Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

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Byline: Rene Romo Journal Staff Writer

Cyber gallery succeeds withno-holds-barred philosophy

In Matt Wells' electronic art gallery, viewers aren't considered gauche for breezing past a piece of art.

After all, the idea behind "The Artists' Den" created by the 25-year-old New Mexico Tech graduate student is to allow art lovers, or the merely curious, to quickly view as many pieces of original art as possible and provide artists, amateurs and professionals, with a venue big enough to exhibit whatever they want.

So far, Wells said, the state-owned cyber gallery created on behalf of New Mexico Tech's Computer Science Department has been a great success.

In its third or fourth week in January, the Web site, which had been featured by several Web browsers, was receiving about 150,000 hits a day.

While there are a number of cyber art galleries, or directories, available on the Internet, The Artists' Den is unusual in that artists may post displays of whatever work they want, for free, without prior review, and without having to adhere to any particular standard or gallery owner's tastes. …

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