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Welcome to The Rio Grande Art Association!
Formed in 1998, RGAA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and promoting New Mexico artists who work in various media. We welcome anyone interested in art, particularly those artists who work in oils, acrylics, casein, egg tempera, oil pastels, encaustic, mixed media, or any painting media that are exhibited without glass. These media may be hand painted on canvas, canvas board, paper, Masonite, and a variety of other grounds.  Traditional, classic, contemporary, or avant-garde painters are welcome! Our focus is on creativity, originality, and the development of personal expression.
RGAA Bylaws (updated July 2019)

We meet on the third Saturday of each month (except July and December) at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

What We Do

  • Sponsor a national juried show, ¡Encantada! each fall (more info Encantada!).
  • Co-sponsor MasterWorks of New Mexico each spring (more info MasterWorks of New Mexico).
  • Provide workshops and additional exhibition venues for our members. 
  • Publish The Palette, our monthly newsletter (current and archived copies: The Palette).
  • Present ten educational programs at member meetings per year, featuring professional demonstrations and lectures (more info Meetings / Presentations & Demos).

Membership Benefits

  • Qualifying for entry into MasterWorks, Encantada, the Summer Fine Art Show and Sale, and other RGAA-sponsored exhibitions
  • Ten  inspiring educational meetings per year (no meetings July or December)
  • RGAA-sponsored educational programs and workshops
  • The Palette newsletter published ten times per year
  • 10% discount on purchases at Artisan Art Supply (show your RGAA Membership Card 2022)

Next RGAA Member Meeting

Saturday, May 21st 10 am

Presentation by Vera Neel: "Abstracts in Oil"


St. Mark's Episcopal Church
431 Richmond Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

June 18th Member Meeting
9 am Art Materials Swap and Sale
10 am Presentation by Dennis Chamberlain: “Southwestern Art Photography - My Approach” 

If you need art materials -- ranging from art frames, stretcher bars, easels, brushes and much more -- be sure to attend the Rio Grande Art Association's June 18 member meeting for the Big Art Materials Swap and Sale. All RGAA members are encouraged to bring art materials you want to swap or sell. And if you're shopping for art materials, be sure to bring plenty of dollar bills to make your purchases.

Set up for the RGAA Art Swap and Sale will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, one hour before the start of the 10 a.m. member meeting. Please bring your own display tables if you have a lot of materials to swap or sell. The swap and sale will be held before the 10 a.m. member meeting, during the break, and briefly after the meeting adjourns at noon.

Volunteer Opportunities

Several volunteer positions need to be filled for 2022:
Vice President, Web Administrator,  Encantada Show Chair, Non-Juried Show Chair 

See full descriptions: 2022 Board, Committee, and Volunteer Duties

Volunteer here: RGAA Volunteer Signup   

Social Media

Members, post your artwork on the RGAA Facebook Page!   And be sure to "like" the page while you're there!