Art in Public Places Program


Artwork has been added to the city of Rio Rancho’s Mariposa Fire Station and Cabezon Recreation Center through the state of New Mexico’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program.

Created by the Legislature in 1986, this program dictates that agencies receiving capital outlay appropriations for construction or renovation of public buildings in excess of $100,000 must set aside one percent of the funds to acquire public art. The art that is acquired is to be placed on, in, or around the building benefiting from the appropriation funding.

Previously, the city received $300,000 for the construction of the Mariposa Fire Station and $175,000 to build the Cabezon Recreation Center.


The piece hanging in the lobby at the Cabezon Recreation Center was created by Tim Keller and is entitled “Distance.” This 23” by 31” archival pigment print produced from an original photo depicts an evening landscape of a barn on Johnson Mesa, east of Raton, N.M.

"Distance" by Tim Keller


Willows in Snow on the Pecos River

Adorning the Mariposa Fire Station is Matthew Chase-Daniel's "Willows in Snow on the Pecos River.” This 48” by 42” piece shows a winter landscape with red willows, snow and water. This art was produced through an archival pigment photo-assemblage process.

"Willows in Snow on the Pecos River" by Matthew Chase-Daniel


Picking Art

The art selected for placement at city facilities was chosen by city staff that picked from an allotment of pieces made available by the state.

The public is encouraged to view the art in person. Please call the Cabezon Recreation Center, 2305 Cabezon Blvd. NE, at (505) 892-4499, and the Mariposa Fire Station, 3125 Mariposa Parkway, at (505) 867-4586 for viewing times.

This project was made possible by the New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information visit New Mexico Arts’ Website.
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