Norma Hartell

Class of 2016

Norma Hartell is an artist, anthropologist, and farmer. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 2010. She continues to paint and exhibits her work annually. In 2016, Norma Hartell received an MA in Anthropology from the New Mexico State University. Her thesis focused on distinguishing the city of Las Cruces as an art community and documenting the fine art of the city. In 2015, during her time as a graduate student, she successfully nominated Chope’s Bar and Café to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That same year, she initiated a community based project called Murals of Las Cruces. Murals of Las Cruces focuses on documenting the murals of the city while creating a conversation with the public about local history, culture, and identity. In May 2015, she received the Arts and Science Outstanding Student Service Award from New Mexico State University. Additionally, she and her husband own and operate a self-sustaining one acre farm in Mesquite, NM.