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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

Announcing the first ever


Current RGAA members may 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. We plan to hold the contest quarterly.

ENTER  Sept. 1 - 25th using the button below.  
FREE to enter - no entry fee. You may submit one art work. A digital image (jpg) will be required. 

  • VIEW the photo album of all entries after Oct. 1 on the photo album page.
  • VOTE for your favorite from Oct. 1 - 19.  All RGAA members may vote, not just those who entered.  You’ll get a reminder to vote in the October newsletter. There will be a button here where you will vote.
  • WINNER will be announced November 1 in the RGAA newsletter. 

Enter the RGAA Member Art Contest here

if you need help, here's a downloadable pdf with instructions on how to enter: How to Enter the RGAA Art Contest

Next meeting:  Saturday, October 17 at 10 am  
John Meister will make a presentation on plain air painting.

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 home and stay safe.