SFUAD Collaborates with Wade Wilson Art for the Third SFUAD@WadeWilsonArt Exhibition

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The third in this collaborative gallery exhibition series, “Stubborn Matter,” will open Friday, April 10

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Santa Fe, N.M.—April 2, 2015—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is working with Wade Wilson Art for the final exhibition in the series of three university-curated shows at the downtown Santa Fe gallery. The exhibition, “Stubborn Matter,” will open April 10 from 5-7 p.m. and will run through May 15.

“Stubborn Matter” highlights work by SFUAD students, alumni, faculty, and guest artists, including Ligia Bouton, Karl Hofmann, Tom Joyce, Phat Le, Joanne Lefrak, Donna Ruff, Kevin Scott-Bouton, Brad Wolfley, and Susan York. The exhibition uses the lens of weight and density as they relate to matter to consider work from the artists across and within educational and community contexts. All of these artists bend their visual vocabularies to promote and indulge their unique investigations of personal history. The results not only challenge traditional artistic approaches—painting, drawing, sculpture—but also create a distinct, almost performative role for the viewer as they attempt to read those histories.

The first and second projects of the SFUAD@WadeWilsonArt exhibition series were “Reverberant Matter” and “Trace Matter,” respectively. Linda Swanson, Dean of SFUAD’s School of Visual and Communication Arts, says the opportunity for SFUAD students to collaborate with Wade Wilson Art is “both a tangible statement of support for the university and a gesture of confidence in the education of young artists.”

Stubborn Matter/Project 3

April 10—May 15, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 5-7 p.m.

Wade Wilson Art, 217 West Water Street, Santa Fe, NM

Photo: Ligia Bouton, Water According to Ovid, photograph, 2005.

Additional images available upon request.

About Wade Wilson and Wade Wilson Art

Wade Wilson founded Wade Wilson Art in 2006. In July 2012, he opened Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe. Wilson’s career path reflects a successful record of curatorial, critical and commercial successes in the visual arts, coupled with a solid
background in management, promotions and public relations. Wilson earned a B.A. in Environmental Design at the University of New Mexico, where he also minored in art history. He completed an M.A. in English at Texas Christian University and later pursued doctoral studies in postmodernist art, architecture and literature. Since 2000, Wilson has chaired, hosted and/or organized more than 50 galas, fundraisers and benefits and helped raise more than $8,000,000 for arts and other organizations.

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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