MARVELS. // May-July 2018

So proud to be involved in projects like MARVELS. at the Portland Art Museum

Marvels. presents Stephanie Syjuco’s notMoMA, a work of social practice art engaging local high school students. With this work, conceptual artist Syjuco investigates how museum collections are accessed and how museums shape notions of value and originality. NotMoMA asks students to remake artworks from the Museum of Modern Art (New York) collection by studying them on MoMA’s website. Their task is to reproduce the work to the best of their ability with the resources available to them. With notMoMA, Syjuco questions: What happens when young art students are tasked with refabricating famous artworks—works they have never seen in person? Do the aura of famous artworks still exist when remade by others?

To begin the project, guest artistic director Libby Werbel asked curators from three independent art spaces in Portland—Melanie Flood Projects, UNA Gallery, and c3:initiative—to select works using MoMA’s website that they would like to see on view at the Portland Art Museum. From this selection students from Jefferson High School, Gresham High School, and Reynolds High School chose pieces to study and recreate.


Dozens of students have fabricated artworks for the installation in the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art. The fully handmade show aims to bridge gaps in the students’ understandings of “high art” by inviting them to access the works via their own do-it-yourself vision. Whether considered copies, translations, or even mis-translations, all resulting works are unique expressions in their own right. To accompanyMarvels., c3:initiative will host a satellite exhibition featuring documentation of the process to realize this version of notMoMA, as well as portraits of the student artists and further inquiries into community engaged art forms.

NotMoMA is the first social practice work to enter the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum. The work was acquired through a collaboration between the museum’s Education department and Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA program. It was selected during a public event in 2015 where several works of socially engaged art were presented, debated, and voted upon by attendees. The Art and Social Practice faculty and students have been active with the Museum for several years, including in the multi-year Shine a Light series. a truly community-created Modern Art Museum exhibition, with support and collaboration from: Teachers and students of Jefferson High School, Gresham High School, and Reynolds High School; Melanie Flood of Melanie Flood Projects; Mercedes Orozco of UNA Gallery; Shir Ly Grisanti of c3:initiative; Emily Fitzgerald and Erica Thomas of Works Progress Agency; Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA program; and Stephanie Syjuco.

*Text from the Portland Art Museum


Portland in Color // March 2018

Since the summer of 2017, Celeste Noche has been collecting the stories and experiences of creatives of color living in Portland, through this photographic blog series. The project is simple and honest in nature, yet yields vulnerable and empowering portraits of artists actively creating and organizing in a town deemed the whitest city in America.

“My hope is to disrupt the homogeneity of the media— both in how it represents our communities and in who they hire to do this work. When we don't actively support and promote marginalized artists, we perpetuate the idea that POC don't have a place in the creative industry,” says Noche.

The portrait series features individuals with a multiplicity of disciplines and backgrounds; from visual artists, musicians, and astrologers, to writers, facilitators and organizers. Everyone featured was additionally invited to showcase their talent through a series of events and workshops throughout march.

Participating/ Featured Artists:

Jassy O'nyae Kelly: Sip Sample and Shop

Ev'yan Whitney: Sexting Myself- Workshop

Saria Dy: Visual Art

Sashiko Yuen AKA Wishcandy: Visual Art

Emilly Prado: Freelance Writing 101

May Cat: "Papaya Salad Contest Winner" Short Film Screening

Mercedes Orozco: Yours truly & Director of UNA Gallery

Carrissa Paige: Poet and Sex-positive Entrepreneur

Maya Vivas: Visual Artist & Co-Director of Ori Gallery

Miss Renee: Flirting with Mars, Gettin' it on with Venus (Astrology Workshop)

Erin Martinez: Musician & Instructor

Soleil Ho: Food Writer

Jonny Sanders: Musician

Lydia Grijalva: Zine-writing Workshop

Carlos the Rollerblader: Free Advice Phone Line

The Chiu Family- A'Misa, Alex and Mazzy: Print-making Workshop

Return to the Phantomland by Rubén García Marrufo

What happens when phantom land becomes physical?

