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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 of the 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.

What we do:

-Sponsor a juried show, ¡Encantada! each fall (more info Encantada! ), and co-sponsor Masterworks of New Mexico each spring (more info Masterworks of New Mexico ). We also sponsor workshops and provide additional exhibition venues for our members. 

Due to the pandemic, MasterWorks and Encantada are not being held in 2020.  The Summer Fine Art Show at Casa Vieja has been postponed until July 2021.  MasterWorks has a gallery of standard size works entries on their website.  All are available for purchase.: MasterWorks 2020 Gallery

-Publish The Palette, our monthly newsletter. Get all the details in the latest issue!  Current and archived copies:   The Palette

-We have ten educational meetings per year, featuring professional demonstrations and lectures. Meetings / Presentations & Demos

Membership benefits:

· You can enter MasterWorks,  Encantada! and the Summer Fine Sale at Casa Vieja.

· Ten inspiring educational meetings per year. (No meetings July or December)
· A 10% discount to Artisans Art Supplies

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23rd Annual Juried Standard Fine Art Show & Sale
April 1 - 30, 2021

This will be an online only show for standard fine art category entries only.
Jurors will determine those accepted from the 
New Mexico Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of New Mexico
and Rio Grande Art Association.

Award winners will be chosen by the Judge.

We must exercise caution for everyone’s health and safety,
yet our ambition is that in Spring 2022 we will be able to provide
the full exhibition of our talented artists.


MasterWorks 2021 Online Show Prospectus

Enter MasterWorks 2021 by clicking on the button corresponding to the total number of entries you have.

 Masterworks 2021 (1 entry)       Masterworks 2021 (2 entries)        Masterworks 2021 (3 entries)

Register for Natasha Isenhour workshop: Workshops


Current RGAA members may enter - free to enter.  

First place: $50 Artisan’s Gift Card  2nd Place: $25 Artisan’s Gift card!  
This is an opportunity for us to share what we’ve been working on since we can’t meet in person for awhile. 

  • ENTER HERE:  Jan 2021 Quarterly RGAA Member Art Contest
    Each member can submit one painting and you are encouraged to enter a recent work. Please adhere to RGAA’s requirements of not submitting any work that is generally shown under glass. A digital image (jpg) will be required with a brief description and your contact info.
  • Need help entering?  Read this:   How to Enter the RGAA Art Contest  
  • VIEW the photo album of all entries after Feb 1.
  • VOTE for your favorite from Feb 1 - 19. All RGAA members may vote, not just those who entered. You’ll get a reminder to vote in the February newsletter.
  • WINNER will be announced at the Feb 20th meeting, as well as in the March RGAA newsletter.
    We can’t wait to see your art work! Good luck!

Next RGAA Member meeting:  Saturday, January 16 at 10 am (via Zoom)  
Potluck Show & Tell 

Our January meetings have traditionally been a potluck with show and tell - members sharing their artwork.  Since we are not meeting in person for the foreseeable future, join us on Zoom - with your favorite beverage and morning snack, if you wish.

Members: If you'd like to share your work on the RGAA Facebook page, feel free to post it there:  RGAA Facebook Page   And be sure to "like" the page while you're there!


We meet on the third Saturday of every month except July and December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE  Check back to see when we might be able to meet in person again.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.