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Eastern New Mexico University Gallery Director Receives Arts Educator Award | KAMR

PORTALES, NM (KAMR/KCIT) – According to an announcement from Eastern New Mexico State University, a staff member has been awarded New Mexico’s 2022 Arts Educator of the Year by the Arts Educator Association of New Mexico.

ENMU officials clarified that Bryan Hahn, ENMU Runnels Gallery Director/Curator and Creative Services Coordinator, has been recognized for his achievements in the arts education community and in the classroom through the NMAEA Professional Awards Program. .

Hahn has run the ENMU Runnels Gallery for more than a decade, according to university officials. The gallery, located in the Golden Student Success Center on campus, is free and open to the public and features artwork by ENMU students, faculty and staff, alumni and visiting artists. notables.

“One of the most meaningful opportunities I’ve had while working in the gallery is witnessing the journey of self-discovery and creation,” Hahn said. “When I speak with students (especially non-arts majors), I often hear them say, ‘I’m not an artist. I’m not creative, I can’t….’ when they talk about themselves. For me, it has been important to challenge this self-destructive perspective and encourage students to explore their own creative ways of expression. It’s very exciting to watch students discover, connect, embrace and run with their creativity. »

Additionally, Hahn has reportedly been a part-time instructor and contributing artist at ENMU College of Fine Arts since 2008. Richard Schwartz, chairman of ENMU’s art department, cited the award because of the love and Hahn’s dedication to the Runnels Gallery and its outreach programs.

“The students, staff and faculty of the ENMU Department of Art are incredibly proud of Mr. Hahn’s significant achievement,” said Schwartz.

“Bryan is an incredible leader for students interested in museums and arts education. He is a person who draws on real-life experience and connections to teach the students he works with,” said Tatyana Scott, ENMU alumnus and internship coordinator at the School of Art Institute. from Chicago. “It was with him that I first experienced curating an experimental exhibition in a physical space. He is exceptionally good at using original thinking to engage both students and visitors to the university. »