Alumni

Graduate Alumni

 

2022

Alexandria Zuniga de Dóchas
https://alekdedochas.com/home.html
https://www.dryad-archives.net
MFA Catalog 

Alexandria Zuniga de Dóchas (p/k/a Alek de Dóchas)(b. 1995) is a trans-femme latinx creative worker and interdisciplinary artist whose practice responds to imperial and colonial violence on the earth and its inhabitants through a wide range of media including performance, film, installation, and illustration. A large body of work surrounds Zuniga de Dóchas’s alter ego and drag persona, the Dryad, and their existential journey as a queer embodiment of the Earth during the late stages of capitalism. Through the means and material available to them, Zuniga de Dóchas hopes to cultivate a sense of solidarity and kinship across different forms and walks of life, and to challenge Eurocentric notions of social, political, and economic value.

Zuniga de Dóchas attended Pacific Northwest College of Art (Oregon) and Boise State University (Idaho), graduating with a BFA in Visual Art at the latter institute in the Spring of 2018, and with their MFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico’s Art & Ecology program in 2022. Their work has been exhibited and published nationally from coast to coast as well as internationally–notably being included in the 2022 Venice Biennale–and they have performed in internationally-exhibited and award-winning films.

2021

Dylan McLaughlin
coverground.org

Dylan McLaughlin is a video artist working to deconstruct and make transparent the tensions in relationship to technology and how perceptions are translated to ecology of place. In his multi-media installation, interactive, and performative works, he looks to engage the poetics and politics of landscape formation and human affect. McLaughlin creates works that respond to place, using materials that speak from landscapes, incorporating technology that activates or provides a container from which to experience.

Michael Segura
holyisthecat.com

my home town of San Bernardino with a movement called San Bernardino Generation Now. I have a BA in Graphic Design from California State University of San Bernardino and currently attend University of New Mexico for an MFA in Art & Ecology. When I finish my educational journey I will return home. I plan to stay local, support local, and teach local to inspire others to reach for greater heights.


2020

Ragini Bhow
raginibhow.com

Ragini b.1991 in Minneapolis, is an artist working between India and USA. Bhow lived and worked from Bangalore India (her family home) to the Thar Desert Rajasthan and Mumbai before recently moving back to the US to enrol in the MFA Art & Ecology program at the University of New Mexico. Primarily an installation artist she works between wide-ranging scales and mediums including sculpture, photography, film and drawing to communicate a deep fascination with the immaterial and uncanny. Influenced by energies and entities operating between inner and outer landscapes, Bhow explores the unknown, synchronicity, and their connection to afterlife. Her work presents a tense convergence of elements such as light and metal to suspend space between illusion and metaphor. Bhow has exhibited her work in solo and group shows within India and globally including Kleine-Humboldt Galerie Berlin, KHOJ New Delhi, GallerySKE Bangalore, and Galerie Mirchandani & Steinruecke Mumbai; She has participated in residencies such as The Story of Light, Goa commissioned for the United Nation’s 2015 International Year of Light Festival where she created a large scale public installation along the Indian ocean shore. The artist currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kristen Geary
kristengeary.com

Kristen Geary uses drawing, installation, text and performance to explore relationships within neocolonial systems of exchange. Her most recent work addresses the journeys of tropical fruit imported to the United States. In 2012 Kristen graduated with a BA in Art Education K-12 from Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico in the Art and Ecology program.

nicholas jacobsen
nicholasbjacobsen.com

nicholas b jacobsen is a seventh-generation Utah-Mormon, European-U.S. American raised in the traditional Nuwu (Southern Paiute) homelands. They use self-critique to learn about and unlearn Whiteness, settler-colonialism, and human exceptionalism. By altering objects and imagery from their U.S., Mormon, and desert upbringing they highlight aspects of these histories and mythistries that are often left between the lines in U.S. American myths of innocence and supremacy. They received an MFA in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico in 2020 and a BFA in ceramics/sculpture from Southern Utah University. jacobsen has received several awards including: Juror’s Prize at Distant Ceramics, and Omaha’s “Best Emerging Artist,” “Best New Media Artist,” and one of “Five Artists to Watch.” Their works have been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S. and internationally. They’ve been published in The Mobile Library, The Alibi, Omaha World Herald, and Things Organized Neatly. Hear from nicholas on the podcasts “A Guide to Art, Activism, and Culture” and “Erratic Conversations.”