Rubén discusses the roles that geography, ecology, and personal history play in the experience of returning home. The need to belong often clashes with the stronger need to retain our otherness, when we move from place to place. Home transforms with the distance of memories, the sound of place and the sight of landscape.

Photo by Mario Gallucci

Photo by Mario Gallucci

The work reflects on the sense of abandonment that manifests politically both in Mexico and Mexicali, Rubén's native lands, as well as on a social/internal scale. 

Photo by Mario Gallucci

Photo by Mario Gallucci

Día de Muertx // November 2017

November was an important month at UNA for various reasons.

Día de Muertx is a celebration that is very close to my heart. My mom fomented my love of all the rituals involved in setting al altar since I was a child, and throughout my life the celebration has changed in shape and meaning. This year felt particularly important to me due to the devastating death of a dear friend and the simultaneously wonderful privilege of having this space for creative use. For these two main reasons, November couldn't be about anything else but the celebration of that dance between life/creation, and death/renewal. 

Photo by Jonathan Raissi

Photo by Jonathan Raissi

November was a pretty full month and included some wonderful coverage by Street Roots, Portland in Color, a project by Celeste Noche, and even the PCC Class Catalogue! :P

Photo by  Celeste Noche  for  Portland in Color

Photo by Celeste Noche for Portland in Color

The exhibit consisted of collaboratively building three altars, each in dedication to our three priorities at UNA: Social Justice, Community and Art. Thus, we created an homage to the folks in our lives and community that have died, in a ritualistic invitation to celebrate life together.

The event hosted poets Stacey Tran, Sea Mason, Sophya Vidal, Mason Mimi, and Tara Miller. Altar collaborators include the wonderful artists behind Letra Chueca Press, Dinorah Santana and the beautiful performance by Héctor Ornelas and Philip King.

Community Names Wall // Photo by Jonathan Raissi

Community Names Wall // Photo by Jonathan Raissi

It was an absolute honor to celebrate with so many artists and community member in this, our last show of 2017! We are looking forward to hibernating as we prepare for a shiny and new 2018!

Please keep us in mind for donations, as our space directly depends on your kind generosity! Find us on GoFundMe, PayPal and CashApp. THANK YOU! <3


We are pleased to present “artlikelifelike”, an exhibition featuring painting, works on paper, photography, text and sculpture which maps the activities and work of WAMER (Women Artists, Meeting, Eating and Reading) a studio/reading group in NYC and beyond from 1998 – present. The exhibition is a response to Allan Kaprow's distinctions between artlike art and lifelike art in his 1983 essay entitled “The Real Experiment”.

Through assigned readings, shared meals, studio visits, retreats, exhibitions and collaborations, WAMER has been committed to a deep, longstanding inquiry into each other's practice. The readings and work are always discussed in relation to daily life, along with all the questions that arise from balancing artmaking with jobs, family, and other life constraints. The discussions and readings are diverse, encompassing subjects such as science, spirituality, feminism, cooking, architecture, craft, motherhood, education, birth, death, politics, the sublime, childrearing, menstruation, ornamentation, music, painting techniques, sex, laundry, ecology, trash, etc.

L to R works by: Tasha Depp, Anne-Marie McIntyre, Fran Willing

L to R works by: Tasha Depp, Anne-Marie McIntyre, Fran Willing

L to R: Eva Melas, Paula Lalala, Amy Bay, Tasha Depp.&nbsp;  "Beloved", 2017. &nbsp;Robyn Love

L to R: Eva Melas, Paula Lalala, Amy Bay, Tasha Depp. 

