Ray Drew Gallery


Ray Drew Gallery Exhibits

The gallery is located on the first floor of the library and is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.

2015 Northern New Mexico

Devotional Art Exhibition
A Group Show
February 22 – April 6, 2015
Artists’ Reception, Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 2-4 pm

Image ~ “El Alma de Maria” by Adrian Montoya

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions
Amanda Parea, Barbara Menchaca, Ardys Otterbacher and Sarita Espinosa
April 10- May 9, 2015

Who Was Ray Drew?

New Mexico Highlands University’s Board of Regents passed a resolution on August 23, 2002 to rename Donnelly Library’s gallery in honor of Mr. Raymond Drew.

Professor Drew was born on a farm in Conway, Massachusetts in 1923. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from the University of New Mexico. He joined the faculty of Highlands University in 1958 and taught here for 32 years until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Drew married Virginia Tibbets, also an artist, in 1946. Mr. Drew passed away in 1982 and was preceded in death by his wife in 1964.

Highly talented as a watercolorist, he had many exhibitions and one-man shows around the country, and his paintings are in permanent collections at the Ford Motor Company, Amherst College, and Highlands University. Many of his works are hanging in offices throughout the university as well as in Donnelly Library.

As a professor, he was well liked by both students and faculty. As an educator, he was respected in his field as a watercolorist and art educator, and was the past president of the New Mexico Art Education Association. Mr. Drew influenced many art students and future New Mexico teachers. His devotion to the entire Highlands’ community was as important as his regular academic responsibilities. He is well remembered for assisting Native American students as the faculty sponsor of the Indian Club for many years.

It is because of Mr. Drew’s devotion to Highlands’ students, his love of teaching the arts, and his beautifully unique mastery of watercolor painting that New Mexico Highlands University dedicated the renaming of the Fine Arts Gallery to the Ray Drew Gallery.

Past Exhibits


January 12 – February 15, 2015

Simply Me Works by Emilia Rivera

Artist’s reception ~ Sunday, January 18, 2015, 2-4 p.m.


November 16 – December 17, 2014

Blue Moon – Blue Sky Paintings by Nacho Jaramillo
Artist’s reception ~ Sunday, November 16, 2014, 4-6 p.m.

drbelllecture October 6 – November 9, 2014
Original Engravings by William Hogarth (1697-1764)
Dr. Robert Bell will be giving a Fine Art Print History lecture October 7

August 18 – September 25, 2014

Before Ones and Zeroes: A Photographic Celebration of Moving Parts
Black and White Photography by Cate Fitzmaurice-Torres

Artist’s Reception ~ Sunday August 24, 2014 3-5 p.m.


June 2 – August 10, 2014

Art Works by Ray Drew

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