SANTA FE, N.M. — For those who think of Santa Fe first when it comes to New Mexico art, “On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art and Design” aims to introduce visitors to an avalanche in Albuquerque.
The expansive collaboration includes more than 20 galleries, institutions and museums.
“Our point is to highlight the wealth of quality work and rich history of Albuquerque art,” said 516 ARTS director and “On the Map” organizer Suzanne Sbarge.
For a city that has never defined itself through the arts, the scope and variety is startling. The wine industry, wool processing, transportation, the University of New Mexico, health care and the military-industrial complex have long overshadowed the arts.
But they also created a haven for creative expression through cutting edge technology and transportation access. Artists could find both jobs and cheap rents. Ironically, the limited local market created artists who were rarely tempted to cater to the commercial market.