The University of New Mexico’s Fine Arts Department welcomed the public into their building for art, candy and costumes during an Open House.

Last Wednesday, undergraduate artists enrolled in art department classes had the opportunity to showcase their work and share their passions with the public.

Specific departments included Art Education, Art History, Art and Ecology, Ceramics, Experimental Art and Technology, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture, Arita Porcelain, Graphic Design and Foundations. 

During the event, patrons were welcomed to each department’s station. Each table demonstrated a specific skill from their subject. 

For example, people who attended were given the opportunity to take headshots with their friends (completed by the UNM Photo Department) or transfer their very own print (offered by the UNM Printmaking Department.)

“It’s a good environment to meet everybody from different elements of the art program that you wouldn't otherwise have interacted with,” Riley Jakubowski, studio arts student said. “It’s good to be able to experience what other departments have to offer.” 

Because it was also a Halloween celebration, candy was distributed and a costume contest partook during the middle of the event. Students dressed as vampires, ghouls and in art pop walked through the middle of the event, showing off their costumes for everyone to see.

In addition to the workshops, a raffle was offered for all attending participants. Qualifying participants must have visited a minimum of three stations to win. Prizes ranged from hand spun ceramics to books on design to gift cards. 

Luisa Pennington is the Culture Editor and Co-Opinion Editor of the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @_luisapennington_