Three SFUAD Art Students Named SITE Scholars for 2015-16, Dean Linda Swanson Honored as Educator

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Students are recognized by SITE Santa Fe as high achieving leaders in the community

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SFUAD: Lauren McDaniel | 1-505-473-6440 |

SITE Santa Fe: Anne Wrinkle | 1-505-989-1199 x22 |

Courtesy of SITE Santa Fe:

Santa Fe, NM November 23, 2015 – This winter SITE Santa Fe will present two SITE Scholar events: the Inauguration of the 2015-16 SITE Scholars and the 2014-15 SITE Scholar Alumni Exhibition at SITE.

2015-16 SITE Scholar Inauguration

The Inauguration of the newest group of SITE Scholars will take place at 6 p.m. on December 11, 2015 at SITE Santa Fe. The incoming Scholars are: Alok Adhikari (St. John’s); George Alexander (IAIA); Brendan Barrett (SFCC); Amanda Beardsley (IAIA); Kaitlin Bryson (UNM); Margaret Carson (SFCC); David Campbell (UNM); Marina Eskeets (SFUAD); Erin Fussell (UNM); Jim Hunyadi (Highlands); Tania Larsson (IAIA); Phat Le (SFUAD); Nagisa Leonard (SFCC); Amanda Romero (UNM); and Chase Stafford (SFUAD).

SITE and the SITE Scholars will also take this time to honor two educators who have had a great impact on the lives of students in northern New Mexico. These teachers are: Linda Swanson, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), and Mary Tsiongas, University of New Mexico.

2014-15 SITE Scholars Alumni Exhibition

Last year’s group of SITE Scholars will have an exhibition of artwork at SITE Santa Fe from December 11-27, 2015, with an opening reception on Friday, December 11, 5:30-8pm (coinciding with the 2015-16 SITE Scholars Inauguration). The participating alumni Scholars are: Franco Andres, Brian Clinton, Dre’ Gallegos, Jesse Garcia, Erik Gellert, Lara Goldmann, Abbey Hepner, Ian Kerstetter, Betsy Leonard, Monty Little, Jasper Mockingbird, Siera Reisler, Elizabeth Starks, William Thoms, and Mira Woodson.

About the SITE Scholars

The SITE Scholar Program is an initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students in the community. Founded with the goal to increase student participation in the museum and contemporary art world, this program enables students to enrich their educational experience. Comprised of top students from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, St John’s College, and Highlands University, these nominated students are recognized by SITE Santa Fe as high achieving leaders within their schools. The students selected for the SITE Scholar program are given opportunities to network and work on projects that help them transition from student to professional artist. Additionally, the students are presented with a membership card that gives these students free access to SITE’s programs as well as membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program and the Modern/Contemporary Membership program, both of which offer complimentary admission to most art museums nationwide.

About SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe opened in 1995 to present what was then the only international biennial of contemporary art in the United States, and one of only a handful of biennials around the world. From the very beginning, SITE established a commitment to a risk-taking and visionary perspective that continues to drive its programs today.

Year-round exhibitions and educational programs encourage the creative and intellectual potential of the audience and uphold the region’s tradition of fostering avant-garde art.

As an institution with a year-round contemporary art program, SITE hosts an Art & Culture series of lectures and performances, as well as an extensive education and outreach program for local schools, all of which attract over 20,000 local, national and international visitors annually. Since its launch, SITE has presented over 75 exhibitions —including nine biennials —of works by over 500 international artists.

About SFUADs Art Department

The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.


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