CNM added a statue, named “Growth in Strength”, to the south side of the library, which was revealed on October 10th, said Karen Yank, local sculptor.
The purpose was to commemorate CNM’s 50th anniversary but due to budgetary delays, she wasn’t able to have the project done by the exact date, but was able to get it done with in the 50th year, she said.
“I hope in another 50 years they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary right here” said Yank.
Mary Bates-Ulibarri, project director, was pleased with the end result and described the way every angle presents a new harmony and contrast.
According to Yank, the focal piece of the sculpture represents strength, shown by the inclusion of the Sandia Mountains and resiliency through the robust wild flower growing out of the harsh environment.
This piece stands 20 feet tall and the sculpture itself is made from stainless steel and corten, a type of steel that has a corrosion resistant patina, she said.
The seats that get direct sunlight are made with aluminum and the shadier seats are made with steel, she said.
A plaque will be added with a QR code that will direct viewers to an informative video, she said.
She was able to use her time here to help student artists by giving them advice on presenting their portfolios as well as inviting them to the multiple stages of the project, she said.
“Twenty-Five years in Albuquerque has not only given me a unique perspective on CNM, but has also influenced my work all over the city,” she said.
She has done projects for Coors/I-40, UNMH and is working on projects for a safety house in Los Cruces as well as the Vista Grande community center, she said.
CNM offers many different clubs. However, with a student body of over 25,000 students it can be difficult to stay in the loop.
Not all of the clubs that are available at CNM are listed on the CNM website so we at the Chronicle researched to find new clubs that students might not be aware of.
Listed below is a list of CNM clubs accepting members this semester.
Club: Sunflare Photography Club
When and where: From 3:00pm-5:00pm on most Fridays at 4501 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 unless stated otherwise. Club meetings are announced via Facebook and email.
Club activities: The club goes to different locations such as Oldtown, Downtown Albuquerque, and the Bio Park to take photos. Sometimes they go out to eat and visit photo galleries, said club president, Hannah Choy.
Why students should join: “Students should join because our club is a good place to learn and practice photography skills, to make more experiences to put on resumes, to learn teamwork, to get networking opportunities, to gain leadership and to have lots of fun,” Choy said.
Contact information: Students interested in joining can contact Hannah Choy at email@example.com.
Club: Executive Council of Students (Student Government)
When and where: 4:00pm-6:00pm on Fridays at the ECOS office, BT3-b. (The portables near Trio and Taxhelp in the bookstore parking lot).
Club activities: The Executive Council of Students goals are to increase CNM’s sense community, provide opportunities for CNM students, provide fair representation of all students and bring those issues to the CNM administration, and to help distribute information about CNM to the students, said Council President, Jimmy Thompson.
Thompson is also hoping to provoke enough interest to support a CNMpics (CNM olympics) to host a series of events that are athletic, fun and all inclusive, he said.
Why students should join: Students should join because it not only increases one’s sense of community at CNM but it ensures a sense of community for everyone, Thompson said.
“ECOS works to represent the entire student body, no matter how small or diverse a population may be. The greater participation we have will result in a more varied governing body with a more extensive direct outreach to the student body and all persons on campus in general,” he said.
Contact information: Students who are interested in joining the Executive Council of students ca contact Jimmy Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club: Anthropology Club
When and where: Noon on the first Friday of each month in the Main campus cafeteria. The first meeting of the semester will be on Friday, October 6th.
Club activities: In the past the Anthropology club has held Meet & Greet events, participated in the Westside Fall Festival and College Days, attended conferences, organized field trips and demonstrations, created campus displays, held fundraisers, and provided community service, said Sue Ruth, Anthropology instructor.
Why students should join: “Students should join if they have an interest in anthropology and want to get more involved at CNM”, Ruth said.
Contact information: Students interested in joining can contact Sue Ruth at email@example.com.
Students can also visit the CNM Anthropology Facebook page and click the “join group” button to get updates on events related to the club.
Club: Phi Theta Kappa
When and where: The upcoming general meeting is scheduled to take place on October 17. The upcoming officer meeting is scheduled to take place on October 4th at 2:00pm. PTK members also volunteer with East Gate Church food pantry on the first Saturday of every month.
Why students should join: The benefits of being a PTK member include; being able to apply for transfer scholarships and academic scholarships in their majors, having an opportunity to participate and lead community service initiatives, having the opportunity to fulfill leadership positions, and being able to study topics which relate to local community and how it relates to the student’s own personal professional life.
Contact information: For more information, students can contact the public relation officer Frozan Popal at firstname.lastname@example.org or the PTK student’s president Brittiana Padilla at email@example.com.
Club: Art Club
When and where: 4:30pm every Friday in room N12 on Main Campus
Club activities: We host workshops centering on various mediums and practices of art, anything from figure drawing to linocut printmaking, said the art club president Jennifer Woehrle.
Why students should join: Students should join if they are interested in art, or just in learning something new, Woehrle said.
Contact information: Students can join by showing up on a day that the club meets or they can email the art club president Jennifer Woehrle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the art club vice president Carolina Kessler-Cocina email@example.com.
If these clubs don’t interest you, check out our summer club story here or check out the list of clubs on the CNM website.
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Albuquerque artist Cody Saint Arnold is wrapping up his first CNM art show at the Library on main campus, his art can still be found around town.
In addition to his frequent shows around the city and state, Cody has a regular booth at the Rail Yards market and offers many of his designs for sale on his website he said.
Cody’s artwork includes influences from his traditional Native American heritage and the skate rock culture he so enjoys, Cody said.
Cody’s top selling print is a print showing the rail yards and a vintage train locomotive with the line “Your Heart Lies Southwest” he said
“It seems to speak to people, they really like it in teal” he said.
