In Our Own Backyard

5 516 ARTS David Koch 16th Car

March 23 – June 1

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 23:
5-6pm: Member Preview (JOIN)
6-8pm: Public Reception, with music by DogBone, refreshments from Slate Street Café and High & Dry Brewing

ARTISTS: Jane Abrams, Kim Arthun, Margarete Bagshaw, Virginia Baich, Steve Barry, Wanda Becker, Ann Dunbar, Barbara Grothus, Michael Hart, David Koch, Jeff Krueger, Felice Lucero, Delilah Montoya, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Santiago Pérez, Tom Waldron, John Wenger and Jerry West. 

In Our Own Backyard examines contemporary art in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico from the 1980s to the present. The exhibition stems from the collection of Ray Graham, a pivotal arts supporter and longtime collector of many major regional and national artists. In 1990, Graham remodelled the building that now houses 516 ARTS at 516 Central Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque as a contemporary art venue, where he founded CAFE  30 years ago and operated the space as a commercial gallery for five years. 

This exhibition features work from his collection and artists who were shown at CAFE, both with work from that period and recent work. Highlighting discourses around place, materials, practice and process, the exhibition brings together a cross-section of approaches and genres that explore the creative energy of New Mexico’s artists and legacy in the larger contemporary art world.


Delilah Montoya, Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra  “Calidad,” Casta 9, 2018, archival inkjet print, 24 x 30 inches
Jane Abrams, Bosque Gold, 2016, oil on linen, 34 x 62 inches
Kim Arthun, Gotta Be, 1994, mixed media, 60 x 60 inches
Barbara Grothus, Untitled, steel, paint, patina, found materials, 1995, steel, paint, patina, found materials, 30 x 10 x 6.5 inches, Collection of Ray Graham
David Koch, 16th Car, 2006, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, Collection of Ray Graham
John Wenger, Bitumen Plume Heads, 2019, oil on aluminum panel, 36 x 48 inches