Invincible after Chemo – A Documentary Film by a Young Cancer Survivor

Invincible after Chemo
 A Short Documentary Film by
Jessica Olivas

Screening and Q&A w/ Jessica Olivas
Thursday, May 30, 2013
6pm @ SFAI
$10 general | $5 seniors/students | FREE to Middle and High School Students

Santa Fe, NM –The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to welcome young filmmaker, Jessica Olivas to premier her short documentary, Invincible after Chemo.

About Invincible after Chemo:
Jessica Olivas embarked on documenting her journey as a cancer patient when she participated in a short film workshop sponsored by the Santa Fe Art Institute and the SFPS Adelante Program – a local school and community-based program that supports children living in homeless situations. Her original short film chronicled only part of her treatment stage. When the initial project was completed, Jessica was driven to continue telling her Continue reading

Documentary Photographer Carlan Tapp – “The China Express”

The China Express
A Lecture and Exhibition by Photographer Carlan Tapp

china express

Image from Carlan Tapp’s “China Express” Tour blog
Captioned: “Many condominiums line the waterfront along the rail”

Lecture & Exhibition Opening
Monday, March 11, 2013
6pm @ SFAI
$10 general | $5 students/seniors

The China Express Exhibition
March 12-April 5, 2013
9am – 5pm @ SFAI

Santa Fe, NM –The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is pleased to welcome – as part of the SFAI’s 2013 season of public programming, Contested Space – documentary photographer, Carlan Tapp, to give a lecture and show a small exhibition of his most recent work, The China Express.

About Carlan Tapp:
Carlan Tapp is a documentary photographer and lifelong educator, descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe, Taptico family, who studied photography at Art Center College of Continue reading

2013 Season of Programming: Contested Space

contested space header

CONTESTED SPACE will explore the complex contemporary landscape–social, political, physical, and cultural–and the arts, ideas and artists that play a major role in shaping public understanding of the powerful dynamics of those spaces.

Historically, land was the great frontier and artists had a major role in shaping public understanding of those spaces. Now the frontiers of the past have become the “contested spaces” of the present. These new frontiers are no longer just physical space, but Continue reading

2012 Pushpin/Clothespin Show has MOVED!


Due to unforeseen circumstances, thePushpin/Clothespin Show had to be moved from Lucky Bean Café to the Santa Fe Art Institute Gallery I. 

Come see the work, which can be purchased for your last minute holiday gifts – December 24, 26, 27, and 28 from 9am-5pm in the SFAI Gallery.

Thank you to all those who showed their support for our local artists who participated in theHomemade/Handmade Pop-Up Holiday Shop this past Saturday!

Continue to support your local artists – Come to Pusphin!

Community Exhibition and Art Sale
December 24, 26, 27, 28
SFAI Gallery I

Beautiful works of art by local artists make GREAT one-of-a-kind holiday gifts! Works up to 18″ x 18″, suitable for framing. Surprise your loved ones with an original work of art for the holidays.

In addition, we will show beautiful and creative “faux encaustic” works from the 7th graders at DeVargas Middle School which will be available to view and purchase with all the proceeds going to the kids!

Support your local artists – of all ages!

One sentence stories and “faux” encaustic painting by DeVargas Middle School 7th graders at Lucky Bean



The Cut + Paste Society and The Santa Fe Art Institute present
Snow Poems 2013

The Cut + Paste Society and the Santa Fe Art Institute are pleased to present SITE Santa Fe’s SPREAD 3.0 winning project, Snow Poems 2013. Snow Poems is a community poetry project exploring our city as a living book written by its inhabitants. This winter Continue reading

Discovery & Direction: An Art/Life Workshop

Discovery & Direction:  An Art/Life Workshop
Conceived & conducted by Robert Atkins

July 9  – 27, 2012
Three Group meetings: Monday evenings, July 9, 16 & 23,  6:30-9 pm
Three required private meetings by appointment

Discovery & Directionis a workshop for artists presented by the Santa Fe Art Institute that focuses on ways to identify barriers, renew meaning and facilitate movement in your art. It entails discussion, writing, reading, and—by its end—the Continue reading

Ida Kleiterp’s Acequias

Dutch Sculptor and Installation Artist
Ida Kleiterp’s

Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 27
9am – 5pm M-F @ SFAI

Monday, April 9
6pm @ Tipton Hall/SFAI

in collaboration with Railyard Stewards
Saturday, April 21
10am-1pm, @ SF Railyard

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to welcome Dutch sculptor and installation artist, Ida Kleiterp to the Santa Fe Art Institute for the month of April.

