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Art Gallery presents famous watercolor works from the collection of NMSU alumni

The New Mexico State University Art Gallery will present the Milford Zornes: California Watercolorist exhibition, featuring works from the collection of Robert and Mary Culpepper, May 20-July 22, beginning with an opening reception at 5 p.m. May 20.


The Culpeppers met at NMSU as students in the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and as members of the Canterbury Club. Robert Culpepper also was active in the Coronado Playmakers, which produced four productions per year before the theater department was established at NMSU.

The Culpeppers shared a love for the arts, and their recent gift in support of the NMSU Center for the Arts is a reflection of their loyalty to NMSU and their belief in the value of the arts in day-to-day life. After the Culpeppers met California watercolorist Milford Zornes through family in Mexico, they began to build a collection of his paintings.

Zornes' paintings were fundamentally inspired by his love for travel. His paintings have been largely admired, and one was selected by President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt to hang in the White House in 1934.

The Culpeppers' collection of Zornes' works ranges from a watercolor Zornes painted in 1924 when he was 16 years old to the painting he completed on his 100th birthday.

The gallery is open from noon 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.