Beautifying Gallup’s Thoroughfares

 An initiative to creatively activate alleyways in downtown Gallup through the commissioning of murals, performances, and other artist-led initiatives. The primary. focus of the project will focus on the alley between First and Third and Coal and Aztec. The selection of this location is based in tandem with the planned City of Gallup’s alley infrastructure improvements. However, the project will include programming and temporary projects as well.

Art This Way seeks to engage artists of different mediums and experiences, with an emphasis on community engagement. Through its implementation, we hope to bring vitality and activities to oft-overlooked thoroughfares in the district, and offer an opportunity to bring new voices to our already robust downtown art landscape.

Checkout the mural projects below, and keep in mind that the addresses are for the front of the street, but the murals are in the alley!

207 S 3rd Street – Turney’s

Ric Sarracino – 2018

Mural depicting Gallup’s red rocks behind a train, and a chorus of prairie dogs in the foreground.

106 W Aztec – NWNMCOG

Marina Eskeets – 2019-20

A mural connecting a personal narrative about sheep herding to the broader community.

105 W Coal – VACANT

Chris Acevedo – 2020

Four inset scenes depicting the different seasons in Gallup, signs of change, hope, and resilience.

214 W Aztec Ave – Dental Innovations

Jerry Brown – 2020

A dynamic scene of birds and natural life symbolic of resilience and movement.


Seeking artist proposals for temporary installations on the construction fencing of Coal Avenue Commons.

Downtown Gallup is home to over a dozen other murals, learn more about them here >>