The “Night at the Museums,” fundraiser will offer tours of the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. Art on display will include exhibitions from graduate and undergraduate artists along with ceramics and jewelry available for purchase during the event on April 29. (NMSU Photo by Josh Bachman)
Devasthali Hall opening and ribbon cutting, Feb 28, 2020. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

‘Night at the Museums’ fundraiser to help incoming NMSU freshmen through Aggie Jumpstart

The College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University is inviting the regional community for a special evening of artifacts, art, astronomy and entertainment with its first “Night at the Museums” fundraising event from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the University Museum in Kent Hall and University Art Museum in Devasthali Hall.

Tickets are $20 and include light appetizers. Ice Box Brewing will provide a cash bar. Tickets are available online at

Guests are invited to begin the evening at Kent Hall with food, drinks and music by NMSU students. The Deparment of Astronomy will man telescopes outside to allow guests views of Mercury and the Orion Nebula on the horizon. Later in the evening bright stars in the clusters of Ursa Major, Leo, Cancer, Virgo and Gemini should be visible. The astronomy department also will display its unique collection of various meteorites.

Tours of the two museums are next: the University Museum, located in Kent Hall, has been a repository for ancient artifacts studied by scholars and students for more than 60 years. It also displays various exhibitions about the culture of the Southwest. The University Art Museum is in Devasthali Hall, just a short walk from Kent Hall. The University Art Museum will feature current exhibitions along with student artwork from undergraduate and graduate students as well as a sale room with jewelry and ceramics available for purchase.

“We are incredibly excited to host this event for our community,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “This is a way to showcase the amazing work of our students and faculty while also raising money for future Aggies through our Aggie Jumpstart program.”

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Author: Minerva Baumann