New Mexico’s State Register of Cultural Properties has an addition to its registry. The Hurd family home, belonging to artists Peter Hurd and his wife Henriette Wyeth-Hurd is a 40-acre compound that adds to the state’s history and architecture. Anthropology graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences in New Mexico, Brittany Porter recommended the Hurd House and Studios to the New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee, because of the history and significance the artists have made to New Mexico.
Porter was able to study the Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth-Hurd papers in the Archives of American Art as she received grants from both the Archaeology Society of New Mexico and NMSU College of Arts and Sciences.
According to NMSU Anthropology Professor Emerita, Beth O’Leary, “Porter is the first NMSU student to present a nomination to the committee and have it approved before she had completed her master’s degree.”