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NMSU Art Gallery opens first exhibition of the fall with presentation on the Rio Grande by artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will open its first exhibition of the 2009-2010 season, "Of Water and the River: Meditations on the Rio Grande," with a reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.The exhibition, which is an installation of photographs, maps, artist's books and drawings, will run through Saturday, Oct. 24.



Above is one installation of the New Mexico State University Art Gallery's first exhibition of the fall "Of Water and the River: Meditations on the Rio Grande" by Joyce Cutler-Shaw. The exhibition will run in the gallery from Friday, September 11, through Saturday, October 24. (NMSU photo by Joyce Cutler-Shaw)

Created by San Diego artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw, the exhibition is a celebration of the Rio Grande and explores the history, engineering, nature and the politics of water. Acting as a visual essay the project gives insight on everything from the river's dams, to the wildlife to the controversy on who has rights to the water.

"The exhibition is an exploration of the significance of the river," gallery director Preston Thayer said.

The exhibition is a part of a larger, multi-year study by Cutler-Shaw on the waters of the world. Her works have focused on world-famous seas and rivers in a three decade long project.

The opening reception for the exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in D.W. Williams Hall on University Avenue. east of Solano Drive. For more information call (575) 646-2545, or visit www.nmsu.edu/artgal.