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NMSU Art Gallery presents Modern Design/Folk Art exhibition

The new exhibition at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, opening Oct. 15, will focus on the interplay of folk art and modernism in America while allowing visitors to feel a connection to New Mexican culture.

The exhibition will feature some of the original works collected by Alexander Girard, an avid folk art collector and textile designer for the Herman Miller Company. The exhibition will include examples of Girard's modernist furniture, textiles and films for the Herman Miller Company, allowing visitors to explore connections between handcraft and machine production, mid-century esthetics and folk art.

Several of Girard's pieces featured at the NMSU Art Gallery also encompass New Mexican culture.

"There is a strong New Mexico connection," said Preston Thayer, NMSU Art Gallery director. "Girard lived and worked in Santa Fe. The exhibition will allow people to see the key role a New Mexican played in mid-century design."

An opening reception will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the art gallery. The exhibition will run through Dec. 17.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located in D.W. Williams Hall on University Avenue east of Solano Drive.

For more information, visit http://www.nmsu.edu/artgal, or call 575-646-2545.