Current Graduate Students

Alisha Anderson

Alisha Anderson was born and raised in northern California. She received a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, where she was awarded The Floyd O’Neil Fellowship in Western American Studies. She was a Bears Ears Artist in Residence through Utah Diné Bikéyah, and a Spiritual Ecology Fellow through the Kalliopeia Foundation. Her work focuses on the confluence of identity and Earth, in an attempt to question (and reposition) how humans fit in this world.

Rachel Bordeleau

Rachel Bordeleau is fiber-based artist born and raised in the midwest. As a weaver and natural dyer, her work relies on the relationships between craft and the natural world. Her work currently explores various aspects of human ecology and how we can empower ourselves as citizens of the earth with autonomy in an increasingly bureaucratic and capitalist political system. Rachel holds a B.S. in Fashion and Textile Design from The University of Wisconsin and an A.A.S. in Textile and Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Alek De Dóchas

Alek de Dóchas is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Albuquerque, NM & Boise, ID who works primarily in a combination of ceramic sculpture, video, performance, and installation. They have 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. De Dóchas is currently a graduate student in the University of New Mexico’s MFA Art & Ecology program. In their studio practice, Alek explores eco-philosophy, deep ecology, and environmental activism as well as their own identity as a queer Latinx artist in the United States and how those topics intersect. Future exhibitions will be announced as they approach.

Eleonora Edreva

Eleonora Edreva is an artist, researcher, smeller, educator, collaborator, co-producer, worker, renter, and mischief-maker born in Bulgaria and raised in Chicago. Their artistic work orients around the idea that connection, play, and collective sensory experiences are strategies for bringing people more fully into individual and collective strength. To that end, they create interactive, participatory, and game-based tools for navigating and engaging the world as our most abundant selves. Eleonora holds a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago and is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.

Karina Faulstich

Karina Faulstich is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice hinges on themes of queer ecofeminism. Her work attends to issues of wreckage and reparation, exploring connections between social and environmental issues. Karina studies Butoh dance and is the choreographer for the ongoing project Wilderness Mute, a collaborative and multimedia anti-nuclear performance. Her recent work centers on textiles and alternative printmaking techniques including cyanotypes, rust transfers, and stitching. These explorations embrace and simultaneously subvert traditionally feminine “crafts” to highlight contemporary dilemmas rooted in patriarchy and settler-colonialism. Karina received her B.F.A. from Pitzer College in 2015. She is the recipient of a Mellon Environmental Analysis Fellowship, a Fulcrum Fund Grant and the North Street Collective Artist Residency. 

Jessica Metz

Jessica Metz is an artist and architect who was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her research and studio practice focuses on the relationship between physical landscapes, psychological landscapes, and systems of power involved in natural resource development, production, and consumption. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and is working towards a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico. She currently lives in Albuquerque, NM.