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Sanitary Tortilla Factory
401-403 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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sheri grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. The first decade of her life set the stage for a dizzying cycle of homelessness, incarceration and addiction. The moment that changed her life forever was a counselor asking something no one had ever asked, What are you good at? An art award in fourth grade was the response. Shortly after that conversation, the counselor took sheri on a tour of the University of Arizona’s art department and museum. After attending Central Arizona Community College, sheri received a full academic tuition waiver and a fine arts scholarship to the University of Arizona. A few detours added a couple of additional charges-ultimately sheri flourished. She received a BFA in Ceramics and Queer Theory and went on to earn an MFA in Sculpture from the University of New Mexico.

sheri started her own dyi artspace in 2006 to create a space for rarely shown queer, poc artists in the region. At the time, most exhibition opportunities in Albuquerque belonged to the boy’s club. In 2015 sheri built out the iconic, vacant restaurant the Sanitary Tortilla Factory. The space continues to support queer and POC artists in a comprehensive way.

sheri is a 2023 Art For Justice Fellow and a 2017 Right of Return Fellow. Recent press highlights her commitment to the transformational power of art in communities https://hyperallergic.com/835758/the-art-world-isnt-enough-sher-crider/ Her work has been exhibited nationally with recent solo and important exhibitions at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, University of Arizona Museum of Art, and Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. In MutualArt’s press archive, sheri is featured in Artists Defend Human Dignity in the Face of Institutional Dehumanization(Hyperallergic 2021).  crider has been the recipient of grants and fellowships including the inaugural cohort of Open Philanthropy’s Right of Return Fellowship which supports the creation of original artworks to further criminal justice reform and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in critically acclaimed periodicals including PBS Newshour, and other notable periodicals.

Collaboratively and singularly sheri is deeply dedicated to creative pursuits that center on solace, respite, magic, and belonging.

Mobile Abolition Library – Art for Justice project SPRING 2024

The exterior image of the abolition library is an image taken near Douglas, Arizona. The “integrated fixed towers” (IFTs) are the largest and most costly surveillance sites in North America. The IFTs shed a dark shadow on the landscape that has both witnessed and absorbed the traumatic histories of colonialism – a direct lineage to mass incarceration. The Ocotillo cactus sways organically in contrast to the steady, high pitch electronics of the massive surveillance site and offers a metaphor for the United States staggering budgets for incarceration. Ocotillos have multiple and contradictory uses- they are frequently used to create fences and as a medicinal paste to slow the bleeding of fresh wounds.

TRANSVEIL Albuquerque/Santa Fe/TX 20-26

Transveil, with Christine Wong Yap’s Flags of Safety and Resilience

TRANSVEIL is a mobile surveillance trailer redeployed as a mutual aid and community organizing site. The mobile surveillance trailer redeployed as a mutual aid and community organizing site. The function of piece is to subvert surveillance as a strategy for safety while creating space to re-imagine safety, crime and punishment. The piece mimics local policing tactics equating surveillance and safety. Recreating the device to serve the needs of a community is a powerful gesture. During the six week installation in the Wells Park Neighborhood, the unit served as both fundraising site and a site utilized to distribute fresh vegetables, toiletry items, clothing and referrals for mental health care.

The project became a site for artist and community engagement. Christine Wong Yap organized Flags of Safety and Resilience, a week-long social practice project examining the questions: How do we minimize, mitigate, or cope with threats to our safety? What supports our physical safety? What supports our psychological safety—feeling accepted and respected?

Fronteristx collective, House of An-Aesthesia (HOAA), created a performance that utilizes fashion as a tool to disrupt our collective numbness to the surveillance and policing we experience in everyday spaces. HOAA interrogates the intersections of fashion, race, gender, sexuality, ability, policing, and capitalism in order to build life-affirming communities through an abolitionist framework. The expanded work will work with local artist groups and organizers to expand its local impact.

The first iteration of the project was sited at Off Lomas, a project by Candice Hopkins and Raven Chacon.

TRANSVEIL demonstrates how structural investments in communities might create the most change. Obie Weathers III, is a visual artist currently incarcerated on Texas death row. Weathers work centers on empathy and meditation, while creating work with little resources on the inside.

Christine Wong Yap installing, Flags of Safety & Resilience
Manuel, Working Classroom staff assisting in sewing flags designed by community members.
HOUSE OF AN-AESTHESIA, performance presented by Fronteristxs in conjunction with ABQ Mutual Aid Drive

Alburquerque!!

Albuquerque International Sunport, 2021

Alburquerque!!, 12′ x 50′ enamel on aluminum panel.

In the summer of 21, sheri designed and led a social practice project to create a permanent, monumental public art for the Albuquerque International Sunport. The final 12’x50′ postcard greets travelers with images ranging from original iconography of the Zia Pueblo, the death of a transgender woman at the hands of ICE in 2018, the 1680 pueblo revolt, zinc labor protests, Blackdom and the rarely acknowledged author of the Duran Consent Decree.

The innovative studio employed both system impacted youth artists and youth scholars to reimagine a 1950’s Albuquerque post card. Visiting artists, NANI CHACON (ABQ )GRACE ROSARIO PERKINS)(ABQ), ANDREA DELEON(ABQ), worked with students in developing finished work for the public art component at the Albuquerque Sunport. The group incorporated working studio discussions, field trips to museums, and visits to critical sites as a backdrop to create the core images that represent the complex history of this region.

Install at the Sunport!
Anjelica Abeita with her Zia design.
The Pueblo Revolt, by Nani Chacon

Other Targets, 2020

University of Arizona Art Museum

Silence Still Equals Death, gouache and enamel on paper. Collection of the UA Art Museum

Other TARGET/s connects visual imagery created by M. Jenea Sanchez, Gabriella Munoz, Shontina Vernon and sheri crider with historical artworks from the permanent collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art. The artists examine intersections of the complicated histories of prejudice, fear, fascination, and social and economic underpinnings that mine the permanent divisions between us and them while the works on loan anchor the exhibition, citing the long trajectory of “otherness.”  

Merchandise sales to benefit DouglaPrieta Works.

 

HUMANITRON, a fictional video game from the 80’s that might have made us more empathetic, sheri crider in collaboration with youth coders.
Installation view, Border Rescue Beacon (L) Manifest Destiny (foreground), sheri crider, GRRRL Justice (rear left), Shontina Vernon and M. Jenea Sanchez’s, The Mexican Woman’s Post Apocalyptic Survival Guide in the Southwest.

Flight, 2018

A brief history of migration and your tiny swipe, installation detail.
A brief history of migration and your tiny swipe, sequence detail.
Rock, paper, scissors, Race, class, gender.
A moment of disconnection we can build on, VR still.
Casa Padre’s $955 Million Industry, Gouache/enamel on paper, 2017.
Silence Still Equals Death, Cibola Detention Center, Gouache/enamel on paper, 2017 Collection of UAAM.

The exhibition and series of events were sponsored by the Right of Return Fellowship which supports formerly incarcerated artists creating original works that can further criminal justice reform in partnership with advocates and organizers.


New Mexico Museum of Art, 2017

N35W106 with six paintings.

Bee Hotel, 2016