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Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center (AC2)
[AC]2 has been exhibiting cutting-edge contemporary art in Albuquerque since 1995 as a non-profit exhibition venue. In their converted, funky 1,000 sq. ft warehouse they house monthly shows of local and national artists pushing the boundaries of their particular medium. They have worked as home base for experimental artists of the region who center on installation art, conceptual art and mixed media work that challenges the viewer. They have presented over 150 exhibitions, performances, happenings, and screenings within their walls, and collaborated with other arts organizations to get art out on the street.
Noel + Keif spooling celluloid
for Home Movies Day at the Guild.
Basement Films is a non-profit, volunteer run micro-cinema that supports experimental, independent and other under-represented forms of film and video making. Their membership is made up of artists, activists, media makers and “film buffs.” Since 1991, Basement Films has provided a forum for voices not heard in mainstream media, often collaborating with community organizations such as the Harwood Art Center, NM Highlands University, Amy Biehl High School, the Outpost Performance Space, and newly founded 516 Arts Space.
The projection equipment and archive of more than 7,000 industrial and educational films are available for use by artists, filmmakers and the community. The archive consists of films made between the 1950’s and 1970’s which were used to socialize students, train employees and promote a xenophobic world view to citizens around the country. These films are often referred to as “ephemeral” in that they were made with extremely low budgets and were often thought of as disposable. Only recently are these16mm films being saved from landfills and beginning to be recognized for the rich, historic value that they truly represent. Basement Films’ archive is substantial and remarkably intact in this regard; their respect for the significance of these film-recorded histories allows their preservation and opportunity to be shared again with the community.
Center for Southwest Research
The Center for Southwest Research is located in the historic West Wing of Zimmerman Library; the Center is part of the UNM University Libraries. The Center houses Western Americana and New Mexicana library collections, rare books, archives, manuscripts and the research output of affiliated programs. Stop by for a visit at their hard to find books, just remember, only pencils are allowed.
Duke City Shootout
Receiving scripts from many hopefuls, the festival chooses seven each year to produce in Duke City Shootout. First, there is a boot camp where novices and pros are offered a week’s worth of classes in a variety of movie-related disciplines. Then, in one week's time the films are shot and edited by interested ABQ residents and students. These films are presented and judged for best director, actor & actress, camera crew, hardest working volunteer, best film, and the best 24-Hour film. Downtown Albuquerque then serves as the backdrop for an awards ceremony and closing fête. This two-week festival is an effective and active process in keeping students aligned with what is happening outside our university and in the state, offering chance encounters with friends, alumni and academic peers.
Experiments in Cinema
Please visit EiC for more information.
Field and Frame
Field and Frame is a small production house specializing in light and grip packages for video and film production. Video and smaller film format cameras are available for rental, as well as many consumer/professional decks for playback/editing. Linear and non-linear editing equipment and services are also available. Bright video projectors are usually something most filmmakers require to show their work to large audiences, and they have several to choose from. When you're ready to distribute your piece Field & Frame can provide affordable duplication on DVD, VHS or CD-ROM. DVD authoring and Web-ready video capabilities are also available. Visit their website to download their Price List and to find out more about their services.
Fine Arts and Design Library
A branch of the university libraries, the Fine Arts Library houses over 200,000 items including books, periodicals, art exhibition catalogs, music scores, sound recordings, videos, as well as several collections of rare and unique works in the arts. This is all enclosed in the large, luminous fourth floor of the George Pearlman Hall located north of the Bookstore. Additionally, Zimmerman library, just north of the S.U.B., houses most of the theoretical and cross-disciplinary materials we love to call upon.
Established in 1966, the Guild is Albuquerque’s only independently owned movie house. It hosts a variety of international independent films, Film Noir Festivals, and accepts partnerships for weekend long festivals sponsored by local businesses. Additionally, they happily show locally made films for free to the public (with an emphasis on selling fresh popcorn), as well as 16mm film and digital video made by our own faculty and staff. Check out their website for a current listing of films, festivals and show times.
Harwood Art Center
The Harwood is the community outreach program of Escuela del Sol, an independent, non-profit Montessori school founded in 1968. The Harwood is a creative center for community and the arts. Participating at a grassroots level, they work to build a sustainable and more vibrant local, statewide and regional community by using the arts as a catalyst for personal empowerment, cultural enrichment, and as a vehicle for social change. Furthermore, they believe in and support equitable access to the arts and to the benefits that accrue to the citizenry of a democratic society. They offer both spacious and quaint gallery spaces to arts; check out their web site for application details.
