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Department of Visual and Performing Arts

 

Professor David Lobdell, Department Chair
Burris Hall, Room 109 D
505-454-3570/3126 FAX: 505-454-3241
E-mail: dlobdell@nmhu.edu



Mission of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and Performing Art students work alongside artists and community members in an integrated curriculum that supports global citizenship within the context of our local, state and national identities.  Faculty lead in the learning process both in and out of the classroom to inform students in historical, technical and aesthetic applications of material, hands on education.  Arts education leads to a wide variety of occupations addressing the professional artist, musician or theatrical performer.


Faculty

Todd Christensen, MFA (Art)
James Cohen, MFA
Donald Evans, MA (Speech and Theater)
Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, Ph.D. (Music)
Edward Harrington, Ed.D. (Music)
David Lobdell, MFA (Art)
Shereen Lobdell, MA (Art)
Kevin Zoernig, BA (Music)


Resources and Facilities

New Mexico Highlands University provides music studios for audio recording, songwriting, group rehearsal, and individual practice, art studios for ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking, sculpture, and a fully equipped art foundry.

Students in Visual and Performing Arts are joined by other students on campus and by community members in the concert choir, madrigal choir, HU Jazz Singers, wind ensemble, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, and mariachi, as well as four main-stage productions. The gallery at Burris Hall serves as the focal point for artistic work produced through various classes and by professional artists. The Art Club and Music Club are an active part of campus life and work to promote the arts on and off campus.


Visual Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree prepares students for a career in visual art and prepares them to advance academically. A focus on critical thinking and commitment in coursework enables students to become visually literate, technically competent, historically informed, and conceptually relevant.

The program aims to support time honored, fine art mediums, as well as contemporary art forms that merge multiple disciplines, including digital media. Art History informs students of background and traditional content issues in art. The expectation is that students will assimilate this knowledge into their practice. The program provides training in electronic media for documentation and publication purposes, which helps the student gain access to exhibition venues and academic program applications.

Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Art is a Fine Art/Media Art combination designed to address a creative trend in art that combines electronic media with traditional art forms.  This degree applies to those wishing to use multimedia for the sake of expression.  The program creates a bridge between traditional and electronic media beyond the need for documentation and exhibition.

Highlands’ art discipline reserves the right to retain student images submitted for course credit for the purposes of education, exhibition, and promotion. Lab fees are required for all studio courses. Expenses vary from course to course and some supplies are provided from student fees.


Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts

The fine arts and media arts BFA is designed to address a creative trend in art that combines electronic media with traditional media. This degree applies to those wishing to use multimedia for the sake of expression. The program creates a bridge between traditional and electronic media beyond the need for documentation and exhibition.


Music

The Music Program at Highlands offers a variety of options to meet the needs of students with pre-professional interests in music. Degree selections include a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (BA); a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Technology and Composition (BA); a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, with a Concentration in Vocal Performance (BFA); and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) with a Concentration in Universal Music, with a musical focus to be chosen by the student and professor.

Choral and instrumental ensembles provides students with opportunities to participate in active music making. These include Concert Choir, Madrigal Choir (El Coro de la Tierra Alta), Jazz Choir, HU Singers, Music Theater, Jazz Ensemble, and Mariachi (Vaqueros de la Sierra). Other choral and instrumental ensembles are offered according to student interests. Scholarship opportunities include activity awards, the Muller Family Scholarship, the Lorraine Schula Scholarship, the Thomas Mishler Scholarship, and the Lorenzo Miguel Gallegos Scholarship. Work-study positions for music students are available.


This department is under the College of Arts and Sciences