Social Structures is an installation of freestanding outdoor constructions and digital art pieces that address the themes of interconnectivity, empathy, and care. Download the map of Social Structures’ works below – on display from December 21, 2020–January 18, 2021 on the Midtown Campus at 1600 St. Michaels Drive.

Ileana Alarcon

Ileana Alarcon is a Colombian American artist working primarily in large scale sculpture. A first generation child of two immigrants, she spent her childhood eager to make her parents’ decision to move to the states worthwhile. Taking upon this burden, Alarcon found relief through creating fantasy environments to play in. She studied ceramics at Maine College of Art, and received a BFA in 2018. Shortly thereafter, Alarcon moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in search of a community where she could feel more at home. Though her material of choice is clay, she uses any media necessary to create objects and environments where one is free to feel okay being the “other.” Alarcon is also a a studio artist at Vital Spaces.

Community Architecture: The Space In Between

Community Architecture: The Space In Between presents care, compassion, and empathy through the architectural vernacular of an emotional shelter. The arches are representations of people. Arches are known for their load-bearing strength. I see people as the arches of community. We bear the weight of our emotions, now more than ever as we go through a global pandemic. But, while we are all standing six feet apart and taking precautions to keep each other healthy and safe, the space between us is alive with care and hope. We, as the arches of our community, are creating a safe shelter for each other through our acts of compassion which also keeps our lives constantly connected. I wish to inspire viewers to keep helping and protecting one another and give our community a renewed sense of hope. May we keep moving forward with brave and loving actions.


This event is part of the Culture Connects Midtown Project. To learn more visit