This year, gallupARTS received a $30,000 Digital Projects for the Public “Discovery” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant is funding the planning of a virtual art exhibit featuring Gallup’s collection of 144 New Deal/Works Progress Administration (WPA) artworks, one of the largest such collections in the State.

Currently, Gallup’s collection of New Deal architecture, Spanish Colonial-style tinwork, oak furniture, murals, prints, western American paintings, and Native art is housed in five different locations which are not all publicly accessible. Through a multi-faceted, interpretive website, gallupARTS hopes to restore the legacy of the New Deal, unifying the collection, making it widely available as an unparalleled artistic and historical resource, and using it to promote community building.

The future Gallup New Deal Art website will contain both scholarly information as well as creative content, being designed by experts in collaboration with Gallup’s artists and community members. The following teams, with gallupARTS Executive Director Rose Eason serving as Project Director, are working together to develop the website: 

Humanities Advisers:

– Ms. Carolyn Milligan, M.F.A. – This grant builds on the decade of work Ms. Milligan did to archive Gallup’s WPA collection and conserve and curate the County’s portion of the collection. 

– Dr. Molly Medakovich, Ph. D. – Teaching Specialist for the Denver Art Museum, Affiliate Faculty at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

– Micaela Seidel, M.F.A & M.A. – Community arts educator, curator, writer and editor

– Dr. Andrew Connors, Ph.D – Director of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

– Ms. Kathy Flynn, M.S. – Self-titled “New Deal Lead Detective” for New Mexico

– Mr. Martin Link – Archaeologist and historian

– Ms. Allison Johnson – M.A. Candidate in Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico and LOOM Gallery Co-Chair

– Ms. Carol Sarath, M.L.S – Secretary of the gallupARTS Board of Directors and freelance researcher and writer

Digital Media Team:

– Media Tonic:

+ Danielle Reilly Weed (Founder/CEO)

+ Leila Johnson (Web Project Manager)

+ Brett Johnson (Business Analyst and Web Development Lead)

– Ms. Tammi Moe, M.I.L.S. – Interim Director, Octavia Fellin Public Library

– Ms. Suzanne Hammons – President of the gallupARTS Board of Directors and freelance web designer

– Carolyn Milligan

Get a taste of Gallup’s New Deal Art Collection: 

A note on the project logo:  The title, “Gallup New Deal Art,” is self-explanatory. The tagline, “History in the Making,” is a play on words with a double-meaning. It refers to the fact that the artworks in the collection were made during the historical period of the New Deal and that, of course, they bear the weight of history. It also speaks to the project’s ethos that the artworks are living and breathing creations that continue to be meaningful and instructive.

Likewise, the logo design indicates the project’s goal to promote the historical value of Gallup’s New Deal art collection at the same time as advancing its contemporary significance. The image is a abstract take on the classic thunderbird, referencing the National Recovery Administration’s bald eagle logo and putting a Southwestern, modern spin on it.