A New Deal at UNM

“A New Deal at UNM: Federal funding transforms the University of New Mexico in the 1930s” This exhibit that I co-curated runs through July 2017 at the Center for Southwest Research.

The exhibit focuses on UNM’s involvement in New Deal programming, as both a recipient of funds and as a location for New Deal- related offices and programs.

Public Works Administration grant funds built several major buildings at UNM, including Scholes Hall and Zimmerman Library.

The Civilian Conservation Core worked on landscaping and planting projects and built walkways and irrigation systems

The WPA funded craftspeople and vocational students to make furnishings for campus buildings

National Youth Administration funds helped hire student workers for on- campus jobs.

Federal art projects hired painters and sculptors to create art works for campus.

Lectures scheduled throughout the exhibition run. Check on UNM Libraries website. 


Deep Waters, Thin Places

March 3-31, 2017
Opening, First Friday, March 3, 6-9pm
Artist Talk, Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm

In this immersive installation of video, performance, sound, lithography, and sculpture, Erin Fussell transforms an urban desert flood control dam into a creative site. Fussell looks at the space conceptually as a reflection of a possible internal state of being. Culturally, we build “flood control systems” within ourselves as well to live in the world. The artist’s work poses an important question, when should we control it and when should we let it flood? In one video, performers interpret visual scores inspired by engineering plans of Embudo Dam on the dam in the Sandia Foothills. Water rushes uncontrolled in another. Wooden sculptures that mimic elements of the concrete dam structure recall the materiality of the site versus the gallery, point to the relationship between the natural and built environment. The work allows the viewer to reinterpret everyday landscape and experience space, both internally and externally.

The Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Deep Waters, Thin Places, new work by Erin Fussell as the first of two exhibitions in the 2017 Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series. The Exceptional Scholar Series offers professional space for the culminating exhibition that defines the student’s launch into their profession as an artist. The series hopes to underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s historic connection to contemporary art practice.

Supported in part by Albuquerque Public Art and celebrating March’s regional Women in Creativity.

Sanitary Tortilla Factory, 401 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 12-5pm, or by appointment
Ph. 505-228-3749

About the artist:
Erin Fussell is an interdisciplinary artist working in New Mexico. After growing up in watery Portland, Oregon and traveling extensively, Fussell draws inspiration from the desert landscape. She is currently the John Gaw Meem Architecture and Design Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research and an alumni SITE Santa Fe Scholar. “Deep Waters, Thin Places” is her MFA thesis show for the Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico and part of Albuquerque’s Women in Creativity 2017.

Sheri Crider, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, sherilcrider@gmail.com



Work at 516 Arts, Feb-April 2017

February 4 – April 1, 2017

UNM Graduate Exhibition
We are in mysterious contact with the powers besieging us, ready to call forth a miracle.

Juried by Candice Hopkins

516 ARTS will host the juried UNM Graduate Art Exhibition in the downstairs gallery. Produced by the UNM Graduate Art Association and juried by Candice Hopkins, this exhibition is in celebration of 516 ARTS’ collaborative relationship and UNM College of Fine Arts and its community outreach programs.

Hopkins says, “There is potential in fragments and there is possibility in pieces and in parts. As stand-ins for the whole, they offer new narratives created out of the freedom of improvisation. On view are many parts. There is a pair of lithe hands piercing a window blind; a piece of a multi-coloured tapestry; a video of a woman repeated the words ‘sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry…;’ banners for a party that never materializes; bits of sunburned skin; peeling wallpaper; and parts of houses seemingly conjured from beneath salty surfaces.

Along with fragments there are also portraits, none of which are straightforward. Some portraits look as though they are visible because of digital interference, others picture the anxiety of our age: ‘put money in banks that align with your beliefs;’ yet others are produced through memory—the open door of a familiar bedroom—and the remainder are made visible by their traces, a golden print of body hair and three letters in the Cherokee syllabary made of thin thread.

The philosopher Walter Benjamin once wrote that ‘finished works weigh lighter than [the] fragments.’ The works at the beginning of each artists’ career are heavy with intent. Necessarily so. Collectively, they offer glimpses into other worlds, and at their best, reveal insights into ourselves, as well.”


