In collaboration with the UNM Art Museum and Fay Pfaelzer Abrams, the campus community is invited to the opening reception of Sheltered, featuring the work of artist Rachel Popowcer on Friday, June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery, located on the fifth floor of the Ambulatory Care Center (5ACC).

Popowcer's art evolves from a particular desire for refuge, a focus on what makes us vulnerable, and a deep interest in visual storytelling and narrative. Her recent paintings and photographic works seek to translate and manage life events that seem difficult or unexplainable; turning them into something of beautiful relevance, that relates to a larger life fabric/context. Incorporating imagery that may include portals, nature, written text, and repetitive patterns, she creates a space where these symbolic pictures can interact and elevate her pieces from the personal to the universal.

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Rachel Popowcer, Altered States (detail)

Popowcer is a mixed media oil painter who received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has exhibited her work extensively and has participated in artist residencies such as the Vermont Studio Center.

She is currently and adjunct art professor at CMN, an instructor at the New Mexico Art League, and facilitates an art class for The New Mexico Cancer Center. She has also taught for UNM, the Albuquerque Museum, OASIS, and more

The Jonathan Abrams MD Art Gallery was founded in 1991 by Dr. Jonathan Abrams, a world-renowned cardiologist who came to New Mexico while serving in the Army in 1968. Dr. Abram’s and his wife were passionate art collects, so when the University built the Ambulatory Care Center Dr. Abram decided that all the new, empty walls needed art and started by bringing art from his home to display.

From there, Dr. Abrams founded the Jonathan Abrams, MD Art Gallery in the fifth-floor hallway outside of the Department of Internal Medicine to offer New Mexican artists a place to display their artwork, and to provide a venue at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center for patients, visitors, students and staff to view contemporary art.

The gallery is typically open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located on the fifth floor of the Ambulatory Care Center. Parking is available at the UNM Hospital West Parking Structure at Lomas & Yale. This exhibition will be on display through Aug. 9, 2019.

For more information, contact Chris Fenton at 505-272-9700 or