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WILL, the Mimbres Region Arts Council and the WNMU Expressive Arts Department continue with their successful Artist Lecture Series.
Get to know some of America's finest artists - learn about an artist's motivations, techniques and history while being genuinely entertained. The series offers a range of accomplished individuals. Light refreshments will be served.
Location: WNMU Parotti Hall
FREE and Open to the Public [ Get a printable map PDF ]
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30pm
WNMU Parotti Hall
Gary Trousdale, Storyboard Artist/Director gained prominence in his field with the success of his animated film directorial debut Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won a LAFCA Award. Beauty and the Beast is often considered one of the greatest artistic successes of the Disney Renaissance. He later directed other features such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996 and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Leaving Disney after Atlantis: the Lost Empire (released by Disney in 2001), Gary moved to DreamWorks Animation where he has written, directed, and storyboarded ever since.
"Thoughts on Life as a New Mexico Writer"
Michael McGarrity, Author
Friday, April 25, 2014, Refreshments at 5:00pm, Presentation at 5:30pm
WNMU Global Resource Center, 12th Street and Kentucky
Michael McGarrity, author of the acclaimed Kevin Kerney crime-suspense novels that take place in modern New Mexico, will discuss his experiences as a writer and law enforcement officer.
Mr. McGarrity will also speak at the Silver City Public Library on Saturday April 26th as part of the Second Chance portion of this event. A number of his books will be on sale at both venues.
Michael McGarrity holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master's degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.
His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security, and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor, and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established. He also has served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, an investigator and caseworker for the Public Defender's Office, and an investigator for a state government agency. In 1987, he was honored as Santa Fe's Police Officer of the Year.
As a trained psychotherapist, McGarrity specialized in the treatment of high-risk populations including drug abusers, chronically mentally ill patients, juvenile delinquents, adult felons, and abused and neglected children. He was responsible for re-establishing mental health services for the New Mexico Corrections Department after the infamous prison riot of 1980. That year he was recognized by his peers as the New Mexico Social Worker of the Year.
He served on the faculty of several colleges and universities, teaching courses in psychology and counseling and functioning as a field supervisor for undergraduate and graduate clinical social work students. For a number of years he maintained a private practice in family therapy and consultation services to community- based treatment agencies.
With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, McGarrity turned to writing full time. A number of his best-selling novels have been nominated for awards, and in 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and Literature.
He was instrumental in establishing the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
WILL is very pleased to have Mr McGarrity here as part of Reflections of an Artist series. Please visit his website at www.michaelmcgarrity.com .
"New Mexico's Century of Leadership in Space Exploration"
Loretta Hall, Author and Space Ambassador for the National Space Society
Friday March 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Parotti Hall Auditorium, in the WNMU Fine Arts Complex
New Mexico has the longest continuous record in the nation for conducting research into making space travel possible.
Loretta will discuss ". . . New Mexico's crucial contributions to manned space flight made by scientists, engineers, and assorted adventurers, beginning with Robert Goddard's arrival in Roswell in 1930. In subsequent decades, creative and courageous researchers working in this state refined rocketry and resolved other potential impediments to human spaceflight, including cosmic radiation, prolonged weightlessness, acceleration and deceleration forces, confinement and isolation in a space capsule, and the ability to react appropriately to emergencies in space . . . and how our state played an important role in training astronauts for moon missions and shuttle flights and ultimately constructed the first purpose-built spaceport for recreational and commercial flights."
Loretta's book, Out of this World: New Mexico's Contribution to Space Travel will be available for sale and signing. This book has won six awards at the state, regional and national levels including Best New Mexico Book of 2011 in the New Mexico Book Awards.
Loretta Hall is the Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and a member of the Historical Society of New Mexico's Speaker Bureau. Visit Ms. Hall's website at www.authorhall.com
Note: On Saturday, March 29th, she will be facilitating a WILL members-only class entitled: "Earth Sheltering for Sustainability" which will explore the advantages as well as design constraints and construction challenges of earth-integrated buildings. Her book, Underground Buildings: More Than Meets The Eye will be available for purchase.