ArtsUnexpected is an all day and evening arts showcase held at various locations on the UNM campus, surrounding community and around downtown Albuquerque. The event, scheduled for Friday, April 29, will mark the fourth year UNM’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) is hosting this fun arts extravaganza organized and curated by students.

Over 250 artists including filmmakers, dancers, thespians, visual artists and musicians of every variety will be performing and showcasing their work. Visiting artists and performers will also be coming to UNM to participate in the showcase—including Axle Contemporary from Santa Fe and high school students from the Public Academy for Performing Arts.


"I am encouraged by how much our students have taken ownership of this event and made it bigger each year," said Kymberly Pinder, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "I look forward to what new surprises they come up with—truly unexpected all day.”

Several ArtsUnexpected participants will show their work in downtown spaces, including the new CFA Downtown Studio and the Wheels Museum.

New this year to ArtsUnexpected, are three full-length CFA student shows starting at 7:30 p.m.

  • “L’Elisir d’ Amore” by Donizetti and performed by students of UNM Opera Theatre in collaboration with the UNM Concert Choir and the UNM Symphony Orchestra.
  • “Spectrum,” a stirring UNM dance student choreography showcase.
  • “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the popular hilarious musical comedy by William Finn performed by UNM’s musical theatre students.

Tickets to the three evening performances are available through UNM Ticketing

*Map and performance schedule for ArtsUnexpected. By design, some of these activities are subject to change. 

ArtsUnexpected 2016 Events


For more information on ArtsUnexpected—and a few planned productions—visit UNM’s College of Fine Arts website