OPENING NIGHT EVENTS

Member Preview/Artist Talks: 5-6pm
Members of the Friends of 516 ARTS were invited to a special private preview and walk-through with short talks by artists including Felipe Castelblanco, Tarrah Krajnak, Miguel Gandert, Billy Joel Miller and Juna Rosales Muller.  Not a member?  Join the Friends of 516 ARTS today at www.516arts.org/join.

Public Opening: 6-8pm
Everyone was invited to celebrate the reception of At Home in the World, with performances curated by artist Billy Joe Miller as part of his installation Writha.  Performers included Bryce Fletcher Hample and Chuy Martinez & Oti Ruiz.

GJC Crop1Coffee and hot chocolate were available from Green Joe Coffee Truck.  15% of the proceeds from Green Joe Coffee Truck sales for the evening went directly to 516 ARTS!

Founder, Vincent LaVolpa who built his business from the ground up, says "Green Joe is Guiseppe Verdi in Italian.  It is a ship that made voyages from Italy to Ellis Island.  My great-grandfather came to this country when he was 14 years old to chase the American Dream.  I have named the Green Joe Coffee Truck after that ship, as it is also the vessel that I travel in to find my American Dream."

Light refreshments will be served, as well as beer and wine available from Tractor Brewing.


About the Presenting Artists:

Felipe Castelblanco is a multidisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, performance, sculpture and networked installations, his work creates participatory experiences ofpublicness and enables coexistent encounters between unlikely audiences and across vast distances. Felipe holds and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and in 2012 attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. His work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art; (FAD) Fundação Nacional de Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; FIVAC festival in Camaguey Cuba; the Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh; PRACTICE Gallery in Philadelphia; the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia, and in storefronts and street corners throughout United States. Felipe has been the recipient of the 2013 John Fergus Post MFA Fellowship at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio; the 2014 Starr Fellowship at the Royal Academy in London, UK; and most recently commissioned by the U.S Department of Education and Zero1 to develop a participatory project in the Philippines during the Spring of 2015, through the American Arts Incubator exchange program.

Miguel A. Gandert was born in Española and grew up in Santa Fe. For Gandert, who continues to use traditional black-and-white film, photography gives voice to the voiceless and tells community stories that have been forgotten or ignored, but are profoundly important to the modern world. His work has been shown in galleries and museums internationally and is in a number of public collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and was selected for the 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His book Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2000) accompanied the inaugural exhibit of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He has collaborated with renowned scholars, most recently on In the Company of Empty Crosses with Arturo Madrid and The Plazas of New Mexico with Chris Wilson. Gandert is Distinguished Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Albuquerque.

Billy Joe Miller says: "I am drawn to mysticism, contemplative space and transformative narratives in nature. I create multi-media interactive installations that are often in non-traditional locations, collaborative and invite the participant to go inward and consider their own relationship with nature and their surroundings. I grew up in San Diego and studied painting and installation with William Feeney. In 2006, I moved to New Mexico and began working in hospice as a nursing assistant. This proximity to death influenced my art practice. I became more interested in story-telling, sacred space, last rites and similar rituals created around death, and I began to experiment with ritual performances and artifacts as a way to creatively re-envision spiritual expression."

Juna Rosales Muller is a fabric artist, printmaker, outdoor educator, and agricultural worker. She has became engaged in creating socially engaged art through leading border education trips for high school students. In her work with clothing cast-off by migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, she explores themes of inclusion, identity, nationalism, and community. These themes are expanded through collaborative workshops in the tradition of American quilting bees, where dialogue and storytelling play a key role. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, as well as in Packard Hall in Colorado Springs, Colorado and at City Hall and the Ojai Valley Museum in Ojai, California. With a focus in Political Ecology, Juna received a B.A. in Southwest Studies and took numerous art courses at Colorado College, where she had the opportunity to do extensive field work. She currently a practices art, educates kids about their local watershed, and works in the citrus industry in her hometown of Ojai, California.


Images (L to R): Miguel Gandert, Juna Rosales Muller, Felipe Castelblanco, Tarrah Krajnak, Billy Joe Miller