Thursday, February 9, 2017

Artist’s Exhibition

 Isadora Stowe "In Theory" is on display in the Ingham Chapman Gallery until February 22nd.  Also on Wednesday February 22nd, Isadora will be presenting a lecture from 5:30-6:30 in the Calvin Hall Auditorium #248.
Immediately following the lecture we will be having a closing reception for her exhibition in the Ingham Chapman Gallery with light refreshments.
All events are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
Here is a description of the artist and her work.

Isadora Stowe, BFA, MFA exhibits her series of work “In Theory”, that incorporates mixed media screen-printing with wood drawing silhouettes. January 17th-Feburary 22, 2017, Closing Reception and Artist Talk, Wed., February 22, at 5:30 pm.

Stowe grew up in the southwest border region, living and working in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. She credits these experiences with a heightened awareness of geographical and political boundaries; and a fascination with the exploration of identity of self in her work. The artwork on exhibit reflects Stowe’s strong interest in visual narratives, created out of symbolic code, or personal syntax, that explore memory as it relates to the construction, negotiation and interpretation of the sense of self.

Her exhibition “In Theory” is an installation where symbolic codes are repeated in juxtapositions that reinterpret and transcend their meanings. These narrative codes, such as a house with oversized succulents spouting from the roof, are repeated through screen prints on large circles and triangles. In addition silhouettes of the symbols are placed in alternating formations moving through and connecting in combinations on the gallery walls.

Stowe earned her BFA in Painting with a double major in Cultural Anthropology, minor in Native American Studies and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from New Mexico State University. She exhibits her work nationally and is represented in many collections across the country and in Mexico. She maintains a studio in New Mexico and is the full time art faculty at the Northwest Campus of El Paso Community College in Texas. Stowe has been the recipient of several grants, scholarships and awards for her work, including an award for excellence from the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. More information about her work and processes can be viewed on her website:

Monday, February 6, 2017

UNM-Gallup’s History Based on Community Support

Since we first started offering classes in 1968, UNM-Gallup’s mission has always been to serve the educational and professional needs of our area.  Our first classes were held at the old Gallup High School building where we originally served 128 students.  Today we have grown to serve approximately 2400 students on a campus that sprawls across 87 acres.  We have grown from a campus of one building to a college of 12 buildings.  Our first building, Lions Hall, was a donation given by the local Lions Club to illustrate the importance the community placed on bringing higher education to the citizens of the area.

            From our early beginnings, our growth and our future have always been dependent on the support of the greater Gallup/McKinley County population.  When the early leaders of our community decided there was a need for a UNM branch campus to serve local students, they put into motion a history of educational achievements that has allowed tens of thousands of students to pass through our doors on their way to pursuing their ambitions. 

            With the support of our community we have been able to grow both enrollment and programs as a means of preparing students to enter directly into the workforce or go on for further education.  We continue to emphasize the “community” in community college by making a difference in the lives of our students and allowing them to impact the local job market and improve the economic outlook for themselves and their families.

            Dreams do come true at UNM-Gallup and we encourage voters to allow us to keep changing and improving student lives in our area by approving the continuation of the UNM-Gallup mill levy on February 7th.  Renewal of the existing mill levy will support campus operations and allow UNM-Gallup to promote the importance of community-focused, regionally specific and culturally vibrant educational opportunities.  Thank you for your support.

Chief Executive Officer