Past Projects

Information about past UETF Artist Resiliency Residency projects.

Celebrating El Bosque

Brian Stinson - Keshet Center for the Arts

Image of a painting of trees by Brian Stinson.


Brian Stinson is a plein air painter currently residing in Albuquerque, NM. For the last three years he has explored the beauty of the Middle Rio Grande in a series of drawings and paintings done in situ. The artist hopes that these works will serve as a basis of reflection and discussion regarding a place experiencing critical change while still exhibiting immense natural beauty for the curious viewer.

Brian’s Exhibit at the Open Space Visitor Center opens October 8th and will be on view until December 17th.

El Kookooeee se Quema

Fidel Gonzalez - AfroMundo/The Dellsly Group

Image from Fidel Gonzalez's El Kookooeee se Quema (the Burning of the Kookooee) event.


El Kookooeee se Quema (the Burning of the Kookooee) is an event where community members write their fears on pieces of paper that are then dropped and burned inside the Kookooee - a symbol of the community's collective freedom from fears.

Fidel Gonzalez opened the event as an Aztec dancer as well as performed experimental, improvised music along with a group of musicians I convened for this event called Los Hijos del Kookooee.

When the Veil Thins

Elizabeth Garland and Keely Mackey - FUSION

Poster from Elizabeth Garland's and Keely Mackey's performance, When the Veil Thins.


When the Veil Thins celebrates Dia de Los Muertos and Celtic Samhain with a one-night only performance! Holding our ancestors close and celebrating them, in an evening of original compositions, choreography, sword dancing and more! Put on by Delphi Project, featuring internationally award-winning composers Elizabeth Garland and Keely Mackey-Gonzales aka Celloquacious.

This unique show is unlike anything else in Albuquerque! Featuring music from "Futuristic Antiquity," Delphi Project is Neo-classical, ranging from dynamic to dreamlike, always different, and truly moving. Accompanied by professional musicians and performance artists, When the Veil Thins, will provide a haunting, reflective, and celebratory romp for all ages, to mark the magic of this time of year.


Helen Juliet Atkins - Puha Hubiya

Flyer from Helen Juliet Atkins' painting event for her mural "Visible."



Helen Juliet Atkins, in partnership with Secret Gallery, is hosting a live painting event of her mural “Visible” at Boese Brothers Brewing in Downtown Albuquerque. Her mural celebrates three local working-class individuals and takes inspiration from their lives and stories. Helen Juliet Atkins is an accomplished artist who has completed multiple commissions across Albuquerque and works at the Harwood Art Center.

The mural launch will take place Friday, October 21st with a Halloween Art Market and music by Sazoram and DJ Mo.


Corporeal Body: A Body of Work

Juliana Coles - National Institute of Flamenco

Three mixed media works on paper by artist Juliana Coles.


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.

Aliens on the Border

Antonio Armani Leon - AfroMundo/The Dellsly Group

Flyer for Antonio Armani Leon's exhibition, Aliens on the Border.


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.   


Adrian Pijoan - FUSION

Flyer for Adrian Pijoan's exhibit, "Eyeshine."


"Eyeshine" explores an encounter with the paranormal through an installation of video, animation, and sculpture. Adrian uses his long-running paranormal researcher alter-ego, Dr. Howard, to explore his anxieties that arise from the tension between the horrific real, and the sublime unreal. "Eyeshine" is a loving and sometimes bittersweet homage to these stories and the sustenance they provide during difficult times--a vision into both outer space and inner worlds.

Check out the Albuquerque Courier Review!


Gabriel Carrion-Gonzales - National Institute of Flamenco

Image of Gabriel Carrion-Gonzales' installation, Floatie.


Floatie was a collaboration between Gabriel Carrion-Gonzales and Mikey S. as well as 6 other community members who put work into design, costume creation and choreography. The installation was designed to bring summer fun into any space, and it certainly brought that to many places! Floatie premiered at SOMOS 2022, and had several pop-ups around the city, including three Queer/Pride celebrations, including Gabriel’s own class; XenXual. XenXual is a celebration of queer arts and is a class in finding self-confidence and sensuality.


Celloquacious: I Speak Through My Cello

Keely Mackey-Gonzales - FUSION

Image for Keely Mackey-Gonzales' album.


Mackey wrote this album as a love letter to Nature in music form, as gratitude for the healing she experiences when she is immersed in nature’s elements. Since Mackey composes and plays from her heart, this can be felt by her listeners. People have described Keely’s nature-inspired music as “healing: simultaneously relaxing and invigorating,” “beautifully haunting lush cello-y vibes,” and “luring sounds from antiquity.” She will engage you, surprise you, and hold space for you with this performance.

Check out the Albuquerque Courier article!

Lithosphere Heart

Tatiana Isabel Gil - FUSION

Flyer for Tatiana Isabel Gil's choreopoem, "Lithosphere Heart."


A young woman, reckless in her pursuit of her deepest desires, learns how to love herself while reconciling the intersections of her identity as Queer, Catholic and Latina. Through a kaleidoscopic landscape of music, prayer, memory, art, and imagination punctuated by four love affairs, Lithosphere Heart chronicles the soaring heights and scarring lows of teenage Alejandra's journey towards self-discovery and healing. This mixed-media theater dance choreo-poem workshop performance explores selected movement pieces from Tatiana Isabel's full length play, Lithosphere Heart.


Meet the Cast

Meet the Creative Facilitators

Midnite Theatre

Rhiannon Frazier - FUSION

Poster for Rhiannon Frazier's fringe theatre production.


This fringe theatre production featured a host, a local talent and included everything from murderous puppets, exciting short plays, a visual art installation and a musical comedy act featuring Hakim Bellamy.

bodies (part one)

Sarah Groth - Keshet Center for the Arts

Image from Sarah Groth's Bodies (part one) performance.


Bodies (part one) was presented during the Albuquerque Contemporary Dance Festival’s film night at FUSION Forum.

Edmund and the Astronaut

Sarah Loeppke and Ross Kelly - FUSION

Image of Sarah Loeppke and Ross Kelly's robot named Edmund from their play, "Edmund and the Astronaut."


When an astronaut is stranded on a distant planet, they discover they are not alone! Stranded with them is a small lonely robot named Edmund.

Edmund and the Astronaut is a creative new play by residency artist team JoyrKade. Using the UETF Residency grant, they were able to get buy-in from a robotics team in California to build out a fully functional robot who will be the star of this play. 

Behind the Scenes Video


Jamie Rose - National Institute of Flamenco

Poster for Jamie Rose's exhibition, "Chimera."


Chimera is a collection of charcoal drawings with inspiration from the Japanese art of Kitsugi-the practice of fixing cracks with gold. Presented at Silver Bar Studios, Chimera is a celebration of women in all forms.


Tiffanie Irizarry and Joseph Arnoux - Puha Hubiya

Poster from Tiffanie Irizarry and Joseph Arnoux's exhibition.


Exhibition hosted by Orpheum Community Hub, the show examines portraits ranging from historical and contemporary, in both Indigenous and pop cultures.