"Beloved", 2017.  Robyn Love

While the work of WAMER artists is distinct, there are shared motifs and concerns that are the result of being the primary and most intimate audience for each other's work over the years. The structure of the group allows for unique opportunities for analysis and criticality while favoring dialogue on a personal scale that is unconcerned with rigid demarcations between art and life.

cvllejerx presents SUCIX // September 2017

CVLLEJERX is the product of multicultural inbetweenness as second generation immigrants and the violent colonization and subsequent diaspora of colombia, mexico, and africa, which informs their mestizx and black experiences in america. CVLLEJERX was born in the whitest city in america, portland, that has deep-seated white supremacist roots. with this and other historical and contemporary circumstances in mind, it is urgent to reclaim space in this city. cvllejerx merges fashion, performance, and poetry as a form of resistance. through the engagement of voice, clothing, and physical movement, they are reclaiming authorship.

"Choosing what we wear, what we say, and how we move, we are amplifying ourselves with tools accessible to us."

Angélica María Millán &amp; Maximiliano

Angélica María Millán & Maximiliano

SUCIX is an exhibition curated by Cvllejerx that features the work of kiki nicole and Carla Javier-Brea.

kiki nicole, a yung negro artist currently based in the Pacific Northwest by way of the DMV. they make blk art that werqs to ungender, unbody, & renew. their work has been published throughout the internet & has been performed irl mostly on the West Coast. 

Work by kiki nicole

Work by kiki nicole

Carla Javier-Brea: "My mother would insist in calling me “Rialenga”, a wild child, a stray dog. To her, I was one of those that never grew any roots. I was raised traveling and exploring, and encountering all sorts of rituals, narratives, prominent superstitions, and customs in the Dominican Republic. My work is an exploration of my own sense of self and how my multi cultural background, family mythology, traditions, and superstitions have been well preserved in the rural fields that had been overlooked by time. I explore and dissect all these stories, dreams, and legends through etching to create surreal imagery."

Work by Carla Javier-Brea

Work by Carla Javier-Brea

This is CVLLEJERX's second event as part of their Precipice Fund Grant.

De-Canon: A Visibility Project // August 2017

This exhibit takes the form of a pop-up library that includes 150+ books by POC authors, plus visual-literary artworks in the form of video poems, ascemic art, and more.

The library collection contains works by writers and artists working in and across the domains of poetry, prose, hybrid literary forms, image-text, visual art, performance, and more. Through this, we wish to push against notions of how literature - which conveys to us perception, language, and cultural (as well as self) definitions - may be transmitted, gathered, contained, released, hidden, revealed, coded, decoded, shared and preserved, in both temporal and fixed ways, especially for communities of color. 


A series of events accompanied this exhibit throughout August and included poetry readings, workshops/presentations, a film screening, music+poetry performance, and closed with a Reading Group hosted by Physical Education.

Performers/participants included:

Visual/Literary/Poetry Artwork: Samiya Bashir, Sam Roxas-Chua, Dao Strom, Roland Dahwen Wu, Stacey Tran, Jonathan Raissi

Poetry: Neil Aitken, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Christopher Rose, Jake Vermaas

Music+Poetry: Shayla Lawson, Trevino Brings Plenty, Dao Strom, Anna Vo, Tron 444

Other Presenters/Collaborators: Unlearning Podcast, Physical Education, Moved By Words, White Noise Project

De-Canon is a project facilitated by Portland-based poet Neil Aitken and poet-musician Dao Strom.

This project is supported by a 2017 Precipice Fund Grant.

YGB Portland // July 2017

Celebrating 2 years of the YGB Portland Community

Calling all Lovers, Creators, Change Makers, Hustlers, Baby Mamas, Nation Builders, Dancers, Revolutionaries, Freedom Fighters, Spiritual Gangsters and Everyone in Between.

Photos by Miss Lopez Media

Photos by Miss Lopez Media

Featuring photography by

Short films by Sika Stanton and Tiki Mon

Flyers created by Alexander Wright for previous shows

Vibes and music by DJ Lamar LeRoy live performance by Wes Guy.

Photos by Anthony Taylor

Photos by Anthony Taylor

Who is Y.G.B.?

