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Las Cruces artist Coy Lowther is city’s first ‘ACD Icon’


Las Cruces artist Coy Lowther has been chosen as the city’s first Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District (ACD) Icon for 2023.

Over the last three years, ACD has celebrated the unique makers, creators and artists who live and work in the district through a video spotlight program, “Artists in Residence,” now called ACD Icons, Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (DLCP) said in a news release.

Through ACD Icons, the district “will showcase and promote businesses and artists from various sectors of the creative economy, spotlighting six artists/creators who exemplify the district’s tagline: “Authentically Southern New Mexico,” the news release said.

“One of my favorite aspects of the program is getting to know the wide array of creators and makers in the district and being able to celebrate the depth and breadth of creativity and creatives in the ACD,” ACD Director Susan Cabello said.

Lowther, a native Las Crucen, is a weekly vendor at Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces. Her work is displayed at Woody’s Gift Gallery, 309 E. Organ Ave., and Indulgence Bakery and Café, 2265 S. Main St.

Lowther has created murals at COAS Books, Boneyard Cantina and Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, all located on Main Street downtown, within ACD.

Lowther was among artists participating in DLCP’s Ventanas Vivas downtown business windows decorating program and was one of six Las Cruces artists and 27 artists statewide chosen to create illustrations for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ 2022 New Mexico-themed activity book.

“I would just like to add how grateful I am for this honor and opportunity,” Lowther told the Las Cruces Bulletin. “I would like to thank my family for all their love and support and also thank Susan and (DLCP Executive Director) Jennifer (Garcia Kozlowski) and the great people running businesses downtown along with all of its supporters. Without those outstanding connections this city would be a duller place. Thanks to the community making it even brighter,” Lowther said.

Visit www.downtownlascruces.org and @DowntownLasCruces on Facebook and Instagram, and @coylynnlowther on Instagram.