Spring Semester Expressive Arts end of the year show

On Thursday May 8th, students of the WNMU Expressive arts department showcased works that they have done during the 2014 Spring semester. Works included sculptures, paintings, drawings, photography and even music and videos. During the show people were invited to snack on foods and enjoy art pieces Western New Mexico University students had to offer. Around seven O’clock Peter Bill presented the New Media Idea Lab’s videos including the popular WNMU happy video that can be found on Youtube. After the video presentation the WNMU Jazz band played multiple original jazz numbers for the crowd to enjoy.

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New Media Idea Lab Graduates show

New media Idea lab students had multiple instillation for their end of the year exhibition. the shows started at five o’clock and at seven. Individuals that came to see the instillations were taken on a grand tour to see the student’s wor

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k. The students each expressed a meaning full story with their art works. At the beginning of the show visitors were taken to a installation that simulated the Dr. Who TV series, then visitors were taken to a installation on the negative impacts of standardized testing and at the end of the exhibition students watched a film on “paranormal activity” at the fine arts theater of WNMU. Throughout the show students were able to listen and look at the exhibition on a story about a family and their lives. Each station at that exhibit explained a different story in the recording that was being played.


WNMU Expressive Arts Senior Show

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WNMU Expressive arts department seniors display their work in the Mccray Art gallery. Students had a variety of work including photography, ceramics, paintings, digital media, and 2d designs. Many individuals came to enjoy the magnificent art work and  congratulate the students for there hard work during their studies at Western. The seniors included graduate students and undergraduate students.


Disney Animator visits WNMU

Disney film Director, Gary Trousdale visited with Western New Mexico University students on Thursday along with presenting a presentation to the Silver City Community. Gary Trousdale is known for directing the Disney movies Beauty and the Beast, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He studied at CalArts for three years and then worked on to animation and designing story boards. In 1885, He was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation and started as an effects animator for the movie the Black Cauldron and later on directed Beauty and the Beast, that won a Acadamy Award for Best Picture as well as a LAFCA Award. Since he moved to Dream Works in 2003, his most recent works have been Shrek the Halls, Scared Shrekless, and The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper. Gary Trousdale looked at students presentations at Western’s programs during his stay here in Silver City. According to Gary Trousdale he said “So Far my experience was nice, I have never been to Silver City and WNMU but it is world class and you can find expertise everywhere”. Many Silver City Community members came out and enjoyed Gary Trousdale’s informative presentation.

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2014 Art Extravaganza

On Saturday March 29th, the Western New Mexico University Expressive Art Department held it’s first Annual Art Extravaganza. High School students from Silver City, Deming, and Las Cruces displayed their art work in the Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art. The High School students took a tour of the Expressive arts department and had an opportunity to experience hands on workshops with the art professors at Western. Michael Metcalf (Art Department Chair, and Sculpting Instructor) showed students the 3d printing processes you can learn at Western and also let the students experience hands on how sculpting works. Metcalf said “The Art Extravaganza is a beginning of an important event to show local high schools what we do here at Western.” After the students learned about sculpting they learned about photography with instructor Jim Pendergast, the students were shown how to photograph each other in a creative way by holding the camera up at different angles and seeing what different effects lenses have on photographs; the students received a copy of their photographs at the end of the day. Graphic design instructor Nikki O’Connel showed the students how to morph two different photographs together in photoshop which made creative portraits. Painting instructor, Judith Meyer presented multiple photographs of paintings previous students have done in past years at Western New Mexico University and explained the one on one experience students will have in their classes if they attend Western. “I was very impressed by the high school student’s artistic abilities, they are very ready for college, and throughout the program they felt comfortable and at home, they will now know what WNMU has to offer.” said Judith Meyer. Before lunch, the New Media instructor Peter Bill, showed multiple interesting video techniques to learn in New Media, they included video editing, stop motion, and documentary filming. During lunch, the art department grilled hamburgers while the WNMU Drum Line played music and talked to high school students interested in pursuing a career in music. The students also got a tour of the ceramics department taught by professor Jessica Wilson on how glazing and firings are done in the clay class. Deming High School Senior, Yamilex Romero said “I enjoyed seeing the insights of the art classes I would be taking at Western. The scholarship I received from the Expressive arts program will motivate me to come to Western New Mexico University. The college is close to home and as a one on one atmosphere that I enjoy.” Seventeen Scholarships were awarded to High School students that had art displayed in the Mc Cray gallery. Instructor John Abbot at Western said “I think the art extravaganza will expand the art department and get to interact with people they may work with.” The Western New Mexico Expressive Arts Department currently offers a Bachelors of Fine Arts Program as well as many different minors and associate degrees. The programs can be located on the Western New Mexico University Web Site.

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The Harry Benjamin Auction

On Saturday, February 22,  the local cognoscenti bid on art work at the Harry Benjamin Auction. All proceeds from the auction go towards the Expressive Arts foundation.

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One Billion Rising

On Thursday night, February 13, WNMU and Silver City community members got together and marched up Pope  Street and College avenue behind the Mustang Drum Line for One Billion Rising. This movement is a global gathering to end gender violence.  After the march everyone that participated gathered to listen to speakers, including  Professor Bailey, Professor Huerta,  Marcella Shepard, Professor Jost and many others about the importance of the One Billion Rising organization. The event ended with a celebration of dancing while the band called Friends of the Under Ground played music. Money that was raised from the Raffle will be donated to S.A.S.S. to help sexually abused women. The Expressive Arts New Media Studio filmed the event.

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