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Opens October 15, 2016
In celebration of our 10th anniversary, 516 ARTS presents DECADE, a group exhibition and series of off-site projects that draw from the diverse local, national and international artists we have worked with since we opened. This exhibition explores a wide variety of themes and practices that 516 ARTS has explored since its inception.
October 4-30, 2016
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Through October 30, 2016
Come to the Rail Yards Market every Sunday for food, art, music and community. Set in Downtown Albuquerque's Rail Yards enjoy local artisans, growers and musicians.
Through November 5, 2016
Día de los Muertos is a folk tradition reflecting the folkways and folklore of Mexico and the identity of its people. At the core Día de los Muertos traditions and rituals retain the primary mission of honoring, remembering and celebrating the life of all those who have come before us.
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Event Details
  • Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm
  • Recurrence: Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, free for children under 16, Free admission on Sundays

  • Location: National Hispanic Cultural Center

  • 1701 Fourth St. S.W., Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Phone: 505-246-2261
  • Event Website

Exhibition: The Art of Acquisition-New New Mexican Works

How do museums acquire their collections? What makes an artwork, or an artist, worthy of collecting? These are questions museums face every day and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum is no exception.

"The Art of Acquisition: New New Mexican Works at the NHCC" features art works that have been collected and added to the museum's permanent collection over the last five years. All of the pieces featured in this exhibition are by New Mexican artists or artists living in New Mexico, and their work is displayed in the NHCC Community Gallery which is designed to showcase the artistic contributions of the local community. These acquisitions, like the majority of the NHCC Art Museum permanent collection, were given by artists and collectors and the museum would not be what it is today without the support of our generous donors.

Accepting a donation is serious business and the NHCC Art museum has a rigorous process of approval before an object can become a part of the museum's permanent collection. An object is first reviewed by the museum director and curatorial staff. It is then presented to the NHCC Art Museum's Collections Committee which is composed of art experts, collectors, and artists from throughout New Mexico. When an object is approved by the committee, the Director of the NHCC Art Museum and Visual Arts Program presents the piece at the NHCC Board of Directors Meeting for Board approval. Only upon the Board's approval does the object become a part of the NHCC Art Museum's permanent collection. This process ensures that the NHCC Art Museum is the proper home for every object we acquire and it all begins with our donors and their affection for this museum.

In the last five years, the NHCC's Art Museum collection has grown- in fact doubled its size- through donations from communities and collectors. Very few objects are purchased because our acquisitions purchase fund has yet to be fully developed. An acquisitions fund for the permanent collection would enable the NHCC Art Museum curators to target significant works by important artists for the collection. We would be able to pay artists directly, so that they would receive the full value for their visual creations. Doing this would allow museum staff to continue to foster a supportive community interaction as well as follow best practices for museum curatorship and collection stewardship.

While we hope to grow the acquisitions fund in the very near future, we recognize the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of those who have helped the collection grow despite financial constraints.