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We have an update on the mural by artist Jenny Ustick.

The University of New Mexico-Taos, in collaboration with the Taos Arts Council, is pleased to present the beautiful new mural Historical Women of Taos.

Beginning on May 3, 2023 internationally recognized muralist Jenny Ustick created a mural on the south wall of Rio Grande Hall on Civic Plaza Drive and Camino de la Placita. The mural features four historical women of Taos, who were chosen by the community of Taos and the Taos Pueblo in the spring of 2022. The mural’s intention is to not only celebrate Taos women but to also represent the diversity of our community.

The women featured include DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo, a Taos Pueblo and Dine contemporary 2D artist; Maria Rosa Villalpando, the ancestral matriarch of several prominent Taos families and one of the historic women of the Santa Fe Trail; Cleofas Martinez Jaramillo, a historic preservationist of Northern New Mexico’s Spanish culture; and Helene Wurlitzer, the philanthropist who started a pivotal artist residency in Taos.

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Photo credit: Jenny Ustick

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