Sculptor and installation artist Ida Kleiterp was born in Beverwijk in 1948 and lives and works in Amsterdam. During a visit to Spain in 2001, Kleiterp was struck by the extraordinary architectural forms she saw in the mountainous landscape of the Alpujarras. They were the ‘Acequias,’ a network of reservoirs, channels, and moveable gates, which together formed a remarkable and ancient irrigation system. Kleiterp’s sculptures, inspired Continue reading

Up Heartbreak Hill

The SFAI Presents:

Up Heartbreak Hill 
Film Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Erica Scharf

What: Up Heartbreak Hill Film Screening and Q&A
Where: Tipton Hall
When: 6pm Monday, March 19
How Much: $10 general | $5 students/seniors

The Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to present accomplished documentary filmmaker and television producer, Erica Scharf and her award-winning film, Up Heartbreak Hill.

Up Heartbreak Hill is Scharf’s first feature length film. Shot in New Mexico, Up Heartbreak Hill chronicles the lives of three Native American teenagers in Navajo, NM — Thomas, an elite runner, Tamara, an academic superstar, and Gabby, an aspiring Continue reading

Notes from SFAI’s January Creative Capital Workshops

On January 20-23rd, the Santa Fe Art Institute, with support from the Kresge Foundation, brought the Creative Capital Professional Development Program to Santa Fe for two workshops: The Internet for Artists (IFA) Weekend Workshop, and a one-day Verbal Communications (VC) Workshop.

IFA Team Leader Brad Lichtenstein and workshop participants

The artists who participated in the workshops were selected from a pool of applications by a committee of local artists, curators, writers, and educators. The result was a group of artists at varying stages of their Continue reading

“Acting Together on the World Stage”

The SFAI and Theatre Without Borders Present:

Acting Together on the World Stage:
Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Film Screening and Panel Discussion

What: Acting Together on the World Stage Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Where: Tipton Hall
When: 6pm Monday, February 13
How Much: $10 general | $5 students/seniors

The Santa Fe Art Institute is very pleased to work with internationally recognized Theatre Without Borders to present a screening of the documentary film Acting Together on the World Stage immediately followed by a Panel Discussion.

The feature documentary Acting Together on the World Stage highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict zones. It features theatrical Continue reading

HALF LIFE 2012 Season of Programming

Season of Programming
Join our visiting artists for part II of HALF LIFE as we explore questions that underlie the basic concept of half-life: how do systems age, decline, and regenerate? How can we use the artistic and creative processes to make those actions sustainable, inclusive, and effective? The artists will wrestle with complex issues such as the history of culture and
society, the boundaries of cycles, how relationships with the natural environment build or destroy community, and meditations on self-identity and place.

Access your creative center with artist Monika Bravo!

Filmmaker, Photographer, and Video Installation Artist

Monika Bravo

Breathingwall, 2011

What: Monika Bravo Lecture
Where: Tipton Hall
When: 6pm Tuesday, October 11
How Much: $10 general | $5 students/seniors

What: Monika Bravo Reception & Dance Party
Where: SFAI
When: 7:30-9pm Tuesday, October 11
How Much: FREE!

What: The Well, a Workshop with Monika Bravo
Where: SFAI
When: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9
How Much: $200 – sliding scale fee and work trade options available

What: 9/11, Ten Years Later Short Film Screenings
Where: SFAI Building Exterior
When: 7pm-7am (dusk to dawn) M-F, September 9 – September 30
How Much: FREE!

What: Monika Bravo & Greg Sholette Exhibition
Where: SFAI
When: Exhibition 9am-5pm M-F, September 9 – October 31
How Much: FREE!

The Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design are pleased to present filmmaker, photographer, and video installation artist, Monika Bravo, to give a lecture she calls, Process and Intuition on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Bravo will talk about Continue reading

FLASH FLOOD is almost here!


This is a call for all of you to take action… to get involved in a community art project that will raise awareness of the severe water and climate change issues in New Mexico.

We, at the Santa Fe Art Institute, believe art can be a powerful force in social, cultural, and environmental change and the arts are at the core of who we are and what we do. Our fundamental goal is to build community through the arts, but if we do not take responsibility for our actions we will not have a community to build.

This is why we urge you to JOIN US on November 20th in this incredible community art action.

The Santa Fe Art Institute has been selected by Bill McKibben and to take part in the global art project that will be presented at the Cancun Climate Change Conference this coming November in Cancun, Mexico. Santa Fe is one of five sites in the U.S. that were invited, and is the only community based art action, to participate in the global project. The event will be photographed on the ground and by satellite from outer space, as well as recorded by video to be broadcast around the world.

On November 20th, thousands of Santa Fe community members and other folks from around the state will gather in the dry Santa River bed to form a human “river of water”. With cardboard painted blue on one side, the people will be orchestrated to flip the brown side of the cardboard to the blue to create a rushing river – a human FLASH FLOOD.

JOIN US on November 20th, 9:30-11:30am at either San Ysidro Crossing or Caja del Oro Grant crossing, with your large piece of cardboard painted blue on one side (or blue tarp, blue tablecloth, blue sheet… whatever!), and make your voice heard around the world!

