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Arts Council’s March exhibits, events honor Women’s History Month


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) will celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a group exhibit, “Unfinished Business: Women’s Power of Persistence.” 

“The title of the exhibit reflects a recurring and recognizable trajectory in women’s history: one of great strides and recurrent setbacks, making women’s work “unfinished,” DAAC said in a news release.

The exhibit, which continues at DAAC, 230 S. Water St., through March 29, will be guest curated by Las Cruces artist Mary Diesel.

“The “Unfinished Business” exhibit will feature work by a diverse group of 30 women artists of different ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexuality and gender identities and who work in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, fiber art and installation art,” DAAC said. “Although the majority of the artists reside in Doña Ana County, also exhibiting will be artists from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.”

The exhibit not only celebrates Women’s History Month, it also “highlights the need for more diversity and inclusivity in the art world,” said DAAC Gallery Manager Penny Peace. “Although this exhibit includes only female artists, it is a step toward recognizing all artists who historically have been over-looked, and there are many.”

DAAC will be open extended hours, 5-8 p.m., for First Friday, March 3.

During Women’s History Month, DAAC also will co-host with the Southern New Mexico Women’s Suffrage Alliance a reception and panel discussion recognizing the accomplishments and persistence of five local women, DAAC said. It will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at DAAC, and will be moderated by El Paso reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe, who specializes in the U.S./Mexico border and the American Southwest, the news release said.

DAAC also has is collaborating with Success Partnership to recognize the honorees of the partnership’s project “Desert Heroines - Women Who Tell Our Stories.” These honorees are local women whose work amplifies the voices of marginalized and silenced groups in our communities, DAAC said. A reception for the honorees will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at DAAC.

Contact DAAC Executive Director Araceli Solis at 575-523-6403 and director@daarts.org. For exhibit information and artist opportunities, Contact Peace at gallery@daarts.org.

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