Current Projects

Information about current UETF Artist Resiliency Residency projects.

Aliens on the Border

Antonio Armani Leon - AfroMundo/The Dellsly Group

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Exhibition Dates: September 2nd - September 30th

Opening Reception: Friday, September 2nd, 5 pm - 9 pm


Secret Gallery
807 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Born out of a forfeiture of land more than a century and a half ago, Chicano/a and Mexican-American identity has long been put into question over its place in the fabricated American racial order, resulting in deeply embedded and embodied feelings of alienation, assimilation, invasion, otherness, and imaginary borders; all common and undeniable themes in science fiction. I propose that nearly all Chicano/a stories can be read through a sci-fi lens. When confronted by the underlying pull of U.S. assimilation, people of color lean on the resilience of their cultural identities to simultaneously pursue independent style while still honoring the aesthetics of their communities. Chicanafuturist author, Gloria Anzaldua, references Chicanx people often feeling “alienated from their mother culture, and alienated from their dominant culture.” This exhibit explores these notions of Chicano/a’s as the alien/other, both adapting to and resisting the(ir) new world. I abstractly invoke various Mexican/Chicano/a subcultures and examine the cracks between worlds, race, gender, the linearity of time, and the societal/cultural boundaries of the human body. Through the use of sculpture and painting inspired by family portraits, a fictional alien race is manifested and observed. This exhibition is Raza-SciFi, reinterpreting the concept of the “alien,” and pushing for a sci-fi deconstruction of colonial imagery.   

Corporeal Body: A Body of Work

Juliana Coles - National Institute of Flamenco

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Exhibit Dates: September 2nd - October 1st

Opening Reception: September 2nd, 5 pm - 8 pm

Community Events: September 16th, 3 pm - 5 pm
                                   September 24th, 10 am - 1 pm

Gallery Talk: October 1st, 1 pm - 2:30 pm


Remarque Print Workshop & Gallery
3812 Central Ave SE 100 B
Albuquerque, NM 87108


Remarque Print Workshop presents new works on paper by Albuquerque artist Juliana Coles. Highly detailed, visceral, and raw mixed media works on paper combine figure drawings and hand lettered narrative with collected vintage maps. These cartographic figurative drawings, maps of the interior, serve as tangible evidence of the journey. Lonely figures, compass roses, cartouches, and rhumb lines are tools to navigate the grief of unnecessary losses; you are not here.

New Mexico Photojournal

Sophia Fricke - National Institute of Flamenco



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Sophia Fricke walked the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, in 2021 after earning a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis. Sophia had hiked the John Muir Trail and Tahoe-Yosemite Trail in 2020, giving her restless feet an itch for a longer journey. She is deeply passionate about the complex relationship between people, culture, and land that is an integral pulse behind all life on earth. In her photographic work, she returns to the theme of skies over mountains to reflect the freedom and spiritual sense of peace and perspective that the mountains give to her. She enjoys the creative challenge of conveying not only the shapes, colors, and geometry of these places, but also their mood and the role they play as a rock that anchors her throughout the many phases of life. In the spring of 2022, Sophia was awarded a UETF Resiliency Residency with the National Institute of Flamenco as her partner organization. After completing the PCT in 2021, she spent time exploring the New Mexican wilderness. Particularly, Sophia has been fascinated by the cultural geography in this region of the North American southwest. She is creating a five-part virtual exhibit to document these explorations, and will post updates on her blog.