Author: Seward, Luke

Futures/-Form 2022



Contemporary Art Galleries is pleased to present futures/-form, a visiting artist series guest curated by June T. Sanders. June is a trans artist, writer, educator, and curator from south central Washington State. She lives there still. S/he is an Assistant Professor with the Digital Technology & Culture program at Washington State University.



Featured Artists:


Jenica Heintzelman

Artist talk: 4/20/2022 6pm EST

Jenica Heintzelman is a Guatemalan-American photographer from Orlando, Florida. She attended Brigham Young University in Utah where she completed her BFA degree in photography and documentary film in 2010. Jenica received her MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School’s International Limited-Residency program in 2020. She has been named by the British Journal of Photography for the “2021 Ones to Watch: Community” and exhibited internationally at C/O Berlin and BFOTO Festival in Spain. Her book maquette Down a Stream was shortlisted for the Fiebre Dummy Award, SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 and the ICP/GOST First Book Award. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY her work explores themes of vulnerability, trauma and the notion of healing.



Rachel Fein-Smolinkski

Artist talk: 4/22/2022 6pm EST

Rachel Fein-Smolinski (b. 1992 Buffalo, NY) is an artist and educator with a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Syracuse University. Fein-Smolinski has been published in Kris Graves Project’s Solace, the design, technology, science, and science fiction website Gizmodo, Photo Emphasis, and Orenbeg Press. Their self-published artist book Psychodiagnostik (2020) is for sale through Visual Studies Workshop Press. They received the Jurors Choice award from SF Camerawork’s survey exhibition FORECAST 2020, a 2020 Artist Residency at LATITUDE in Chicago, IL, the 2019 Visual Studies Workshop residency, Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts and History of Medicine’s Research grant, the 2018 Wynn Newhouse Award for Artists of Excellence with Disabilities, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography’s Fellowship 19 International Award Honorable Mention. Their 2019 video, Referred Pain, was shown in the Video in America exhibition at The Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, SPACES  in Cleveland, OH, and Silver Eye Center for Photography. They have had solo shows at The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art, The Griffin Museum of Photography, and SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Health Sciences Library. They have previously worked as the Digital Services Coordinator at Light Work, and are currently a Lecturer of Studio Arts with a concentration in Photography in The School of Art + Design at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



Sky Maggiore

Artist talk: 4/25/2022 6pm EST

Sky Maggiore is a lens-based interdisciplinary artist and educator from rural NY. Since receiving their BFA from Purchase College, Sky is a Graduate Assistant and Fellow in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, working as a Graduate Representative and an Instructor of Record. They are a seasonal instructor in Photography at Camp Nubar in Delancey NY and an upcoming Local Host resident artist in August 2022. Their work has been exhibited within New York State, Minnesota, and Tennessee, and published with Kris Graves Projects and The Photographer’s Greenbook.



Ally Caple

Artist talk: 4/27/2022 6pm EST

Ally Caple (b. 1995, New Haven County, Connecticut) is a photographer working and living in New York City. Her practice revolves around care as labor and the multifaceted relationships that exist outside of heteronormative ways of thinking. She currently holds positions as the Project Manager for The Photographer’s Green Book and the Research Assistant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. A graduate of SUNY Purchase College, she received a BFA in Photography and BA in Arts Management in 2017. Caple has completed programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is currently the Spring Fellow at Magnum Foundation.



Manda Quevedo

Artist talk: 4/29/2022 6pm EST

Manda Quevedo is a Brooklyn based nonbinary Latinx photographer and bookmaker. They hold a BFA in Photography from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and are currently pursuing their Masters in Library and Information Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Manda’s photographic work tends to focus on fleeting and seemingly overlooked moments of beauty in everyday life. Their work has been exhibited across the United States as well as internationally. Manda has also attended several art book fairs across the country as a vendor for their photobook publishing operation, Quiet Pages Press.






Rafael Concepcion: Where do I know you from?

UConn Contemporary Art Galleries Presents:

Rafael Concepcion

Where do I know you from?