Y.G.B. is more than just a Party, it's a Community. We come together to get down, celebrate each other and honor all things YOUNG,GIFTED and BLACK. Our mission is to create spaces of joy and healing for the Black and Brown community of Portland, Oregon. Our collaborative is Pro-Black, Pro-Femme, Pro-Queer and centers those identities at every event. We believe that liberation will come from art, self-love and community.

Fundraising Month! // June 2017

We end the month of June with a multimedia collaboration with PURRR: "Joy as Resistance"! Poets, artists, and storytellers will share work on this theme. Afterwards, DJs Sea Salt and High Ethix will be spinning records. Additionally, space for dancing, zine making, poem writing, and hanging out will be happening alongside a silent auction hosted by UNA.

Tiger &amp; Python   by Clara Dudley

Tiger & Python by Clara Dudley

We have also launched a GoFundMe Campaign! We are so excited and grateful for all the support encouraging us to renew our lease! We are hoping to hit a 5K goal to cover us long enough as we strategize to keep funds flowing into UNA! Check out our campaign and share with your friends and family!

We love you!


June 2017


Three Poets in Conversation

We opened the month with a mini preview of De-Canon's larger August project. The show featured the beginning of the De-Canon library, as well as a literary exhibit of the works Stephanie Adams-Santos, Trevino Brings Plenty, and Christopher Rose.

Corresponding Distance

by Claire Barrera and Maya Dalinsky

Over the course of 23 years of romantic friendship, they have amassed large amounts of correspondence in the form of letters, shared journals, mixed tapes and videos. Centered around these physical objects produced throughout their friendship, their performance and installation examines how a relationship is made through writing and how individuals are made within a relationship.

The work is the result of a two week residency at UNA Gallery. The interactive exhibit is in constant motion and available to the public during two June weekends.

Joy as Resistance

Fundraising event held in collaboration with PURRR

PURRR's 2nd quarterly event celebrates JOY as resistance. Poets, artists, and storytellers will share work on this theme. Afterwards, we will have a DJ spinning records, space for dancing, zine making, poem writing, and hanging out.

Performers include:

Zeloszelos Marchandt
Mindy Netifee
Lara Messersmith-Glavin
Julian Smuggles
Isaiah Spriggs

In collaboration with PURRR's Joy as Resistance, UNA will also be hosting a silent auction in order to raise funds to renew our lease.

For more information about submitting for this show, please click HERE.

Black // May 2017


Dissected & Articulated

Contemporary ceramic works by Maya Vivas

The concept of this series originates from the artist's own hypochondriac tendencies, mixed with ideas of elegance, sensuality, & body horror.


There is a long history throughout the world of colonization, and the use of blackness as a commodity. Everything from physical bodies to music has been forcibly made available for white consumption. These works implicate the viewer as a participant in the capitalistic game of purchasing black goods.

What gives this medium its color is the high concentration of manganese, which is harmless when fired, but prolonged exposure to its raw from can lead to manganese toxicity. Symptoms of this include tremors, facial muscle spasms, and difficulty walking, often preceded by psychiatric symptoms such as irritability, aggressiveness, and hallucinations. Parallels can be drawn between the black experience and manganese toxicity. To have breath in a black body is hazardous to one's health. 

LIGHT(WORK) // April 2017


at UNA

We will be unapologetically ourselves so that those around us have the courage to do the same.


We are a group of artistically-driven, spiritual folks that insist on a dialogue about the subcultures of our world. We shall be the voice of those forgotten, oppressed, lost, cast away, defeated, ignored, marginalized, exploited, and silenced. Our purpose is the creation of accessible, relatable, and intimate artistic spaces that yield expression and vulnerability, while destroying the classist notion of what Art is deemed to be. We wish to dismantle and redefine gallery space paradigms, and we do this through honest, humble, and vulnerable impressions of our selves.

Soft/Harsh Femme by Leo Ariel

Soft/Harsh Femme by Leo Ariel


This exhibition is a call to engage, heal, and celebrate the spring.

