Curriculum Vita

Tauna Cole

330 W. Ethel Avenue

Las Cruces, NM 88005

Phone Numbers:  Work 575.646-4187 or cell no. 575.635.9564

E-Mail Address:



May, 1999          MFA-Studio Painting with a minor in Woman Studies, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

May, 1992          BFA-Painting, Boise State University, Boise, ID


Teaching Experience

2010 – Present         Promoted to Assistant College Professor in June 2010.

2003       Hired as college instructor at NMSU Art Department, January 2003.

Primarily taught two-dimensional foundation courses: 2-D Design, Drawing I

and II

1999 – 2002       Non-tenured Instructor, NMSU Art Department. Taught primarily foundation courses in drawing, painting and two-dimensional design.

1999 – 2003       Adjunct Instructor, El Paso Community College, Valle Verde Branch, El Paso, TX. Taught 2-D design, drawing I and art appreciation

1997 – 1999       Graduate Assistant, NMSU Art Department, Las Cruces, NM



Mar. 10, 2016     “Teaching With the Stars”,Tauna Cole Dorn, Chairman of the NMSU Advocates for Scholarly Teaching Commiittee

Feb. 25, 2016   Presented on the Peer Review Network with Dr. Maria Gurrola at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque, NM

Feb. 5, 2016       Peer Review Network: An Introduction to Evaluating Your Scholarly Teaching, Tauna Cole Dorn, NMSU

Feb. 26, 2015 Presented on the Peer Review Network with Samantha Rich and              Dr. Maria Gurrola at the NMHEAR conference in Albuquerque, NM

Mar. 13, 2015     Presented on the Peer Review Network with Samantha Rich and          Dr. Maria Gurrola at the first NMSU Conference on Assessment, 2015



Professional Development

April 2016     Guest lecture for the Southwest National Watercolor Society

June 9 – 13, 2015           Team Based Learning Workshop by Dr. Laura Madsen,         NMSU Teaching Academy

May 21 – June 5, 2015    Course Online and Development Summer Camp, NMSU OCIP

September 1, 2011          “Assessment Made Simple” NMSU Teaching Academy

May 23 – May 27, 2011   Teaching Portfolio Workshop NMSU Teaching Academy

March 8, 2011                “Set Up the Goal Posts Developing Learning Goals—Knowing What You Want to Assess and Why” NMSU Teaching Academy

February 10, 2011           “Take Charge of Assessment: Teacher- Owned Assessment, Assessing Learning Outcomes”, NMSU Teaching Academy

August 16, 2010              “Next Steps in Assessment: Deeper Learning, Less Teaching, Happier Environment NMSU Teaching Academy

March, 2014                   Guest lecturer by the Las Cruces Art Association



September 2016           Proposed 2- person show with Tauna Cole and Raul Dorn at

Unsettled Gallery

Nov. 2015-Jan., 2016   Casting Indra’s Net, Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, Moses Lake, Washington

May – July 2015             Hear and Now, juried exhibition, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art

May – June 2015           NMSU Graduate Students and Faculty Exhibition, Red Dot Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

January, 2013                In This Corner, curator, Linda Weintraub, NMSU Department of Art University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM 88005

September,, 2012       Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art, Electrogila, Western New Mexico State University, Silver City, NM.

October, 2012     Chamizal National Memorial Museum, Border Tapestry, El Paso, TX

August, 2012       Indra’s Net, Praxis Collective, Las Cruces Art Museum, Las Cruces, NM

May 2011             The Border Artists Come of Age, Glenn Cutter Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

April 2011            MVS Studios, Bijou, Praxis Collective group show, Las Cruces, NM

August 2010       Unsettled Gallery, Border Artist Show entitled Intense Dialogues, Las Cruces, NM

February 2009    NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg., Las Cruces, NM 88005

June 2008           The Border Artists: Painting Across Borders, The Mexican General      Consulate, El Paso, TX 79901

March 2007               Time for Two Women, Tauna Cole and Connie Mississippi, White Raven Studios, Las Cruces, NM

February 2007          NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg., Las Cruces, NM 88005

February 2005          NMSU Faculty Exhibition, University Gallery, D.C. Williams Art Bldg., Las Cruces, NM 88005

Fall 2003                Heaven on Earth, Two person exhibit with Rachel Stevens and Tauna Cole. JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

January 2003         In the Spaces, Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art and Culture, Las Cruces, NM 88001

January 2003        NMSU Faculty Exhibition 2003,NMSU Art Department, University Art Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

April 2002           Of Object and Spirit, Tauna Cole and Rachel Stevens, JME Studios, Las Cruces, NM

Fall 2000             NMSU Faculty Art show, University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

May 1999            COLEGRAYPOORTER, MFA Thesis Exhibition, William’s Hall University Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

Fall 1998                Talking Objects, Suzanne Kane and Tauna Cole, Corbett Center Gallery, Las Cruces, NM

Spring 1998         The Many Lives of Women, Kent Museum, Las Cruces, NM

Summer 1995      National Small Works, Boise State University Art Gallery, Boise, ID,

Spring 1992        Contemporary Artists of the Northwest, Boise State University Art Gallery, Boise, ID



Awards and Accomplishments

Fall, 2016       Awarded a Travel Grant for $1,000 by the College of Arts & Sciences

June, 2011      Received promotion to Assistant College Professor, Art Department, New Mexico State University

May, 2008       Recipient of the NMSU College of Arts and Sciences Mini-Grants for studio research

2006 – 2008       Served as design advisor for NEH grant written and proposed by Artist, Diana Molina for her project entitled Seven String – Barb Wire Fence

Recipient of $500 Presidential Enrichment Grant

2005      Who’s Who of Fine Art Educators

2000 – 2003      Served on the board of directors for the Dona Ana Arts Council

1998 – 1999      Recipient of the Marguerite Loya Pearson Scholarship, $1,000

1998      Guest Curator, “Many Lives of Women” show, Kent Museum, New Mexico State University


Professional Artist


President of the Border Artists group in Las Cruces for 2016-2017


Member of FATE: Foundation in Art, Theory and Education since 2006


Public and Private Collections And Commissions

Hewlett Packard, Boise, ID Albertson’s Headquarters, Boise, ID Key Bank of Idaho, Boise, ID

Watercolor commission, St. Alphonsus Hospital

Portrait commission, Judge Steven Trott, 9th District Court of Appeals

Peter and Suzanne Kane, Las Cruces, NM Isha Babel, El Paso, TX

Woody and Susan Woodrow, Austin, TX Judy Groves, Las Cruces, NM

Sherry Doil-Carter, Las Cruces, NM

Delano and Gayle Lewis, Las Cruces, NM

Colleen Boyd and Jay Chapman, Las Cruces, NM

Jim and Jane Langell, Las Cruces, NM

Jane Slagel, Las Cruces, NM


Public Art

Winning design team for the I-10 underpasses: Motel Boulevard and Avenida de

Mesilla sponsored by the State Highway Dept. and the City of Las Cruces, Summer





Panorama: NMSU Alumni Magazine, Volume 61 2012. “Alumni, artists form Praxis Collective by Gabriella D. Ferrari. Online article:

The Ink Magazine. On the front cover for the December 2012/January 2013 issue. “Artist of the Week, Opening Doors to Mesilla’s Small Jewels” Las Cruces                                 Sun News, The Arts, Sunday, June 19, 2005

“Exhibits: In Focus: Boise artist Tauna Cole” compiled by Mary L. Larson, The

Idaho Statesman, Exhibits, Friday, November 19, 1993