This is the inaugural edition of an online journal devoted to connect the reader with art exhibitions in the greater Albuquerque area.  The editors of art review ABQ invite you, the reader, to begin looking at the art reviews written in 2016 by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico.  Students were enrolled in an art education class that aims, among other objectives, to help students become proficient at writing a critical review of a contemporary art exhibition.  Throughout the course students studied the criteria and philosophical basis for theories of art, practiced a variety of approaches to art critical inquiry, and learned to clearly describe, analyze and interpret contemporary works of art.