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This Month at the Council

Events and Workshops in November

What's Coming Up:

Upcoming at the Council

What’s Happened at the Heart of the Arts So Far in 2023:


  • Artrageous experiences returned! 
  • Celebrating and honoring influential community members.
  • It’s not just about the visual and performing arts,we celebrate the voices and creative writing spirits. (Open Mics-Fiesta Fridays)
  • Partnerships and collaborations with other non-profits like LAB, Cruces Creatives, and more.
  • Partnering with other organizations like ARTE for LifeLong Learning to feed your mind. 
  • First Friday Art Rambles are back!
  • Second Saturday hours returned!
  • Mindfulness experiences through the arts.
  • Diverse gallery exhibits. (multicultural, female, indigenous, LGBTQIA2S+)
  • School youth gallery exhibits. (Alma de Arte and Sierra Middle School)
  • Children’s summer programs have kicked off! (CAP and MCT)
  • Memberships have returned! 
  • But wait, there’s more to come! Are you following us on Social Media?


Las Cruces Art Museum

New Mexico State University Art Museum and Galleries

Join us at the Museum of Art, 491 N. Main St., for our newest exhibition, “Artistas de las Fronterizas – Borderland Contemporary Artists.”
Sixteen contemporary artists from local borderland communities, including Las Cruces, El Paso, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, come together in this colorful and expressive exhibit to showcase their work as prominent Borderland artists. The exhibit is on view from Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, to Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.
An opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 6, 2023, with artists in attendance to discuss their artwork and their respective experiences as artists.

El Paso Museum of Art

2024 Border Biennial
December 15, 2023 – April 14, 2024
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery


The 2024 Border Biennial / Bienal Fronteriza 2024 focuses on the unique identity of the borderland, which includes a diversity of experiences. The exhibition explores how artists define the region and what it means to them. Works on display speak to how artists in the borderland experience history, gender, culture, race, sexuality, food, environment, and politics. While most focus on the United States / Mexico border, the exhibition does provides an opportunity to reflect on a broader definition of borders and their conditions worldwide. Engaging programming and a publication capturing the show will accompany the exhibition.

University Art Museum

Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding
University Art Museum 
October 20, 2023-March 2nd, 2024
Opening: October 20, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm

Celia Alvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding, spans forty years, and features over thirty-five artworks – including large-scale immersive installations, photographic series, and book projects – this major exhibition highlights the artist’s playful, witty style, often characterized by her use of bilingual puns and mistranslations in both text and image. Muñoz often draws inspiration from her lived experience as a resident of the United States-Mexico borderlands.

Originating from the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the exhibition was curated by Dr. Kate Green, Chief Curator & Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at Philbrook Museum of Art, and Isabel Casso, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Celia’s exhibition is accompanied by a full-color publication that will be available at the opening and during the run of the exhibition in the NMSU Art Museum.

Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery:

NMSU Mexican Retablo Collection: New Acquisitions 2019-2023
University Art Museum 
October 20th, 2023 – July 20th, 2024 
Opening: October 20, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm

Concurrent with Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding UAM proudly presents NMSU Mexican Retablo Collection: New Acquisitions 2019-2023 in the Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery. The exhibit highlights recent donations to the NMSU Permanent Art Collection from Gloria F. Giffords and Family, Estate of Augusta Sonnichsen Hemphill, and the Estate of Elizabeth Ann Nordeen. NMSU Mexican Retablo Collection: New Acquisitions 2019-2023 runs from October 20, 2023 through July 20, 2024.