Check out this incredible video made with award-winning cinematographer Doug Crawford and the kids from the SFAI Youth Mentorship Program!

For more information, please contact the SFAI at (505) 424-5050 or

The FLASH FLOOD Advances!

The FLASH FLOOD Advances!

FLASH FLOOD image created by artist Patrick McFarlin

What: FLASH FLOOD Community Art Action
Where: The dry bed of the Santa Fe River between Camino Del Oro and San Ysidro Crossing
When: Saturday, November 20, 2010 – time TBD

What: FLASH FLOOD Pre-event Party & Exhibition Opening
Where: SFAI
When: Friday, November 19, 2010 5pm

What: FLASH FLOOD Cardboard Painting Workshops
Where: SFAI
When: Tuesday & Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:30pm through 11/18

SANTA FE—The Santa Fe Art Institute, in coordination with Bill McKibben’s, is spearheading the New Mexico FLASH FLOOD for a living river project, which is one of five U.S. sites out of 20 global locations. Joining forces with an incredible list of community partners, the SFAI is recruiting 3,000 Continue reading

10/21 Artists & Writers in Residence Open Studio!

The Santa Fe Art Institute Artist & Writer Residency Program presents:

October Artists in Residence Open Studio!

Animator Nathania Rubin in from of some of her drawings

Join us to see what the October residents artists (and writer) have been doing with their time in Santa Fe!

Thursday, October 21

October Residents:

Jason Reed Brown – Bellingham, WA
Jason Reed Brown earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is a graduate of Turley Forge School of Continue reading

Check out our Amazing Youth Education and Outreach Programs!

The SFAI has a bunch of great stuff going this summer for Santa Fe’s youth!

Check them all out below…

Hip-Hop Mentorship and Project Murals

Mentorship kids holiding up their work

SFAI holds hip-hop & mural project mentorship’s every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Santa Fe Art Institute.  Participants will learn Hip-Hop culture, the basics of graffiti and will get a chance to paint on free walls. Youth will also have the opportunity to be involved in the brainstorming process for the concept as well as the painting of murals that are part of SFAI’s youth mural project.  If you are interested in being involved please call 505-424-5050.

DeVargas Skate Park

This project, part of our ongoing mentored youth mural program curbs illegal tagging in the park and sends a message that the city cares about its youth and their creative engagement.  The Santa Fe Art Institute has been working for years to see this project through. It could not have become a reality without the Continue reading

Education & Outreach Summer Workshops

Summer Art Workshops for Youth and Adults

B-boys in the SFAI Courtyard

Site-Specific Playwriting: Writing Performance Pieces For The City of Santa Fe

Taught by Timothy Braun, SFAI writer in residence
July 10, 17, 24-25, 10am-2pm
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Santa Fe, students will study the basic concepts of playwriting focusing on a specific location. Each student will have a one-act play completed by the end of the class.
Ideal for students ages 18 and up, $200 Continue reading

All Elements – Youth Exhibition

The Santa Fe Art Institute Youth Education & Outreach Program Presents:

All Elements – Youth Exhibition

Exhibition of Student Work, and Celebration of Positive Change

All Elements Exhibition Opening Reception & Celebration

Friday, May 7 @ 5-7pm
Santa Fe Art Institute

Admission is free
Exhibition runs through May 28th M-F 9am-5pm

The Santa Fe Art Institute’s Youth Education & Outreach Program is pleased to invite you to the opening reception and celebration for the youth exhibition, All Elements. The reception will be held at the SFAI from 5-7pm on Friday, may 7th, and the exhibition will be up until Friday, May 28th.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the hard work and creativity of Santa Fe’s youth and the artists and mentors that have guided them throughout the year. Exploring the SFAI’s 2010 theme ELEMENTAL: Earth Air Fire Water – Art and Environment, this exhibition and performance is sure to be an inspiring event. Come see for yourself the creativity that has blossomed from the Santa Fe Art Institute’s youth education and outreach programs. All Elements will include the work of students from DeVargas Middle School, Capshaw Middle School, Tierra Encantada Charter High, SER Career Academy, Capital High School, La Otra Puerta Emergency Youth Shelter, Camino Nuevo Juvenile Correctional Facility, and the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center.

Santa Fe Art Institute: Beyond

John Sena | The New Mexican, 3/1/2009 -
“Our deepest hope, and our first plan, is to stay where we are,” Karp said, referring to the possibility that a state university or college would honor the institute’s lease. “This building was designed for us and for our program.”

If not, Karp said, the institute’s board has discussed buying its current building and the property on which it sits or looking for an alternative space.

In the end, though, Karp said the institute will continue to do what it has always done: empower young people to find their voice, and provide the community with a place to view and create art that stimulates.

“Our mission is what really drives us,” she said. “It’s not our building that drives us.”

Read the entire story

Santa Fe Art Institute: Beyond a building –