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NMSU professor emeritus receives art award

A New Mexico State University professor emeritus has been selected to receive the Art in Public Places Award for his paintings around the NMSU campus and the Las Cruces community.

rick has painted murals on and in various buildings across the NMSU main campus that span several decades.

"NMSU would not be the university I know without his works of art, which have in part defined the university," said Tracy Jamison, a previous Art in Public Places Award recipient.

Barrick, now 92, retired from the NMSU art department in 1984 after 35 years. He is responsible for the mural of former NMSU president Roger Corbett in the student union, a mural showing the history of the Mesilla Valley in the lobby of Hadley Hall, and exterior murals at Jacobs Hall, Guthrie Hall, Breland Hall, Foster Hall and the Dona Ana Community College. He also created a mural at Fire Station No. 4 in Las Cruces and at the Santa Teresa Industrial Complex in Santa Teresa, N.M.

Barrick also worked with a chemistry faculty member to invent a paint that was resistant to fading caused by photo degradation. He used the paint for an exterior mural on the main chemistry building constructed in the 1950s. The colors in the painting remain vibrant after many decades.

The Art in Public Places Award recognizes an individual who has created or placed art on permanent public view in Dona Ana County. The recipient demonstrates the highest standards and commitment to art in public places.

"His imprint, in artistic style, impressed me greatly as a kid growing up and playing at NMSU, as a student attending the university and today as a middle-aged artist. I am still impressed by the style and composition and boldness of his paintings," said Jamison, who nominated Barrick.

Barrick will receive the award June 22 at the annual Dona Ana Arts Council Awards Gala. For more information contact the Dona Ana Arts Council at (505) 523-6403.

Lacey E. Daniell
June 20, 2006