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NMSU Art Gallery and College of Engineering to host Meet the Artist and Open Forum Discussion of the Rio Grande

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery and the College of Engineering will host a reception for visitors to meet San Diego artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw, creator of the gallery's exhibition, "Of Water and the River: Meditations on the Rio Grande." Shaw will be joined by Gary Esslinger, treasurer and manager of the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, for an open forum discussion of the Rio Grande. The reception will be held Friday, Oct. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.

San Diego-based artist Joyce Cutler-Shaw (File photo)

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 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 exhibition, which is an installation of photographs, maps, artist's books and drawings, is a collaborative effort amongst Shaw, the Art Department, the Civil Engineering Department and the Library Department of Archives and Special Collections.

The forum and reception for the exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Oct. 24. 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 http://www.nmsu.edu/artgal.