Artwork now graces campus
State program enables Luna to feature variety of creative efforts
By Dave Kavanaugh
Luna Community College
The Luna main campus has been beautified not only through the hard work of its facilities employees and contractors, but also through the addition of more than a dozen pieces of artwork in various media.
The art, which includes sculpture, paintings and prints, is on display throughout the campus. It is part of the Art In Public Places program overseen by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Matthew Cordova, Luna’s facilities director, has worked with the program to bring the creative works to campus.
“I think this program is a pretty good thing,” Cordova said. “It allows the school to showcase New Mexico artists, and it improves the appearance of the campus, whether the artwork is inside or outside a building.”
The program has been available to public institutions that receive state capital outlay funding, with 1 percent of fund awards directed toward purchases of artwork for the public to enjoy.
At Luna, the first piece, a sculpture titled “Xeriscape Bush,” by Suzanne Kane, was the first to grace the campus. It was placed in the walkway in front of the Samuel F. Vigil Learning Resource Center.
The most recent addition is also a sculpture, “Dancing on the Stairs,” by Kendra Fleischman, situated in front of the Media Education Center. Installation took place Sept. 17.
The following are Luna’s Art in Public Places featured exhibits:
Blue Main Sequence,” a multimedia, three-dimensional construction with aluminum and oil on canvas by Dana Kleinman, on display in the Media Education Center atrium
The Citadel,” an acrylic painting by Daniel Brown, hanging on the Café de Luna’s north wall
Dancing on the Stairs,” a 2008 bronze sculpture by Kendra Fleischman, in front of the Media Education Center
Hondo 3,” a 2017 painting by Alan Paine Radebaugh, in the Humanities lobby
Snow Squall,” a ceramic diptych by Alexis Kaminsky, in the Student Services Center outside the board room entrance
Walking Rain Road,” an acrylic painting by Daniel Brown, in the Café de Luna
Xeriscape Bush,” a 2018 stoneware-and-steel sculpture by Suzanne Kane, outside the Samuel F. Vigil Learning Resource Center