Cody offers over 60 different original prints on multiple mediums including traditional paper prints, t-shirts, posters and cards, he said.
“Art should be affordable” Cody said.
Prices for prints start at $10 and go up to around $100, he said.
Growing up Cody said his family had great artistic traditions, his father was rooted in science as a doctor but every night after dinner was eaten and homework completed they would sit down as a family and draw, sketch, and paint.
Cody went to the University of Colorado Boulder, originally for a non-arts degree, in 2010 he enrolled in a screen printing class and he found his calling, he said.
As soon as his show at CNM wraps he will be working on upcoming shows including the UNM holiday market on October 29, Cody said.
This past May Cody made the transition to being a full time artist with his entire income coming from the sales of his art work, he said.
Now that Cody is working full time on his art he plans to branch out and offer original paintings as well as his prints, Cody said.
Most of his prints take 3-5 weeks from conceptualization to a finished product, he said.
His methods have changed over the years, today he creates most of his original designs on his tablet then transfers the negative image to a silk screen for the printing, he said.
MERIDIAE (pronounced muh-rid-ee-ay) is the name of the artwork being displayed in the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History’s Grand Lobby and created by CNM art teacher Lea Anderson.
Anderson was invited by the museum’s curator Andrew Connors to serve as the 2015 Summer Artist-in-Residence, which according to Anderson, was an incredible honor for her.
“The curator trusted her to do anything she wanted with the space, which was exciting because it is a rare opportunity to be able to create artwork somewhere other than the conventional canvas or piece of paper,” Anderson said.
This made her think outside the box and think about how to make the space work for her, she said.
The lobby has a lot of interesting architecture and nook & cranny type spaces, but what really made an impression on her was the window which she described as dramatic and a good focal point, she said.
The window really made her think about how it represents a connection between the millions of ideas inside of the museum and the millions of ideas just outside of the museum, she said.
“The connection between where we are at any one particular time and the outside is represented symbolically with the window being the channel of connection between this world and that world,” she said.
This is when she had to really think about how she was going to visually represent all those ideas being shared and connected, Anderson said.
She began work in June 2015 with a previous piece of artwork she had made, she said.
According to Anderson, it is a small piece with about 100 little circles with all types of different designs in them.
She took a picture of the artwork and enlarged it to serve as a model; a visualization of her idea of connection, she said.
Anderson enlarged the photograph to 20 feet and laid the grid of widows in the lobby over the photograph, she said.
She noticed the circular shape with the grid began to look like a globe or a map with the lines of latitude, longitude, and the equator which fit because she thought of the original piece as being many worlds within a huge world in a symbolic sense, she said.
Upon researching globes and maps she came across the word meridian, which is a circle of constant longitude passing through a given place on the earth’s surface, she said.
Anderson said of MERIDIAE that it could be a slice of many worlds that suddenly materialize and the connections become visible.
She said she did not like the plural word for meridian, so she made up the word meridiae.
It has no other meaning, the word does not exist, Anderson said.
She thought the word was interesting because it sounds like a spiritual name and a scientific name at the same time, she stated.
Anderson said she likes to think in relation to the piece as the window being the surface of a painting and what is behind the painting is suddenly visible as well.
“You can see beyond just the painting, you can see what really went into it and get a sense of the personality of the artist,” she said.
MERIDIAE was installed in 15 days after working for 7 hours per day at the museum and spending hundreds of hours on the computer, she said.
She related this experience to a runner who is training for a marathon and then actually runs the marathon – this was her marathon, she said.
MERIDIAE was compiled using the original photograph as the little shapes inside, suggesting that everything in life is interconnected, she said.
Anderson said the inspiration for the colors she chose to use were taken from the architectural elements of the beams in the windows.
Below the big beam in the middle she chose to use blue or any variations of blue possible, she said.
Representing water, someone’s subconscious, the underworld, or just another place, she said.
Above the beam, it is multicolored, which can suggest flowers or the emergence of life, Anderson said.
The beauty of it is that it is not meant to have just one specific interpretation, it is important for it to be easy for people to come up with their own interpretations, she said.
According to Anderson, there are many factors to consider when doing an installation artwork piece: what materials should be used, how the light will affect the art work, how the people will interact with it, how long it can last, and the possibility of it breaking.
The material that was used is a thick acetate type of plastic and a giant flat-bed printer from Albuquerque Reprographics (ARI) to print the images onto the plastic, Anderson said.
Highly pigmented ink intended to be light fast was used for the color, it is the same material used on signs meant to hang in windows to ensure there would be no fading, she said.
Anderson said each shape was cut-out individually with the help of her former intern and former CNM student Jesse Garcia and others.
Although she used technology for the piece, there is still the process of real hand-made work, she said.
After cutting out all the pieces by hand, Anderson said she glued each piece on herself ensuring everything was in place.
Anderson said she is not sure if touch-ups will be needed, as she thoroughly tested the material, but is willing to touch it up if necessary.
As she glued the last piece on and took a step back to take a look she was really excited, but surprised at how big it actually turned out, she said.
The thing that excites her the most is seeing how other people interact with MERIDIAE, she said.
Anderson strongly suggests students visit Albuquerque’s Museum of Art and History, not only to experience MERIDIAE for themselves, but because the curator of the museum puts a lot of effort into catering to the likes of Albuquerque’s residents, she said.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The museum is closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, according to albuquerquemuseum.org.
General museum admission is free every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month (fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times).
Otherwise, general admission tickets for N.M. residents are $2 for seniors, $3 for adults (19-64), $3 for teens (13-18) and $1 for children (4-12).