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



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


Meeting of the Minds Lecture

March 31, 2016 at UNM Art Museum, noon-1pm

Meeting of the Minds is an informal series of lunchtime conversations and creative interventions that allow for more intimate exchanges with the artwork on view in the UNM Art Museum. Led by faculty, students, artists, curators, and community members – this program invites multiple perspectives and fresh insights in the interpretation and experience of the visual arts.

PechaKucha talks by artists: Nick Simko , Katelyn Bladel , Stefan Batista , Eugene Ellenberg, Julianne Aguilar, and Erin Fussell

Graduate Students in Art & Art History

UNM Graduate Art Association


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.