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Current Exhibit:  2018 Artist in Residence Program

The University of New Mexico Law School Not-for-Profit Art Gallery is launching the 2018 Artist in Residence Program with an opening reception on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Forum at the UNM Law School, located at 1117 Stanford NE. Free parking is available in the law school parking lot after 4:00 p.m.

The Art Gallery’s inaugural Artist in Residence Program features work from 14 artists:


  • Sarah Lough, Law Alumna, Class of 2007
  • Barbara Shapiro, Law Alumna, Class of 1978
  • Melinda Silver, Law Alumna, Class of 1983


  • Steven K. Homer, Director of the Legal Analysis & Communication Program, UNM School of Law
  • Laurel Lampella, Fine Arts Professor


  • Noyes, Dan, Retired Law Staff


  • Janette Duran, Law Student, Class 2020

Friends & Family

  • Dorothy McDonough-McGeorge, Wife of Law Alumnus
  • David McMullen
  • Vera Neel, Wife of Law Alumnus
  • Vickie Pleau
  • Dan Shaffer, Relative of UNM Faculty
  • Michael Toya, Husband of Law Student
  • Robert Weber, Husband of Law Faculty

Meet the exhibiting artists and hear about their work at the opening reception, which will feature a buffet. Johnny Alston will provide live Native Flute Music. For more information, please contact Professor Sherri Burr (Art Committee Chair) at 505-277-5650 or

Art by Melinda Silver
Another Verga Day by Melinda Silver

Recent Media

18 Artists, 40 Works: The Art Committee invites you to its largest Art Exhibition ever.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., the UNM Law School Not for Profit Gallery launches its 2019 Artists in Residence Exhibition in the Law School Forum. In attendance will be all 18 artists, including law school alumni Norm Gagne, Sarah Lough, and Barbara Shapiro, and former Media Center Directors Bob Crain and Dan Noyes. One of the highlights is a new “Black Panther” inspired and transformative work by Michael Toya, a UNM Nursing Alum and the husband of Roshanna Toya, Law School class of 2019.

The event will feature the Native American flute playing music of Johnny Alston and a seafood buffet.

The event is free and open to the public.

Art by Vickie Pleau
All Creation Sings by Vickie Pleau
Art by Vickie Pleau
Calypso - The Dance fo the Sea by Vickie Pleau

Art Talk interview with Law School Student Artists

Host Sherri Burr interviews UNM law students Suzanne Fortner (’16), Robert Johnston(’16), and Kate Worthington (’15), about their artwork featured in the 2015 Student Art Show.

Arts Talk with Sherri Burr and Art at the Law School Part 1 of 2

Arts Talk with Sherri Burr and Art at the Law School Part 2 of 2

About the Gallery

The UNM School of Law Art Gallery features art of varied mediums from artists including students, faculty, alumni and friends of the law school and the university. Professor Sherri Burr, UNM Regents Professor, heads the UNM Law School's Art Committee and is host of ARTS TALK, a weekly television she produces and hosts. Aside from the intrinsic value of having art in the School of Law and the goal of funding a scholarship, Burr says there's another important reason for the art gallery: "An art enriched environment is conducive to learning."

See Professor Burr’s profile.

UNM School of Law Art Gallery and Art Committee Chair Sherri Burr in the News

  • Professor Burr is featured on UNM Proud in the article, “ An Artist’s Love for the Law.” The article describes Burr’s successful art career, her Art Law program, and the creation of the Law School Art Gallery and how she has “tapped into the heart of art’s influence in New Mexico, and at the University of New Mexico.”
  • On March 25, the Law School's art gallery was featured in the Albuquerque Journal by Staff Writer Mike Bush titled, " Art at UNM Law School". Professor Sherri Burr, who chairs the Law School's Art Committee, is quoted sharing her enthusiasm for the gallery and understanding that art provides intellectual stimulation. The article includes interviews with 3 artists whose work is currently on view in the gallery.
  • Professor Burr was also interviewed in a blog by Teri Hillyard about National Federation of Press Women members called " Talking with Teri."