Featured Artist


Carlos Contreras is a long time community servant and organizer. A poet, artist, father, educator, and student – Contreras was a member of the Kellogg Foundation’s Inaugural class of Community Leadership Network Fellows. Having served as the Director of Marketing for the City of Albuquerque and Mayor Tim Keller, Contreras is also a nationally awarded performance poet, published author, and featured visual artist in the Albuquerque Museum’s permanent collection “Common Ground” – his life’s work has centered around the creation of space and time for communities of all kinds. Hence, Art on the Rio – Contreras is one third of the stable of creatives that has brought to this virtual space – a place for art and artists to continue to thrive.

Ready for War
Born this Way
Get Some
Approach with Excitement
All shapes and sizes
It all happens in stages
Be Savage
You can feel it – Collab w/ Phil Volk
Stepping in the Groove
Free Spirit
Know Your Role
Eat it up
Back for the first time
Wait what?
It’s all in your head
It’ll be ok
It comes in many forms
Let’s Eat
I can only imagine
Finding forever
Let’s see what happens next
Take what’s yours
Soak it up
Seeing is believing
Mutually Beneficial
Turning Around