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The ARTSPACE Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition​

Curated by William Peterson

Former Editor and Publisher


July 8 - 30, 2016

Gala Opening: July 8, 5 - 8 pm

Panel Discussion: Saturday, July 9, 1 pm

Artists included in the exhibit:

Nick Abdalla     

Jane Abrams    

Russell Adams    

Garo Antreasian  

Timothy App     

Terry Conway    

Andrew Dasberg    

Constance deJong               

Allan Graham     

Gloria Graham     

Ellen Feinberg     

Richard Hogan

Luis Jimenez    

Carl Johansen     

Aaron Karp     

Susan Linnell     

Reg Loving    

Bruce Lowney     

Felice Lucero     

Lucy Maki     

Eugene Newman    

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith     

Gail & Zachariah Rieke     

Ken Saville     

Sam Scott     

Richard Thompson     

Greg Tucker

Jim Waid     

Harold Joe Waldrum     

John Wenger     

Emmi Whitehorse

We extend our thanks to the Albuquerque Museum and to the many New Mexico collectors, who have graciously loaned artworks for this exhibition.

Celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of 

ARTSPACE Magazine in Albuquerque, New Mexico

ARTSPACE was one of the best, and critically influential Art magazines in the country from its beginning in Albuquerque in 1976, and continuing in Los Angeles through 1996.

ARTSPACE’s 20 years of writing and critical essays are still some of the finest ever produced on contemporary art in our region. The first ten years focused on New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

William Peterson's direction as the ARTSPACE editor and publisher was crucial in making our New Mexico contemporary art community what it is today. The purpose of the exhibition is to acknowledge the vitality of a creative community that gave impetus for founding an informed critical journal in July 1976. ARTSPACE provided insight and documentation, and widely disseminated discussion of the community's accomplishments.

Artworks included in the show are pieces that were written about in ARTSPACE magazine during its first 10 years from 1976-1986. Many of these works have not been publicly displayed since they were collected over 40 years ago. The show celebrates the vitality and creative expression of our New Mexico art community which, as the magazine showcased for the first 10 years, is second to none. EXHIBIT/208 is home to many of our local Albuquerque artists, whose careers began on the pages of this incredible magazine. Along with ARTSPACE, we celebrate the community of talented artists who live and work in this great city; for many, their roots and the history of contemporary art were honored on the pages of this historic magazine.

EXHIBIT/208 has assembled works from private collections and public institutions to produce an exhibit recounting the impact and history of this influential publication. ARTSPACE was intrinsic to cultivating the definition of Contemporary Art, and to highlighting and establishing the careers of respected artists of this region. Its legacy of showcasing critically acclaimed Contemporary Art from the Southwest for 20 years has proven influential to the contemporary art scene that exists today. Through this exhibition, we acknowledge the tremendous contribution ARTSPACE provided to our community, then and now.