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27th Annual ArtsThrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit opens October 21 with a Gala evening at Albuquerque Museum

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The 27th annual ArtsThrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit (formerly known as Miniatures & More) is a 6-week invitational exhibition held at the Albuquerque Museum. Proceeds from art sales and sponsorships provide valuable funding for the Museum’s educational programs for children and families, Museum exhibition support, and acquisitions. Over 100 participating artists also receive a percentage of their art sales, while gaining exceptional exposure to art collectors, gallery owners, and art lovers alike.

“Exciting new artists are selected each year along with nationally and internationally known artists, displaying a wide range in almost every medium and genre,” said Albuquerque Museum Foundation board member and ArtsThrive committee chair Garrett Smith. “This juried and curated exhibit allows you to purchase works of art for your collection at home or business.”

Albuquerque Museum’s Curator of Art Andrew Connors said “Contemporary, experimental works by both established and emerging artists combined with more traditional representational painters and sculptors makes this exhibition an ongoing opportunity to introduce ourselves to work beyond any one genre.”

“The intimate size of most of the works allows a large number of voices to express themselves in the gallery, and cross talk amongst these languages always provides a number of provocative juxtapositions. Most exhibitions at the Museum are developed from a particular point of view, stylistic tradition, or aesthetic motivation, but ArtsThrive cuts across as many of these barriers as possible, always introducing something new and unexpected.” Museum Members can hear more insight from Connors at the Members Meet ArtsThrive lecture on November 14.

ArtsThrive: Art Exhibition & Benefit opens to the general public Sunday, October 22. Artwork may be purchased through the Museum Store any time during the run of the exhibition. For more information about the exhibition and related events, go to

Thursday, October 19, 6 – 7 p.m.
Nagatani Book Signing
New Mexico-based photographer Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani has worked as a photographer and artist since the 1970s. A long-time Miniatures & More artist and a featured artist in this year’s ArtsThrive, Nagatani will sign copies of his recently published novel The Race: Tales in Flight.

Saturday, October 21, 6 – 9 p.m.
ArtsThrive GALA – Tickets available now! 
The ArtsThrive Gala offers guests the opportunity to meet the artists and drop bids on over 250 works before the exhibition opens to the general public. Host bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by Taste Boutique Catering. Tickets: $85

Thursday, November 14, 5 – 7 p.m.
Members Meet ArtsThrive
Albuquerque Museum Members Only: Members can enjoy a champagne reception with the artists in the ArtsThrive gallery. Curator of Art Andrew Connors will talk about some of the amazing participating artists, their artwork, and the importance of this fundraiser for the Museum and the arts community. This event is held in conjunction with New York, New York, a 3rd Thursday event. Become a member today for this amazing benefit by calling 505-842-0111.

By Appointment Only
Private Guided Tours / Artist Studio Tours
Collectors and contemporary art enthusiasts can call to make an appointment for a guided tour through the gallery during museum hours. If you are a collector who is interested in seeing more work from an artist, we can facilitate a studio visit subject to the artist’s availability. For more information about tours, call Karanina Madden-Krall at 505.842.0111 or email [email protected]

Jack Boglioli, Debra Colonna Huser

Large Format Artists: Lee Andre, Claudia Baragiola, Charlie Burk, Sally Condon, Karsten Creightney,
Erin Currier, Christian Gallegos, Mark Horst, Robert J. Kuester, Patrick Nagatani, Paula Roland

Small Format 2-D Artists: Donna L. Aldrich, Seth Anderson, Maude Andrade, Lee Andre, David Antreasian, Jo Antreasian, Philip V. Augustin, Martha Rea Baker, Angela Berkson, Tom Blazier, Linda Brown, Michael Budden, Steven Bundy , Charlie Burk, Patrick Carr, Jennifer Cavan, Jill Christian, Bri Marie Cimino, Rebecca  S. Cohen, Barbara Coleman, Sally Condon, Ben Dallas, Fernando Delgado, Cindy Dominguez, Sara Drower, Dick Evans, John Fleming, Joann Francomano & James R. Cole II, Christian Gallegos, Maria Cay Garcia, Gregory Gibbons, Kirk Gittings, Cheryl Godin, Damien Gonzales, Edward Gonzales, Anne Hirsh Greene, Scott Greene, LaVerne Harper, William Haskell, Michael Hudock, Katherine Irish, Betsy James, Evey Jones, Alexis Kaminsky, Aaron Karp, Vasili Katakis, Kevin Kehoe, Debra Keirce, Robert J. Kuester, Scott Alan Kuykendall, Ted Laredo, Marietta Patricia Leis, Ellen Leitner, Orlando Leyba, Dennis Liberty, Joseph Lopez, Krissa Lopez, Leon Loughridge, Brandon Maldonado, Zahra H. Marwan, Corinne McAuley, Tom Murray, Christopher Owen Nelson, Rebecca Nolda, Emi Ozawa, Scott W. Parker, Paul Pletka, Alan Paine Radebaugh, Manda Remmen, Elizabeth Rickert, Holly Roberts, Rosalyn Roembke, Remy Rotenier, Carol C. Sánchez, Larry Schulte, Suzy Schultz, Sarah Siltala, Sara Smith, Vera Sprunt, Diana Stetson, Mary Sweet, Kevin Tolman, Jan Vanderburg, Hilda Appel Volkin, Margi Weir, David Welch, Juan Wijngaard, Susan J. Zimmerman, and Ed Zorensky

Case and 3-D Artists: Frederica Antonio, Karen Bexfield, Kevin Box, Enrico Embroli & Elodie Holmes, Ed Haddaway, Jami Porter Lara, Felix Lopez, Toby McGee, Michael Naranjo, Sarah A. Nelson, Margy O'Brien, Nicolas Otero, Grace Parliman, Tim Prythero, Linda Mae Tratechaud, and Tom Waldron

Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5 - 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month.

Media inquiries or for more information, call Albuquerque Museum Foundation at (505) 842-0111.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Albuquerque Museum is the cornerstone of Albuquerque’s cultural community and in its short history has had unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of its collections. Located in the heart of Old Town, the Museum maintains a reputation for being one of the leading institutions for art, history and culture in the Southwest. Albuquerque Museum is a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. Located at 19th and Mountain Road NW in Historic Old Town; 505-243-7255 or call 311 locally (NM Relay or 711). Visit our website at           

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