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ABQ RIDE’s Newest Art in Transit Project Highlights Veterans’ Art

Mixed Media Displaying at Bus Shelters from Northeast to Southeast Albuquerque


Selected ABQ RIDE bus shelters in Albuquerque once again are becoming showplaces for community artwork. This time, shelters along Wyoming and Gibson Boulevards will showcase the art of talented military veterans, starting March 9, 2015.

The displays will go into bus shelters along the route of the #31-Wyoming from just south of Montgomery to Trumbull Ave SE (just south of Zuni) and along the route of the #157-Montaño/Uptown/Kirtland. Many of those displays will be around the vicinity of the Raymond G. Murphy/Veterans Administration Medical Center.

“Last July, ABQ RIDE piloted art displays on Central Ave bus shelters that reflected Albuquerque’s diverse neighborhoods,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “For this next display, we want to promote the artistic talent of New Mexico’s military veterans.”

This newest set of art, entitled Art in Transit: Celebrating Veterans, will be placed in shelters during the week of March 9. Most of the art will be in the form of paintings or works of pointillism (paintings of small color dots of color arranged in patterns to form images).

The artists are part of an organization called New Mexico Veterans Art. It’s dedicated to showcasing the talents of veterans, active military or members of military families. For the past 17 years, the NMVA has hosted an art show in November. Now, it is collaborating with ABQ RIDE by providing 13 pieces from six, featured artists:

  • Roy Breckenridge (former Army Ranger and founding member of NMVA)-three pieces
  • Dana Bahe (Army vet and NMVA Board member)-one piece
  • Dawn Chatfield (NMVA Vice President and award-winning mixed media artist)-two pieces
  • Michael Christiana (Army vet and Yale School of Art graduate)-three pieces
  • Mike Coleman (Air Force vet and art teacher on the Jicarilla Reservation)-two pieces
  • Rosario Correa (Army vet, lithographer and NMVA Board member)-two pieces

This is ABQ RIDE’s second Art in Transit exhibit. The goal is to promote public transit through an enhanced rider experience while also showcasing local artistic talent.

A map featuring the locations of the bus shelters with the artwork is now available for download on the ABQ RIDE website. The Art in Transit project will continue to feature unique artwork throughout the year in bus shelters in different neighborhoods.