New Mexico Art League
                  Art School ∙ Gallery 



Our History - Past, Present and Future

In 1929, fine arts professors and students at the University of New Mexico founded the New Mexico Art League; and it thus constitutes one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. The Art League has provided common ground for artists with regional, national and international credentials, such as Raymond Jonson, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Bert Phillips, Walter Ufer, Peter Hurd, Henriette Wyeth and Wilson Hurley.

The founders of the Art League demonstrated strongly that the Southwest, and in particular New Mexico, should provide, cultivate and conserve our state's rich resources in the fine arts. They also produced a variety of notable art and educational exhibits from "Picasso's Prints" to "Models of Leonardo Da Vinci's Inventions" as well as the "National Small Works Show," attracting artists from all over the country.

In earlier years, the Art League awarded a scholarship to the UNM Fine Arts Department and sponsored the KOB TV program entitled "Art and You". Another of the Art League's most significant contributions to our community was the initiation and fundraising drive for the Albuquerque Art and History Museum.

The current Board of the New Mexico Art League is committed to preserving this rich heritage. By 2012, funds were raised to renovate the Art League building, restoring working classrooms and professional exhibition areas. Over the last several years we have expanded the number, depth and quality of art classes and instructors - which are tailored to a wide range of ages and skill levels. Workshops from visiting and nationally known artists are a significant part of our programs, as well as exhibitions, lectures and events that promote awareness of fine art. 

The New Mexico Art League is committed to offering access and equal opportunities to everyone whether they be models, administrators, instructors, artists, volunteers or exhibitors. Our facilities are ADA compliant and have served our students over the past 45+ years. We strive to uphold similar standards to those outlined by the American Alliance of Museums; “Diversity is all the ways that people are different and the same at the individual and group levels. Even when people appear the same, they are different. Organizational diversity requires examining and questioning the makeup of a group to ensure that multiple perspectives are represented. Equity is the fair and just treatment of all members of a community and  requires commitment to strategic priorities, resources, respect, and civility, as well as ongoing action and assessment of progress toward achieving specified goals. Accessibility is giving equitable access to everyone along the continuum of human ability and experience and refers to how organizations make space for the characteristics that each person brings. Inclusion refers to the intentional, ongoing effort to ensure that diverse individuals fully participate in all aspects of organizational work, including decision-making processes. It also refers to the ways that diverse participants are valued as respected members of an organization and/or community.”

We are committed to the continued education and development of the fine arts in New Mexico and we invite you to come and visit the New Mexico Art League!

Gallery Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday  505-293-5034

3409 Juan Tabo Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111     Map It  

Mailing address: P.O. Box 16554, Albuquerque, NM 87191                              

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