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NeoRio is an annual outdoor, contemporary art event and project. It is a call to the public to explore the outcomes and experiences of artists, scholars, local experts and youth investigating and creating new works on natural world themes. Created as a platform for innovative artists, NeoRio provides opportunities for cross-pollination between artists, scholars in other fields, conservationists, and members of the public and local communities interested in exploring “Place” and protecting and celebrating our wild lands and waters. The event took place outdoors at Wild Rivers, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument from 2009 – 2019 in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management’s Taos Field Office. In 2020 NeoRio is being reinvented for the world we live in today in response to the global pandemic. NeoRio is organized by us, LEAP (Land, Experience and Art of Place), in collaboration with a variety of other organizations and volunteers.

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NeoRio 2020: Home

September – October, 2020
A transformed NeoRio features a public call for individual cube artworks and audio stories reflecting the theme Home. Artworks will be shown and shared via an online exhibition and digital archive and through a series of community round tables on Zoom. More….



NeoRio 2019

September 21, 2019
NeoRio 2019 artists and collaborators explore “Universal Elements,” coinciding with the United Nations’ theme and 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic System. Discover art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, hands-on activities, “Elemental” concert, delicious farm-to-table feast, music, artist talks, evening campfire, and More….


NeoRio 2018

September 15, 2018
At NeoRio 2018 artists and collaborators delve into the theme of “Roots ~ Raices,” exploring various angles –botanical, cultural, metaphorical and beyond. Come discover art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, related hands-on activities, the afternoon music and poetry salon, a delicious, locally-sourced, northern NM fall feast, artist talks, music around an evening campfire and More….


NeoRio 2017

September 16, 2017
NeoRio 2017 celebrates glorious & fascinating seeds; they will inspire art installations on the rim of the gorge, by Kaitlin Bryson, Hollis Moore & Geraint Smith. Enjoy hands-on activities, a northern NM fall feast, artist talks, live music, & poetry, all reflecting this year’s generative, life-giving theme. More….



NeoRio 2016

September 17, 2016
NeoRio 2016 features pollination-themed installations on the rim of the gorge by Lee Lee, Viviane Le Courtois and Jenny Lynn McNutt. Enjoy a locally-sourced Fall Feast, artist talks, music and poetry, all reflecting this year’s  theme. More….


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September 12, 2015
NeoRio 2015 will feature work by light artist, Ethan Jackson and an art-filled evening celebration on the rim of the gorge. Enjoy a locally-sourced, and inspired Fall Feast, artist talk and music, all solar-powered.  This is a Questa “Luz es Vida” event, part of UNESCO’s “International Year of Light.” More….


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September 6, 2014
NeoRio 2014 features the “‘T’ House” by Team Biocultura, Andrea Polli and John Donalds was well as an evening celebration with the “The Rio Feast Project” by Ric Lum. This year NeoRio also launches LEAP’s online Wilderness Thinkers Project, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  More….


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September 14 – 28, 2013
NeoRio 2013 features “The Ice Cream Olympics,” a July – Sept. residency in the new Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.  Anita Mckeown, collaborators and participants playfully explore local foods in celebration of the new monument culminating in “The Ice Cream Olympics” on Sept. 28. More….


NeoRio 2012

September 27 – 29, 2012 – ISEA2012
NeoRio 2012 featured “People’s PCR”, an experimental project by visiting artists, Paul Vanouse and Joan Linder, new installations, videos and weasel bus paintings by contributing artists and youth inspired by “Powers of Sun, Wind and Water.” More…


NeoRio 2011

NeoRio’s third year, featured innovative work by Daniel Richmond and films by John Wenger, Andrew Rising, Questa Junior High Art Students and the Wild Earth Studio Team. More…




NeoRio 2010

NeoRio’s second year, featured work by sculptor for wildlife, Lynne Hull, participatory sculpture-making workshops and films projected with solar power by John Wenger and Stephen Ausherman. More…



NeoRio 2009

NeoRio’s first year, featured water artist, Basia Irland’s site-based work, “Receedsing/Reseeding” with a participatory ice book launch at the water’s edge, Dutch oven enchiladas and music on the rim of the gorge. More…






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Interested in becoming a NeoRio Featured Artist? Click HERE for submission guidelines.