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Celebrating our 25th anniversary, the Rio Grande Art Association (RGAA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of New Mexico artists. Membership is open to everyone and all media. Traditional, classic, contemporary, or avant-garde artists at all levels are welcome!  Our focus is on creativity, originality, and the development of personal expression!

We meet on the third Saturday of each month (except July and December) at UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, North Building, Classroom D, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131
Guests are welcome to attend our monthly educational programs.

RGAA Bylaws (updated July 2019)

Registration for MasterWorks of New Mexico Exhibition Now Open!




PEGGY IMMEL WORKSHOP 2023 ~ Start to Finish: Creating Successful Landscapes



Peggy's workshop is full. To be put on the wait list, please contact Bonnie Buckley at or 505-480-7020.


What We Do

  • Sponsor an annual juried exhibition, ¡Encantada!,each fall (more info Encantada!).
  • Co-sponsor MasterWorks of New Mexico each spring (more info MasterWorks of New Mexico).
  • Provide workshops and additional exhibition venues for our members. 
  • Publish The Palette, our monthly newsletter (current and archived copies: The Palette).
  • Present ten educational programs at member meetings per year, featuring professional demonstrations and lectures (more info Meetings / Presentations & Demos).

Membership Benefits

  • Qualifying for entry into MasterWorks, Encantada, and other RGAA-sponsored exhibitions
  • Ten inspiring educational meetings per year (no meetings July or December)
  • RGAA-sponsored educational programs and workshops
  • The Palette newsletter published ten times per year
  • Member website listing on the RGAA website

Next RGAA Member Meeting

Saturday, February 18, 10 am - noon


UNM Continuing Education, North Building, Classroom D
1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Presentation by Margy O’Brien, Spiraling into Books
Margy will demonstrate how seeds planted in years’ worth of sketchbooks have inspired her most recent studio work of making unique artists’ books. She fills watercolor sketchbooks with the soul of an artist and the eye of a naturalist - recording plants, animals, and landscapes in her field journals. Back in her studio, her sketchbook pages fuel ideas for developing mixed media art and sculptural artist’s books. Margy received her BFA degree from the University of Arizona with an art major and biology minor and melds both those interests on her spiraling creative path. 


Volunteer Opportunities

See full descriptions: 2023 Board, Committee, and Volunteer Duties


Social Media

Members, post your artwork on the RGAA Facebook Page!   And be sure to "like" the page while you're there!