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“Gallery One” Makes its Debut, and You’re Invited

Come Celebrate New Art Gallery and Public Facing Offices at City Hall.
December 22, 2023

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Arts & Culture and the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division are inviting you to celebrate the grand opening of your new City Hall art gallery – Gallery One – and City Hall Public Art open house on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 5-8 p.m.

The public gallery space and expanded offices for the growing Public Art staff, took more than five years to realize. The new ‘experiential,’ non-commercial City Hall gallery space creates new audiences, expands more exhibition opportunities for artists, and gives city employees and the public the opportunity to learn about the intersection of government, art, and community.

“Public art elevates the space it occupies, enriching everyone who engages with it,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Opening a public art gallery right here in City Hall reminds us that there’s always opportunity to add more beauty and creativity to the world.”

The inaugural exhibition, “A Day in the Life II” focuses on the work that city employees do to make a difference in Albuquerque. Seven Albuquerque artists Max Woltman, Sean Wright, Angel Gil Lopez, Jessica Lozoya, Adrian Martin, Jessica Roybal, and Pico del Hierro-Villa were paired with seven city departments. Each photographer sought to reveal the human side of government and answer the question: What does it take to make change happen for people who count on the city to work and what role do we all play in improving our Quality of Life? “A Day in the Life II” will be on view through March 8, 2024.

“Our goals are to showcase primarily local artists who are looking to be part of a unique space,” said Sherri Brueggemann, Public Art Division manager. “The Public Art team envisions exhibits as well as workshops that engage the public, employees, and most importantly artists.”

The grand opening of Gallery One will also include a City Hall Public Art Open House of all available floors and Public Art offices on January 5 from 5-8 p.m.

Learn more about Gallery One here. Learn more about the Public Art Urban Enhancement Division here.