Art Faculty Accomplishments

2014 Accomplishments

Willy Bo Richardson, professor of painting, shared how discovering real-world limitations allows him greater flexibility in the moment in the New Mexico PBS weekly art series ¡COLORES!

2013 Accomplishments

Susan York had a group exhibition in November at the Mies van der Rohe House in Germany.

Tom Miller had painting and sculpture at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in an exhibition, Walling: Containing Architecture Sept. 27-Oct. 18.

SITE Santa Fe recognized Tom Miller as an outstanding educator during its inaugural honored educators program.

Suzanne Fricke, contributing Art History faculty at SFUAD, co-curated a show call “Octopus Dreams” at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque that opened June 29.

Karina Hean, SFUAD contributing faculty for Drawing and Foundations courses), was included in a show at Gallery Shoal Creek in Austin, TX that opened June 21.

Susan York, the president’s chair in art, received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Larry Bob Phillips and David Leigh presented “The Big Hoot” at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe in April.

Karina Hean exhibited her work in early 2013 at the Quigley Gallery at Western State Colorado University.

Donna Ruff, contributing faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, had her work featured at the New Mexico Museum of Art as part of Art on the Edge, a biennial initiative orchestrated by Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography. Her work has also become part of the enduring collection of Alcove 12.8, also located at the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Gerry Snyder, currently VPAA at SFUAD, had a painting included in the permanent collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art.


Willy Bo Richardson, painting faculty member at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, contributed to the selling exhibition “Watercolors” at Phillips de Pury in October 2012.

Faculty members Xuan Chen and Kate Carr were featured in the first Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico juried exhibition at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in June. Xuan, a multi-disciplinary conceptual and project-based artist, won first prize for Untitled #1. Carr, a materials-based artist who works with fabric, plywood, and felt, was awarded second prize for Column B.

Faculty member Willy Bo Richardson was featured in the group exhibition Paper Band at Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City July 11–Aug. 24.

Faculty members Tom Miller, Susan York, Kate Carr and Steve Fitch (Photography Department) had work in Alcove 12.0, a yearlong series of small group exhibitions, at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Faculty Chair Linda Swanson’s A Houseful of Suitors was also part of this series.

Faculty member Susan York was named the 2012 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She exhibited in Primary Forms: An Investigation of Space and Ground at Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson, Wyo., in July. She was also a judge in the Texas art competition VASE in April. She exhibited installations and graphite drawings in the two-person show Pure at Galerie Renate Bender in Munich, Germany, June 28 through Aug. 4. York’s installations, which feature large solid graphite blocks mounted on the wall, explore the visceral tension created by angles and space.

Faculty member Willy Bo Richardson’s essay “The Artistic Thinking Process” was published by the Think Jar Collective, “a website devoted to creative exchange between thought leaders in human services, community health, the arts, education and other fields.”

Faculty member Lucrecia Troncoso’s work was featured in the exhibition “Color Theory: The Use of Color in Contemporary Art” at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from March 31 to June 10.

Faculty member Willy Bo Richardson had paintings on view at ClampArt in New York City March 29 through May 12.

Art history faculty member Khristaan Villela presented a number of papers at conferences this year. He presented “Nothing Besides Remains: Photography and Casts from the Excavation of Quirigua, Guatemala, 1910-1915,” at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in April; “Coatilcue, Cortes, and Catherwood: The Pre-columbian Imaginary in Early 19th Century Mexico,” at the international congress of the Latin American Studies Association, in May; and “Phenomenology of the Stone in the Masks of Teotihuacan, Mexico,” at the International Congress of Americanists in July.

Foundations faculty member Xuan Chen had her work on display in the LaGrange National XXVI Biennial from Feb. 10 through April 20 at the LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, Ga. Also her short film “Out” was included in the international film festival Cinesonika 2 in February in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Faculty member Susan York was chosen as a spring 2012 Ucross Foundation resident.

Foundations and drawing instructor Karina Hean’s work was part of the exhibition “Under Thirty-Five” at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art gallery in Santa Fe from Feb. 24 through March 3.

Faculty member Willy Bo Richardson had two paintings included in the Parralax Art Fair, a curated art fair that ran from Feb. 16–18, 2012, in London.

Faculty member Susan York received the Alumni Achievement Award from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., where she earned her MFA. As part of the award, she’ll deliver a lecture at the Academy and spend a day with students.

Faculty member Tom Miller had a piece titled Hole and Slab in the exhibition Dialog in the Arts III: An Exhibition by Teachers and Their Students at the Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery in January. The work of one of his mixed media sculpture students was on display as well.


Faculty member Kate Carr had a solo exhibition, titled forma, of her mixed-media sculpture at Galleri Urbane, in Dallas, from Nov. 19, 2011, through Jan. 1, 2012. See images of her work in our gallery.

Two drawings by Vice President of Academic Affairs Gerry Snyder were auctioned by Sotheby’s in March 2011 as part of the Charles Ryskamp collection. The late Ryskamp, an art connoisseur and collector of drawings, served as director of the Pierpont Morgan Library (now the Morgan Library & Museum) and the Frick Collection for nearly 30 years.

The work of faculty member Willy Bo Richardson was featured in the spring 2011 exhibition 70 Years of Abstract Painting—Excerpts at the Jason McCoy Gallery in New York, alongside works by Jackson Pollock and other renowned Modernist and contemporary artists.

Susan York, the president’s chair in Art, had a sculpture and two related drawings exhibited in a group show at Fabbri Contemporary Gallery in Milan, Italy, held in winter 2010–2011.

Faculty member Tom Miller had a solo exhibition of his work, Holes, Walls, Slabs, at Box Gallery in Santa Fe during August and September 2011.

Faculty member Eric Garduno’s work is included in the SITE Santa Fe exhibition Agitated Histories from October 2011 through January 2012.