Jessica Zeglin
jessicazeglin.com

Jessica Zeglin’s artwork uses sound, drawing, textiles and installation to engage skills of listening and empathy for ourselves and our human and other-than-human kin. Her current research involves comparative acoustic ecology studies of grasslands, seeking to redistribute these sounds in places where they have been lost. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and is a third year student in the Master of Fine Arts program in Art and Ecology.

2019

Viola Arduini
violaarduini.com

Viola is an Italian artist currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In her work, she investigates the relationships formed by humans, animals, and technology. Graduated in Documentary Photography (MA) from University of South Wales (UK) in 2015, she’s completed her MFA in Art & Ecology at University of New Mexico in 2019.

 

2018

Kaitlin Bryson
kaitlinbryson.com

MFA Catalog 

Kaitlin Bryson is a queer, ecological/bio artist concerned with environmental and social justice and primarily works with fungi as collaborators, materials, and metaphors. Her art practice is research-based and most often collaborative, highlighting the potency of working together to realize change and justice. In 2019, Bryson co-founded The Submergence Collective, an environmental arts collective focused on projects that imagine more collaborative, creative, hopeful, and ecologically connected futures for our human species and rest of the living world.

 

Bryson received an MFA in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico and works as a practicing artist, land-steward, and radical educator. Bryson has received support from the Lannan and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation(s) to create ecologically remediative artworks nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of the 2022 Future Art Award: Ecosystem X from Mozaik Philanthropy, a 2022 Fulcrum Fund from 516 Arts, and has exhibited throughout the Unites States, Europe, Mexico, Ireland, and Nepal as well as in notable festivals such as Ars Electronica (AT) and Politics of the Machine (DE). Her artwork and activism have been featured in books such as, “In Search of Mycotopia: Citizen Science, Fungi Fanatics, and the Untapped Potential of Mushrooms”, by Doug Bierend and The New Farmer’s Almanac “The Grand Land Plan” and will be included in the November 2022 Edition of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.

 

Hollis Moore
hollislmoore.com

Hollis is an artist and educator currently living in Albuquerque, NM. She investigates environmental issues related to water scarcity with performative field research, printmaking, and installation. Moore begins each project by facing a tenuous perception on an ecological system and progresses as she unfolds her knowledge about that place. Her deformation of knowledge results in materialization of artwork. She brings process to the forefront: knowledge as process, land as process, and making as process. What materializes is reciprocity with the land. Moore has participated in artist residencies with Women’s Studio Workshop, Land Arts of the American West, LEAP, and Signal Fire Arts. Her work has been included in Emergency Index Performance Publication and in shows at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Tamarind Institute, and Texas A & M University Islander Gallery. She earned her MFA from UNM in 2018 and her BA from Colorado College in 2013.

Lara Goldmann / www.laragoldmann.com

 

2017

Erin Fussell / https://erinfussell.com/

 

2016

Adrian Pijoan / http://adrianpijoan.net/

Staci Page / https://www.landworkstudio.com/

Cristine Posner / https://www.cristineposner.com/

 

2015

Russell Bauer / MFA Catalog 

www.EdibleCarnival.org

Elizabeth Shores / http://www.elizabethshores.com/

 

2014

Nina Dubois / MFA Catalog 

http://ninadubois.info/

Lea Andersson / http://leamartaandersson.com/

Ryan Henel / https://www.ryanhenel.com/

 

2013

Jane Gordon / http://janegordonart.com/

 

Undergraduate Alumni

Eric-Paul Riege (2017)
ericpaulriege.com/

Moriah Fiebeger (2015)

Jami Porter Lara (2013)
www.jamiporterlara.com/

Adele Ardent
www.adeleardent.com/

Ian Kerstetter
kerstetter.wixsite.com

Kodi Wilhelm