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Decade Reception

An Artful Anniversary

Chaz Bojorquez
Painting by Chaz Bojorquez

Rub elbows with local, national and international artists doing big things in the art world at the reception for 516 Arts’ DECADE opening reception. The show revisits the work of some of the thousands of artists who have exhibited at 516 in the last 10 years—including Jessica Angel from Colombia whose immersive large-scale works disorient and amaze, Chip Thomas, whose wheat paste murals add a different texture to the landscapes of the Navajo Nation, and Santa Fe artist Tom Joyce, whose large-scale works are studies of both process and form. The opening—with music from Le Chat Lunatique and food from Slate Street Café—runs from 6-8pm on Saturday, Oct. 15, and is totally free. (Maggie Grimason)

Saturday Oct 15, 2016

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516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 242-1445
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A group exhibition that draws from the diverse local, national and international artists that have been featured at the renowned gallery since their original opening.

October 15, 2016 – January 7, 2017


Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 ARTS

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-8pm


Music by Le Chat Lunatique


Food provided by Slate Street Café



Member Preview & Artist Talks, 5-6pm

In celebration of our 10th anniversary, 516 ARTS presents DECADE, a group exhibition and series of off-site projects that draw from the diverse local, national and international artists we have worked with since we opened. 516 ARTS is a hub for world-class contemporary art in Albuquerque and New Mexico as well as a beacon for the arts in the Downtown revitalization process. This exhibition explores a wide variety of themes and practices that 516 ARTS has explored since its inception including environmental/land-based art, street art, new media art that intersects with science and technology, public art and socially engaged projects. 

The site-specific projects around the city are points of access to contemporary art that connect back to the exhibition at 516 ARTS and Downtown. By bringing 516 ARTS out to other parts of the city, this exhibition spreads awareness about the urban core and its connectivity to the rest of the city. 

In her catalog essay for the inaugural 2006 exhibition at 516 ARTS titled GREEN, writer Sharyn R. Udall wrote,“Even as 516 ARTS helps to raise the presence of the arts in Downtown Albuquerque, it will be judged ultimately not on where it lives, but what it does….as it comes of age, it promises to access and interpret New Mexico’s artistic riches in unprecedented ways, functioning as a portal, right in our midst, to the extraordinary. The old neighborhood will never be the same.” 

Reflecting back on the decade involving over 1,000 artists presented in over 150 exhibitions and public programs, 516 ARTS has become synonymous with a fertile and inspiring source for cutting edge, contemporary art discourse that bridges the local, national and global spheres. 




Jessica Angel (Colombia)                      David Leigh (New Mexico)  


Leticia Bajuyo (Indiana)                        Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo/Española, New Mexico)


BioCultura (New Mexico)                      Aaron Noble (California) 


Michael Berman (New Mexico)           Patrick Nagatani (New Mexico)


Erika Blumenfeld (Texas)                     Lisa Nevada (New Mexico)


Adrian Esparza (Texas)                         Chip Thomas (Navajo Nation)


Tom Joyce (New Mexico)                      Floyd Tunson (Colorado)

Catalog essay by Lucy Lippard, renowned author, curator, activist and critic. 


In addition to the exhibition featuring the above artists in the gallery, 516 ARTS presents the following off-site projects spanning all quadrants of the city: 

• jetsonorama Mural & Dance Tours 


Visual and performing arts come together with the environment and climate change issues in this collaboration between photographic wheatpaste muralist by Chip Thomas (aka “jetsonorama”) and choreographer/dancer Lisa Nevada at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, 7851 2nd St. SW (South Valley). 

• The ‘T’ House by Biocultura 


Biocultura (Andrea Polli and collaborator John Donalds) are creating The ‘T’ House, an interactive, environmental art and technology installation inspired by a traditional teahouse on the grounds of Farm & Table Restaurant, 8917 4th St. NW (North Valley). 

Amplitude II by Leticia Bajuyo 


Guest artist Leticia Bajuyo is building a monumental horn sculpture made from recycled CD’s in the glass atrium in the lobby of the Tony Hillerman Public Library, 8205 Apache Ave. NE (Northeast Heights). 

• Mural by Aaron Noble 


Guest muralist Aaron Noble is creating a mural in his unique style blending comic, collage and abstraction on the prominent, glassed in wall of Tamarind Institute, 2500 Central Ave. SE (Southeast/UNM). 

• Imperial Building Mural 


While the above projects are all temporary projects for DECADE, a new, long-term public art mural will be created this fall by a past 516 ARTS artist to be selected from call for proposals in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program. The site is the new Downtown grocery store, 205 Silver Ave. SW (Downtown).