The painter Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage.” True to that notion and with the help of The University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts (CFA), numerous artists are flying in the face of ominous superstition on Friday, April 13. The CFA’s annual day of ArtsUnexpected will feature presentations, performances and exhibitions at various locations on and off campus.

This student-organized and curated event features over 250 artists including filmmakers, dancers, thespians, visual artists and musicians performing and showcasing their works of art throughout campus and the larger Albuquerque community. Visiting artists and performers will also be coming to UNM to participate in the fun, including Axle Contemporary from Santa Fe and high school students from the Public Academy for Performing Arts.

“Our students and their complete ownership of this day has made it a tradition that Lobos will return to as alumni to witness many years from now." said Kymberly Pinder, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "I look forward to what new surprises our students come up with – truly unexpected all day. Everyone at UNM and many throughout Albuquerque's community looks forward to this thrilling, art-filled day."

Several ArtsUnexpected participants will also show their work in off-campus spaces as part of new partnerships. A schedule of the day’s events will be available soon at

As a serendipitous special treat this year, there will also be several full-length CFA student shows on campus the evening of April 13 for visitors to top off their artful day:   

Join the CFA for ArtsUnexpected (and a few planned productions) on Friday, April 13. For more information, contact A.J. Carian at 505-277-2112 or email: ajcarian@unm.ed