Parish Memorial Library is hosting a reveal party to celebrate the completion of a mural painted by Robbin Lou Bates over the course of the summer. The reveal and reception will be held in the basement of Parish Library – where the mural was painted – on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. The artist will be present at the event.
The University Libraries announced Robbin Lou Bates is the winner of the Parish Memorial Library Mural Competition last spring. Bates, an MFA student in the Painting & Drawing program, painted the mural under a Library skylight over the course of the summer.
“The mural is colorful, exuberant, active and really engages a contemporary experience of space,” said Raychael Stine, assistant professor and member of the selection committee. “Its shapes are quirky and particular in their translation of plant life and landscapes in the southwestern region, and the naturalistically rendered roadrunner, our New Mexico State bird, is fantastically stable and secure in its leading role.”
Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Bates’ work directly deals with the desert, mostly the Sonoran Desert. She says different aspects of the landscape reveal themselves in her work.
“I am interested in all life forms that inhabit deserts,” she said. “More recently, I have explored ways to abstract and simplify the shapes I grew up seeing on a regular basis, such as mountains and cactus. I explore ways of creating new landscapes with these forms as well as with shapes and color.”
“One of the goals of this competition was to brighten our spaces and make them more inviting and inspiring for the students who work here, while also promoting the work of our UNM student artists,” Quinn said. “Bates’ mural proposal definitely meets this criterion.”
Funding for the project is provided by the William J. Parish Endowment.