Katelyn Bladel
Alivia Magaña
Marie Rose Brewer
Earl McBride

Mick Burson
Kristen Roles

Rusty Ayrton Chapman
Teena Lee Ryan

Rachel Donovan
Sallie Scheufler

Eugene Ellenberg
Nick Simko

Erin Fussell
Kacie Erin Smith

Erin Galvez
Zac Travis

Lara Goldmann
Ariel C. Wilson

Amy Johnson

Candice Hopkins is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon and is a citizen of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is curatorial advisor for the forthcoming documenta 14, which will be held in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany in 2017. She is formerly Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery. Hopkins received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

The University of New Mexico Graduate Art Association (GAA) represents graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History to the greater UNM and New Mexico communities. The organization is run entirely by elected graduate students, with the guidance of appointed Faculty Advisors. Their mission is to provide special opportunities for AAH graduate students and enrich their overall experience at UNM. They also serve as an advocate for AAH graduate students and as a liaison between the student body, faculty and student government.

 from 516 Arts

Images: Rachel Donovan, Untitled (doors), 2015, archival pigment print, 17 x 14 inches, Candice Hopkins, courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz


Life & Times on New Mexico Route 66 Exhibition


Please join us for the opening reception in the John Waters Room and the Willard Room at the Center for Southwest Research , September 14, 2016, 6-8pm, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of America’s mother road.

Info on the exhibit and related lectures available here through UNM Libraries.

Curator, Nancy Brown Martinez, CSWR Archivist, Reference
Asst. Curator, Jennifer Eggleston, CSWR Student Conservationist
Exhibit Asst., Erin Fussell, John Gaw Meem Architecture and Design Fellow, CSWR
Co-sponsor, Dr. Audra Bellmore, Curator of the John Gaw Meem Archive of Southwestern Architecture




6 TO 10 PM
Featuring AIR DANCE
Special thanks to POP FIZZ + THE TANNEX

8 PM TO 11 PM * $10 for one night * $15 for both

With musical performances by RAVEN CHACON

Shadow puppet show by RAE RED “Absolute Brightness” written + performed by
“Shadow Piece” by Yoko Ono performed by

ABOUT MOUTHPIECE: Visual artists, musicians and puppeteers give life to puppets, whose voices are sculpted and triggered by light. Marisa Demarco, whose grandfather was a professional puppeteer, developed this concept for experimental music performance.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Manny Rettinger, Erin Fussell, Cecilia McKinnon, Danny Crouch, Jazmyn Crosby, Jessica Chao, Beth Hansen, Monica Demarco, Marisa Demarco, Liz Rincon, Clifford Grindstaff, Ava Grindstaff, Mauro Woody, Adri De La Cruz and the Electric Girls (New Orleans)

+ WORKSHOPS ALL MONTH LONG (details at graftgallery.com)


Desert Longings opening June 25

Erin Fussell, "Dry Without You", HD video still, 2016. Part of the "Desert Longings" installation.
Erin Fussell, “Dry Without You”, HD video still, 2016. Part of the “Desert Longings” installation.

“Desert Longings”
An installation by Erin Fussell
June 25 – July 30, 2016

Opening Sat. June 25
with sounds from
Ipytor Gavyen Machislav
Trial of the Century
$5 suggested | 7-11pm

ocotillo room @ the mood salon
508 3rd Street SW | Albq. NM
open for events and by appt. only


Sound Work for Melting

Albuquerque-based artist Marietta Patricia Leis shows her work with David Vogal at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, North Carolina. The show, titled Melting, examines climate change from a personal point of view on a trip to Antarctica.  

I created the sound portion for Leis’ Drake Passage piece. 

Melting runs April 1-August 26, 2016. Leis will be in attendance for the reception on  July 1 and giving a lecture on the work on July 6. 


What is There That We Cannot See? Show & Lectures

Graduate art show on view at the UNM Art Museum. Juror: Courtney Fink.

Lecture: Courtney Fink, February 24, 5:30-7pm

In this lecture, Courtney will talk about her curatorial vision and process for the juried exhibition as well as her work in the field of artists’ spaces over the past twenty years – highlighting projects that connect to artist-centered organizing and the artist as curator.

Courtney Fink is an organizer, arts advocate and curator. She is the co-director and co-founder of Common Field, a new visual arts organizing network that connects contemporary, experimental, noncommercial artist organizations and organizers across the US and beyond. From 2002-2015 she was the Executive Director of Southern Exposure, a 41-year-old non-profit organization in San Francisco that supports visual artists.

Still from Hallowed Ground

Related: I’ll be giving a pecha kucha talk at Meeting of the Minds in the museum on March 31, 2016, 12-1pm along with other graduate artists in the show. 





(un) is my upcoming installation and performance on clearing oneself from feeling stuck.

Exhibition: February 15 – 26, 2016

Closing Reception: Friday, February 26, 5 – 7 pm, with a performance at 5:30pm

John Sommers Gallery
Art Building #84, Room 202
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9pm – 4:30pm