"Northern New Mexico is one of America's premier locations for artistic activity, and has been for over a century. Santa Fe is a mecca for collectors, Taos is an historic cradle of innovation and artistic community, and the landscape all around - geological and anthropological - provides one of the most aesthetically inspiring environments in the world. What the world doesn't yet know, however, is that Albuquerque, the region's urban hub, is also its new artistic heart. A center of education (UNM's art department has been one of America's most vibrant for decades) and transportation, Albuquerque has become the new locus for artists themselves, providing affordable space, reasonable employment, ready access to the wider world, and a growing sense of community with other artists and art people. Tomorrow's artists are at work in today's Albuquerque."
- Peter Frank, Associate Editor of Fabrik magazine & art critic for The Huffington Post
"I would imagine that no two people mean the same thing when they are referring to the art of the middle Rio Grande Valley. That's what I like about the [On The Map] project. It brings out all the many types-art that carries on ancient traditions or shocks with the new, art that promotes spirituality or political positions, the sophisticated, the decorative and all points in between. My favorites are the works that generate friction between types. That's where sparks fly."
-Libby Lumpkin, renowned art historian, critic and professor