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University Art Gallery opens new show

A new exhibition by New Mexico State University art professor Joshua Rose titled "Joshua Rose Retrospective" will open Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. and run through Feb. 22 in the University Art Gallery.

The exhibition will showcase more than 50 large scale paintings spanning 30 years of Rose's career. John Lawson, art gallery director, said the exhibition will be like a survey of art and of Rose's creativity.

"It's very good work to see," Lawson said. "Many don't get a chance to see 30 years of art."

Lawson said while many think an artist does the same thing over and over, this exhibition will show how artists can express themselves in different ways and how their styles will change over time.

"One painting leads to another painting and to another," Lawson said. "There isn't one painting that isn't related to all paintings."

Lawson said he hopes students that see the exhibition understand that you have to push yourself until you are satisfied with your work and not give up because it didn't come out right the first time.

"It's a really impressive show because of the amount of work and the size of the work," Lawson said. "I think some people will be overwhelmed by the size, the color and the amount."

Rose's most recent work is on display at the Zane Bennett Contemporary Art gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. That exhibition, titled "Full Circle," will run through Feb. 29.

Rose enrolled in biology at the University of New Mexico in 1976, but switched his major to art a year later. He began teaching painting and drawing at NMSU in 1981. Rose will retire from teaching in the summer of 2008.

The University Gallery is located in the D. W. Williams Art Center at University Avenue and Solano Drive. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information call (575) 646-2545.