Presented by Harwood Art Center, UNM Museum of Southwestern Biology, & 516 ARTS as part of exhibition, Species in Peril Along The Rio Grande

Session 1: Birds and Mammals: Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 2: Plants and Insects: Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-8:30pm
Session 3: Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians, Wednesday, November 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Rio Grande region is rich in biodiversity, yet its ecosystems, plants, and animals have been put in peril by human intervention and climate change. Join us for three drawing sessions in the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico to draw diverse specimens from the museum’s vast research collection. Learn about the biology of the region by observing taxidermy of birds and mammals, dry mounted plants and insects, and preserved mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. The Museum of Southwestern Biology has world class collections, as the 2nd largest mammal collection in the world, and the largest collections in the region for fish, reptiles and amphibians, birds, and plants. The astounding diversity of form and function that is found within the cabinets and jars of the museum in a seldom tapped resource for artistic inspiration and learning regarding the remarkable aesthetics of natural history. During each session, there will be a short tour of the division’s collection followed by time to draw from a selection of specimens.


Museum of Southwestern Biology, CERIA building, University of New Mexico


Student’s Discretion

Class Fee:

$50 all sessions or $25 for 1 session/ $40 all sessions or $22.50 for 1 session Harwood Members or 516 ARTS Members

To learn more about Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, check out and download the program guide >