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.
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!