John Sommer's Gallery
This student gallery exhibits mostly graduate and honors thesis undergraduate work, but every student is welcome. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Art Building, room 202. Stop by and visit Monday - Friday 8.15 am - 4.45 pm.
ICLS (International Cinema Lecture Series)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our departmental cinema series brings internationally celebrated film makers, video artists, scholars, writers, and many others to our university. These renowned creators present their work, art and ruminations in class visitations, special lectures, and workshops. Some lucid presenters from our past are Natalie Goldberg, Mary Feidt, Caroline Hinkley, and Susan Stryker.
We encourage our students to try their hand at production studios and television stations, especially as Albuquerque is looked being frequented by Hollywood more every month. KNME-TV is an accessible resource affiliated with the university.
Masley Hall Art Gallery
Masley Art Gallery, under the direction of the Art Education faculty, exhibits art for four (4) purposes that reflect various aspects of art education. (1) We invite art education students to show their art to express and enhance their learning. (2) Faculty members exhibit their art works to share their creative research. (3) We invite art teachers, school-age students, and other community members to display their art for special shows to offer opportunities for the university community to experience their art and insights. (4) Finally we organize or host exhibitions to provide knowledge, experiences, and service to the university community regarding contemporary topics in art and art education.Open Monday through Friday, 8am-noon + 1pm-5pm.
New Mexico Film Office
Check out what is happening at the New Mexico Film Office. Check out "Green Filming," as well as their Bulletin Board listing of casting calls, classes, screenings, or try to find what famous person you could see in strolling through Nob Hill.
The PLACE Program is a service learning program that uses community arts practices to develop partnered projects. We believe the engaging nature of the arts offers a vital method of connecting social research to community service. Our mission is to respond to New Mexico's youth, community and economic needs while enriching the artistic and cultural life of our State's communities. Our goal is to mentor art students through service and experiental learning opportunities that prepare UNM art graduates to excel and prosper in a multiplicity of career paths that contribute to New Mexico's creative economies.
Southwest Film Center
Located on the ground level of the Student Union Building, this theater, with the help of ASUMN, brings weekly day-time retreats for students in the form of reduced priced tickets for films. Conversely, Thursday through Sunday there are unique opportunities to view international and/or hard-to-find cinema. These works, along with student creations, are presented in 35mm, 16mm, and digital video.
Please view a selection of student films [HERE].
Cinematic Arts holds an inter-department juried show to showcase each spring; the jury is made up of two faculty members and two students. This gives our students a beginning into the larger art world and allows their work to be publicly validated by peers, mentors, family and friends. Their work is catalogued within our rapid growing collection of amazing students works, that we may use as examples of excellence in future situations and classes.
We offer tours on the first Friday of most months at 1:30 p.m. The tour lasts for approximately 1 1/2 hours and includes information about the history of Tamarind and our current programs, a video on the collaborative process; a tour of our beautiful new building, and a printing demonstration in the workshop. Space is limited, so please reserve your space by calling (505) 277-3901, or send us an e-mail message. There is no charge for the tour.
Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference
The Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium is a celebration of undergraduate work that takes place each year in April. UNM undergraduates from all disciplines are welcome to share their research, papers, inventions and art at the Symposium. The Department of Cinematic Arts holds a unique 1 credit hour class to help our students prepare, meeting once a week for eight weeks to peer-review their work. On the day, we pack the Southwest Film Center as on average twelve students present their work. Each year we have at least three top qualifiers in both the creative and research categories.
University Art Museum (in Center for the Arts)
While offering shows and exhibitions pertinent to the Southwest and the University of New Mexico, it boasts 10,000 photographs, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images, by almost every recognized master of the medium (and also by gifted anonymous photojournalists and amateurs). The print collection contains close to 17,000 examples of the entire history of fine art printmaking. A special emphasis is given to the history of lithography, from its invention (in 1798) to now. Check their web site frequently to learn what exhibits are showing and about their free Tuesday night lectures.
Youth Development, Inc.
Two Cinematic Arts’ alumni’s, Marcos Baca and Brian Beeler, contribute to the continuation of YDI’s after-school program. Founded in 1971, this nationally recognized youth service organization provides an array of educational, developmental and humanitarian assistance to children, youth and families in central and northern New Mexico. YDI’s goal is to work with our community to create and effectively implement a results-based continuum of services assuring that children, youth, and families achieve their full potential. Our department is proud to have Bryan Konefsky represent us within this organization as he works with the program and to give students attainable pathways to academic success today and for the future.