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Grad Student Creates Mural For UNM Library

An earlier work by Robbin Bates, Sonoran Lifecycle II, acrylic on canvas 36x36 inches. 2015

Robbin Bates, an MFA candidate in UNM's Painting and Drawing Program, is working this summer in a skylighted basement space in the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management.  Robbin's design was chosen from a field of student submissions for a new mural in Parish Memorial Library.  The 20"x11" mural will be revealed in a ceremony this September.

The call from UNM Libraries asked for a mural that not only represented New Mexico but would also brighten up a dimly lit area of the Library.  "The work I do is desert-based," says Robbin, and it's also "very colorful and bright -- even though the subject matter can be a little gory, it's still bright and happy in that sense -- so I thought it would fit really well."

Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.