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M. Susan Barger

Berlin and Judith,

I am attaching a PDF of the traveling exhibit that I am shepherding around New Mexico – is is called “Art Across New Mexico” and it is the traveling version of “Its About Time: 14,000 years of New Mexico Art” – a show put up at the New Mexico Museum of Art for the New Mexico Centennial. The big show closes soon, the traveling show has two more venues. In all, there are ten venues for the exhibition and they cover most of the far-reaches of the state and all sorts of buildings – a barn, public libraries, small museums, and a visitor’s center. Recently, at one of the venues, a man said to me – “I hope you don’t mind, I touched a panel because I couldn’t believe that the blanket on it was not real.” The venues have been really pleased at the quality of the exhibit. The New Mexico Humanities Council was the primary funder for the exhibit. I think that about 4,500 people have seen the exhibit so far.

Each of these panels is printed on outdoor vinyl and they cost about $100-150 for each panel. The panels are 48″ X 7′. The stands are standard hardware for trade show exhibits. It was made, as I said, so that I could take it from place to place and so that it could be put up by one person if needed. The panels roll up and I have three tubes to hold the rolled up panels and a few duffle bags for the hardware. I can put everything into the back of a rental car – the folks at Enterprise now know what I need and are very accommodating after my monthly rentals this past year.

We have had MoMS exhibits here and they have been very popular except for the work to take them place to place. A couple of the museums have asked if they can borrow the idea to make exhibit backgrounds and to make smaller exhibits for the community.

I can also post the abbreviated facilities report that I made about 10 years for traveling exhibits going to small museums from the State museums. I’ll do that later. I am also posting images of the installation in the Tucumcari Museum Barn, in the Gallup Public Library, and at the Eastern New Mexico University Library Gallery to give you an idea of how the exhibit looked in various places.

I hope this helps.