2/7/2022 – 3/11/2022

Artist Talk 2/23/2022 @ 6pm EST

Contemporary Art Galleries is pleased to present a photographic exhibition by Puerto Rican photographer Rafael Concepcion. The title of the exhibition, Where do I know you from?, references Concepcion’s relationship to Puerto Rico as a site of familiar origin first experienced through photographs and objects. Concepcion’s photographs position the camera as an archaeological tool for building connections through the documentation of material culture. Concepcion illustrates his relationship through portraits, landscapes and found still life scenes culminating in a rich archive of multicultural identity. Concepcion states, ” These pictures were made across multiple trips to Puerto Rico since that first endeavor, and through the implementation of visual motifs regarding wonderment, isolation, and personal history, they are an interpretation of my experience as a half Puerto Rican person, attempting to ground myself in a foreign place of familial and emotional significance.”

Rafael Concepcion (born in Danbury, Connecticut, 1993) is an artist whose work primarily deals with intersections between personal history and human behavior. His interest in photography as a primary medium stems from his curiosity with the concepts of chance and impulse. Stepping outside of the more didactic characteristics of photography, he uses his camera to delve into an emotional space that allows him the opportunity to thoroughly review facets of his day-to-day life that he might not have taken into account without a photograph. The same way a writer uses their diary, he uses photography as a means of recalling events, and using its transformative abilities to shape the way he remembers those instances in the images.

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Eden Dodd, Death Throes, 2021



<   Join us for a public artist talk on 10/28/2021 @ 6pm via Zoom   >



UConn Contemporary Art Galleries Presents:

Eden Dodd

Death Throes

10/14/2021 – 12/5/2021

Artist Talk: 10/28/2021 @ 6pm EST via Zoom

Contemporary Art Galleries is pleased to host a solo exhibition by UK based artist Eden Dodd titled Death Throes. Dodd’s mirrored glass works are soldered together using traditional stained-glass techniques. This process played an important role in the illustration of religious storytelling during the Middle Ages and continues to do so in contemporary places of worship. Dodd is interested in “mythologizing personal narratives, as a method of inviting others to empathize and understand another’s circumstance.”  Weaponry, knight’s armor, and maces are the vessels that carry Dodd’s messages as they ask us to look at fractured reflections of ourselves within medieval symbology. 

As a non-binary person, Eden Dodd (b.1994) has found a connection with fractured states within their artwork; the space between planes of existence, of dichotomies and of the physical and ethereal states. Dualities, reflections and doubles are integral to the language of their practice – the other always exists within the self. Through the lens of queerness; they can exist in both this side of the mirror and the other, simultaneously. Eden has a First-Class BA (Hons) Fine art from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a MLitt (Distinction) in Fine Art Practice from Glasgow School of Art. Their work has been exhibited solo and within group shows both nationally and internationally in Japan, Ukraine, Vienna, America. Their work is held in private collections across the world.




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UConn Contemporary Art Galleries

830 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT 06269

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Alejandro De La Guerra: La Máquina Herida (The Machine Hurt)


: )          Join us Friday 6/25/2021 from 5-7pm          : )




UConn Contemporary Art Galleries

Alejandro De La Guerra

La Máquina Herida (The Machine Hurt)

6/25/2021 – 7/21/2021


Contemporary Art Galleries is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Nicaraguan artist and current visiting fellow in residence at the UConn School of Fine Arts, Alejandro De La Guerra. Collectively, De La Guerra’s practice focuses on the aesthetics and historical memories of political power. This exhibition features new works composed of 3D printed parts, jewelry beads, chains, acrylic paint, and spray foam all anchored to traditional canvas. Fundamental to these assemblages is a process of layering as De La Guerra collides a multiplicity of historic political iconography and current political fashion sense.  


These abstractions are a departure from De La Guerra’s distinctive performance and sculptural work, marking an important moment in the artist’s visual language. The surfaces of De La Guerra’s new works are alive with optical attraction – mimicking candy and dessert. He has described these works as a “failed revolutionary aesthetic,” one assembled from the “failure” of 3D printing machines and unwieldy foam material. De la Guerra’s ability to redefine symbols of power comes to the fore in “Celda;” as a grid of blue lines representing prison bars becomes soft and malleable. We see a similar message in “Lava y Nieve (promesas políticas)” in which De La Guerra presents strips of snow on shelving housed within a mound of molten lava, all nestled under a single palm tree protruding from the top edge of the canvas.    


This exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Artist Protection Fund (APF), UConn Human Rights Institute and UConn El Instituto.


Opening Reception:


5pm – 7pm


Open by appointment only, email to schedule a visit


UConn Contemporary Art Galleries

830 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT 06269


*Masks Required