, Sheila de Bretteville and Arlene Raven. She went on to become the studio director of the Women's Graphic Center at the Women's Building. Much of her work focuses on women's lived experiences.

King grew up in the South in a family of storytellers. Southern oral tradition and history and writing about place often appear in her work. Her recent projects are a response to a move from Los Angeles to Kentucky.

The Honors Program, now the Honors College, started with a single course in the spring of 1965 and now serves more than 400 students a year.

The college also will introduce the members of its Advisory Council and announce the Kennett Melgaard Scholarship for honors students at the gala. Melgaard was the first director of the Honors Program.

King's exhibition is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Department of Art, the Women's Studies Program, the Lilian Steinman Endowed Fund for Visiting Artists and the College of Arts and Sciences. MountainView Regional Medical Center's Women's Center also is sponsoring the event to support education about breast cancer. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For more information about King's visit, call the Honors College at (505) 646-2005.