2019-2020 Jurors Evan Garza, Mónica Ramírez-Montagut & Imin Yeh

2019-2020 Fulcrum Fund Recipients

This year’s jurors were: Evan Garza, Former Director Rice Public Art, Houston TX; Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Director Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and Imin Yeh, Artist & Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. The applicants were from 12 cities within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque. They selected 10 proposals from a total of 114 submitted.

Roberto Appicciafoco, Albuquerque • Queer X • $7,500

Queer X focuses on experimental filmmakers working internationally while tracing queer aesthetics through historical works, presenting quintessential LGBTQ film and video, alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers. The program(s) showcases contemporary works by queer artists alongside works by their historical predecessors in queer-oriented film and video. In addition to the art film screenings, there is a lecture series and a Q & A with the invited filmmakers as well as an exhibition catalog.

Jade Begay, Santa Fe • Cosmo Vision • $8,000

Cosmo Vision is a virtual reality and short film series featuring three multimedia Indigenous and immigrant artists. Each artist will take the viewer on an intimate journey through their creative process and provide perspective into how their cosmologies impact their future outlook and art production. Each artist’s perspective creates a just and liberated world in which Indigenous and migrant peoples experience restored self-determination.

Cannupa Hanska Luger, “The One Who Checks & The One Who Balances” site-specific land acknowledgement, Taos, NM for Jade Begay’s “Cosmo Vision” photo by Dylan McLaughlin

Ayrton Chapman, Los Lunas • Edible Carnival • $5,000

Edible Carnival is a techno-grotesque traveling eco-spectacle that creates and tours interactive sculptures and performances that delight and educate. Carnival Games is a new series of smaller works designed to be portable and installable anywhere. Funding goes towards the development of a new line of games based on classic favorites with a twist, and explores ecology, food production, and power systems.

Karina Faulstich, Albuquerque • Wilderness Mute • $4,000

Wilderness Mute is a multidisciplinary performance weaving together music, installation, and Butoh dance that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb. Inspired by personal stories from Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and affected communities of New Mexico, this project is a statement about the urgency of preventing further nuclear war and disasters.

Hernan Gomez Chavez & Yvette Serrano, Santa Fe • Querencia • $6,500

Alluding to belonging and home, Querencia is a mobile art piece that uses a bicycle to pull a trailer that looks like a mobile home. The trailer isa walk-in space that directly engages Santa Fe’s South side community. Using public engagement, Querencia speaks to housing issues and the history of segregation and displacement in Santa Fe.

Jonathan Hartshorn, Albuquerque • Calendar • $8,000

Calendar is a backyard gazebo located in Albuquerque’s Highland neighborhood that showcases the work of contemporary artists through exhibitions and special project. Support from the Fulcrum Fund supports a 2020 program of solo exhibitions featuring Eve Fowler, Sun You, Joshua Abelow, Jeffrey Tranchell, and Stephen Maine.

Kate Kendall, Santa Fe • Rio Grande Flow • $4,000

Rio Grande Flow is a collaboration between art and geology that will consider the past, present, and future flow of the Rio Grande River. Kendall is creating and exhibiting sand peel sculptures and a small publication meant to capture and depict the strata of the sediment deposits in the upstream part of the Rio Grande River System. The publication delves deeper into describing the sand peel sculptures and develops a narrative of flow (flow of water, sand, people, and time) that highlights the social history and geopolitics of the Rio Grande in Northern New Mexico.

Nuttaphol Ma, Santa Fe • “.. with Liberty and Justice for All” • $3,000

“… with Liberty and Justice for All” is a zine publication that chronicles Ma’s forthcoming durational performances of stitching onto his appropriation of the U.S. flag at sites of public gatherings, sites of arrivals and departures and sites of longing. The work examines how Ma’s action and the sharing of his rewritten pledge of allegiance counter the recent xenophobic rhetoric made by the President of the United States when he told four congresswomen to “go back to their country.” The socio-political intervention invites curious passerby to meaningful conversations on how we can re-imagine the pledge of allegiance to achieve a more equitable space.

Ruben Olguin, Bernalillo • Past Futures • $6,000

Using archival imagery, histories, and maps of Albuquerque’s South Valley and Barelas neighborhoods, Ruben Olguin leads the creation and presentation of two public exhibition video mapping and sound performance events. The project works with local student organizations to create performative events at sites throughout Albuquerque, as well as the production of digital artworks of sound, video, which incorporate maps, media, and documentation about the histories and contributions of People of Color to the Albuquerque area.

Grace Rosario Perkins, Albuquerque • Couples Therapy • $8,000

Couples Therapy is a space and publisher that presents New Mexico-based artists and ideas through a lens of intentionality and intersectionality, by creating a conversation that enriches and redefines the landscape of contemporary New Mexican art. Through curatorial pairings, DIY aesthetics, and a year of programming, Couple Therapy provides exhibitions, Risograph books, and poster editions in what is both part gallery and part classroom for community based workshops, drop-in Risograph publishing, and public events.


Evan Garza, Director of Rice Public Art, Rice University, Houston, TX

As Director of Rice Public Art, Evan Garza oversees public art initiatives on the Rice University campus, including oversight of the university’s collection of public artworks and the management and programming of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. A Houston native, Garza served as Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin from 2014-2016 and is co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency, a New York nonprofit and the first LGBTQ artist residency in the United States.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut has been the director of the Newcomb Art Museum since 2014. Under her tenure Newcomb has presented innovative projects including EMPIRE by artist collective Fallen Fruit, Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana, Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists, Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, and numerous solo exhibitions. She received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Most recently, she was the Associate Director and Senior Curator for MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana and was previously the Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, both in San Jose/Silicon Valley, California. She was Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, among other curatorial positions.

Imin Yeh, Assistant Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Imin Yeh is an interdisciplinary and project-based artist working in sculpture, installation, and participatory events. Her projects use Print Media as a technical tool for realizing the ambition of large-scaled work and Print as a conceptual strategy for exploring free, exchange, and craft-based economies. The projects utilize repetitive handcraft and mimicry as a strategy for examining the issues around the unseen labor and production that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. Recent exhibitions include the San Jose Museum of Art, Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), and at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). She has been an Artist in Residency at Montalvo Art Center (Saratoga, CA), Blue Mountain Center (New York), Sandarbh Artist Workshop (Partapur, India), and at Recology San Francisco. Yeh is the recipient of a Eureka Fellow ship from the Fleishhacker Foundation and an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.