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'2011 Project: Postcard' exhibition, fundraiser to benefit visiting artist program

Original work created by artists from as far away as Pakistan will be featured as New Mexico State University's art department presents "2011 Project: Postcard," a two-day exhibit and fundraiser to support the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, Sept. 9-10 in D.W. Williams Hall.

An anonymous submission for the "2011 Project: Postcard," exhibit to be held Sept. 9-10 at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Harrison Brooks)

"We have works from knitted objects, to photographs, to paintings, to metal works," Stephanie Taylor, professor of art history at NMSU, said. "There's something for everyone and we're really excited about it."

More than 270 original pieces of postcard-sized art will be displayed anonymously during the viewing before being sold to ticketholders.

Creating and donating the work are art department alumni, current students and regional and national artists. In addition to community members, former faculty and former visiting artists have also provided pieces.

An exhibit preview kicks off the event from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in the front hall at Williams with a reception to follow. The reception and viewing continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The postcard selection and sale begins promptly at 3 p.m. Sept. 10. Ticket numbers will be drawn randomly to determine the order of ticket holders allowed to select their work of art. At that time, only ticketholders will be allowed access to the artworks.

Tickets cost $40 for each piece of artwork and can be purchased now at the Art Department's main office located in Williams Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Solano Drive. Tickets will also be sold during each of the preview events.

The proceeds benefit the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, which offers NMSU students and community members direct interaction with artists and scholars of regional, national and international acclaim. Annually, the department hosts seven to 10 artists and scholars who present public lectures, participate in symposia and workshops, conduct studio critiques and lead informal discussions. These events are almost always free and open to the public.
"It's really a way of adding to the cultural life of the entire community," Taylor said.

For more information about the "2011 Project: Postcard," please visit http://artdepartment.nmsu.edu/Newsevents/news_events_index.htm.