Gallup New Deal Art

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Currently, Gallup’s collection of New Deal architecture, Spanish Colonial-style tinwork, oak furniture, murals, prints, western American paintings, and Native art (144 objects in total) is housed in five different locations which are not all publicly accessible. Through a multi-faceted, interpretive website, gallupARTS hopes to restore the legacy of the New Deal, unifying the collection, making it widely available as an unparalleled artistic and historical resource, and using it to promote community building.

In 2018, gallupARTS received a $30,000 Digital Projects for the Public “Discovery” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to plan the Gallup New Deal Art website. 

This year, it received a $100K Digital Projects for the Public “Prototyping” grant to continue developing the Gallup New Deal Art website by building and evaluating a prototype. 

The future Gallup New Deal Art website will contain both scholarly information as well as creative content, being designed by experts in collaboration with Gallup’s artists and community members.

gallupARTS Executive Director Rose Eason is the Project Director. 


  • Dr. Molly Medakovich, Ph. D. – Teaching Specialist for the Denver Art Museum, Affiliate Faculty at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Micaela Seidel, M.F.A & M.A. – Community arts educator, curator, writer and editor
  • Madalena Salazar, M.A. – Freelance art historian, museum educator and grants administrator
  • Rose Eason, Ed.M. – Arts and museum educator 


  • Ms. Allison Johnson – M.A. Candidate in Community and Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico and LOOM Gallery Co-Chair
  • Dr. Kency Cornejo, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art History at UNM
  • Winoka Yepa, M.A. – Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Art
  • Kevin Brown, M.A. – Program Specialist for the Indigenous Nations Library Program at UNM


  • Ms. Carol Sarath, M.L.S – Secretary of the gallupARTS Board of Directors and freelance researcher and writer
  • Ms. Kathy Flynn, M.S. – Self-titled “New Deal Lead Detective” for New Mexico
  • Ms. Carolyn Milligan, M.F.A. – This grant builds on the decade of work Ms. Milligan did to archive Gallup’s WPA collection and conserve and curate the County’s portion of the collection.
  • Mr. Martin LinkArchaeologist and historian
  • Dr. Andrew Connors, Ph.D – Director of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History


  • Data Scribe
    • Leila Johnson, Web Project Manager
    • Brett Johnson, Business Analyst and Web Development Lead 
  • Media Tonic 
    • Danielle Reilly Weed


  • Tammi Moe, M.I.L.S. –  Director, Octavia Fellin Public Library

  • Suzanne Hammons – President of the gallupARTS Board of Directors and freelance web designer

The title, “Gallup New Deal Art,” is self-explanatory. The tagline, “History in the Making,” is a play on words with a double-meaning. It refers to the fact that the artworks in the collection were made during the historical period of the New Deal and that, of course, they bear the weight of history. It also speaks to the project’s ethos that the artworks are living and breathing creations that continue to be meaningful and instructive.

Likewise, the logo design indicates the project’s goal to promote the historical value of Gallup’s New Deal art collection at the same time as advancing its contemporary significance. The image is a abstract take on the classic thunderbird, referencing the National Recovery Administration’s bald eagle logo and putting a Southwestern, modern spin on it.

Want to tour Gallup’s expansive and impressive collection of New Deal art? gallupARTS offers customized Gallup New Deal Art Tours on a by-appointment basis. Please call 505-488-2136 or e-mail to discuss.

Sample Gallup's New Deal Art collection:

The Gallup New Deal Art Project has been made possible in part by
a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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