From the lush green fields of the Southwest to the rolling hills of the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico has a rich landscape art tradition that is just as colorful and vibrant today as it was 100 years ago.
Here are 10 things to know about New Mexico landscape art.1.
“I grew up in New Mexico.
I’ve been in the state my whole life.
But when I saw a sign, I thought, ‘I’m going to have to take this seriously.'”—Aldo Dominguez, photographer and landscape artist, and a graduate of the New Mexico Institute of Art.2.
“The state’s beautiful.
It’s like the first city I saw when I was growing up.”—Alexia Mancuso, landscape photographer, and associate professor of landscape architecture and design at Arizona State University.3.
“When you’re out and about in New York City, you can see it for miles.
You have a sense of the city, of the skyline and everything else, just because you’re not in a city that you’ve been to before.”—Kristina Mowbray, landscape architecture student and landscape photographer at the University of New Mexico, where she is a landscape architecture undergraduate.4.
“New Mexico has been very supportive of the arts.
We are an open market.
There’s no censorship, no censorship at all.
I think it’s really a very welcoming state.”—Jessica Vial, landscape architect and landscape design student at New Mexico State University, where Vial is pursuing a master’s degree in landscape architecture.5.
“Every year in September, I get butterflies.
Every year in April, I’m thinking about what I’m going through.”—Julia Vial-Gibson, landscape architectural student and a landscape architect at New Mexican State University and an associate professor at the New York University School of Architecture and Planning.6.
“If you want to be a landscape artist in New America, it’s pretty much a career path that goes like this: you get into architecture, you get a master, and you move on to landscape.
I’m in the latter, but I’m not saying I’m the best one in the world.”—Randy C. Carbonell, landscape landscape architecture professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus and a master of the landscape arts at the Institute of New Mexican Art in Albuquerque.7.
“We have a tradition of having a mural.
In the ’70s, when I started going out to the street to photograph, the city of New Orleans had one.
It was painted by artists and we would take a picture of it.
We had a mural of a baby.
I went to New Orleans and it was a huge hit there.”—Laurie K. Hoeft, landscape artist and co-founder of the Mural Arts of the Rockies Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of landscape and art through a grant program.8.
“My grandmother, who was a painter, she painted the mural of the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
My dad did the same thing when he was growing on the ranch.
And my grandfather did the first of my paintings of people walking down the street.”—Nancy E. Cordero, an art historian at the Albuquerque Museum of Art who was raised in the town of Corder, New York, where her father worked as a landscape painter and where she lived as a child.9.
“It’s a good idea to put some kind of a fence around your house so people can’t come down there and disturb your plants.”—Jodi B. DeWitt, an artist and landscape architecture graduate student at The University of Texas, Austin.10.
“What I like about New Mexicos landscape art is that it’s very dynamic, and it’s a lot of people.
And it’s not just landscape art and urban landscapes, there are a lot more of these types of landscapes.
And there’s a very interesting variety of different types of art.
And they can be very unique.”—Joanne O’Donnell, a landscape art student at the School of Art and Design of the University at Buffalo, and assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the American Institute of Architects.