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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.

Annual Juried Exhibition Sponsored by Rio Grande Art Association 

Show and sale continues through October 27 
Open Wednesdays thru Sundays 10am - 5:30 pm 

Hispanic Arts Building, EXPO New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE Albuquerque, NM 87108
More info:  

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.

-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

Next meeting: Sat., October 19, 2019  10 am
Nancy Silvia,
signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Pastel Society of New Mexico, will discuss the National Park Artist Residency Program. Nancy spent two weeks at Acadia National Park in Maine and a month at Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, N.M., as an artist in residence. She also will describe the process by which an artist can apply at any of the several National Parks in America.

Members:  Here are the newly approved bylaws, approved by members at the September meeting:  RGAA Bylaws revised July 2019

From the August meeting:  Chris Miller's instructions: click for printable pdf How to Make Canvas Panels


October Monthly Challenge:  Create art work using a palette knife.


We meet on the third Saturday of every month except July and December at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Pl. NE