Installations by:

Leo Ariel

Sofie Murray

Lauren Moran



(Detail)&nbsp;"The Cuba they never had"&nbsp;by Leo Ariel

(Detail) "The Cuba they never had" by Leo Ariel

Performances by:


ADOS 33 feat. (AV) + (GA)


A performance piece by (AV) + (GA) art group

Oxford Comma

by SEA

A conversation around white supremacy and the colonial practices that inform history education, the oppression and pressures both youth and adults of color experience within the education system, and the social constructs around success.


15 minute solo about death bereavement written by composer Alvin Curran


Her performance features Soeless (aka Natalie Aldarondo) in an interpretation of Drake's song Passion Fruit.

April 1st: Silent Auction for Don't Shoot Portland

UNA Gallery will be hosting a silent auction for Don't Shoot Portland to raise funds that will continue and strengthen their educational programs.

Varying ranges of work and prices. Come out, support your local artists and this important organization!

Tangent Emotion &nbsp;by Libby Landauer

Tangent Emotion by Libby Landauer


Perfomances by ADOS 33 (more TBA)

Revolución Coffee House Downtown Portland will be providing delicious food. 

Purchased items can be collected either at the end of the auction or Sunday 4/2 between 12-5 PM at UNA Gallery. The auction will end at 9:30pm

Things I've Found // March 2017

To find is to come in contact with something for the very first time. It can allude to rediscovering meaningful somethings you thought you’d lost. You can find yourself enjoying moments and persons that once annoyed you. You find yourself when you finally take that risk. You find the best in others. You find meaning in objects.

Works by Erin Dengerink

Things I've Found addresses the scavenging process inherent to alternative media. It is about engaging with an idea deeper than the objects themselves. About observing the moments of personal discovery in our daily life, and examining the method by which we find value in our individual experience.

"You seem nice" by Megean McBride

This exhibit is a conversation about the found, as told through varying perspectives.

Proudly showcasing visual and performance works by:

Daniela Ortiz Rojo

Erin Dengerink

Erinn Kathryn

George Zinn

Jillian Barthold

Julia Tatiyatrairong

Katherine Spinella

Lauren Stumpf

Leo Ariel

Mari Shepard-Glenn

Matthew Barry

Megean McBride

Molly Valentine Dierks

Tessa Bolsover

RESIST // February 2017

"Throughout history, culture and art have always been the celebration of freedom under oppression." 
- Author unknown

Comx Agux Parx Chocolate by Maximiliano


Please join us Thursday, February 2nd for the opening reception of UNA’s first 2017 exhibition: RESIST

Featuring artwork from Maya Vivas, Dan Pillers, Andrea Beck, Carlos Gonzáles Acosta and Maximiliano. RESIST celebrates local POC, Femme, and Queer artists employing personal identity as a means of opposition.

In addition to the visual work, Stacey Tran and Sara Sutter, two Portland poets and artists, will perform form their project: Resistance Somatics.

Los Desaparecidos and The Glory of This Land by Andrea Beck

As always, we thank you for helping us serve these incredible artists and hope you’ll join us in recognition of their efforts!


We are UNA

Nov 3 - Dec 1, 2016

UNA is a contemporary art space meant to celebrate and nurture creativity, experimentation, and expression. With four main organizers, each with a different artistic background and history, our collective hopes to provide support for emerging artists of all media and goals. Specifically, our group wants to highlight the work of people of color (POC), queer, gender non-conforming, and feminist artists. Our goal is to provide as close a professional gallery experience as possible while maintaining a focus on fostering new work and emerging artists. 

This group show represents a varying range of voices, media and aesthetics that in some way represent our mission. It is the launch of our project and our Grand Opening.

The participating artists are:

Ari Freitag
Amanda D. Potter
Suzanne Olvey
Amy Ruedninger
Finn Graves
Molly Mendoza
Kevin Holden
Amicia Siwick
Hannah Nissen
Violet Reed
Tatum Brydges
Kate McCourt
Yola Pilch
Emily Quintero

+ Musical Performance by Amanda Eve