Three SFUAD Students Awarded Pushkin Gallery Prize for Video Art

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Will be showcased at Art Miami Dec. 2–7

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—December 3, 2014—Three Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) students were recentlyawarded the Pushkin Gallery Prize on behalf of Santa Fe’s prestigious Pushkin Gallery, a destination for international collectors of Russian art that carries everything from avant-garde to Impressionist to contemporary painting. Can Kesim (’15), a film student from Turkey; Priscila Torres, a film major and Redford Unique Voice Scholar recipient from El Salvador (’15); and photography major Chris Beran (’16) together received a shared $1,000 scholarship on behalf of the gallery for their video work.

Nominated by faculty of The Film School at SFUAD, the three students developed video art geared toward Pushkin Gallery’s fall 2014 participation in two premiere U.S. art fairs. The students’ work debuted at the inaugural Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco art fair, where thousands of attendees saw the videos on iPads available at the Pushkin Gallery booth. The work will also be showcased at Art Miami Dec. 2–7, as well as other venues in months to come.

“The inspiration behind my animation was the rose windows in Gothic cathedral architecture,” said Priscila Torres, referring to her piece, Rose. “I wanted to experiment with colors and overlapping shapes that, when put together, give birth to more complex shapes.”

The annual Pushkin Gallery Prize, established in 2013, enables SFUAD students to exercise their creative vision and gives them a venue for showing their video art. Last year’s Pushkin Gallery Prize recipients included students Chelsey Danielsen (’14) and Ryan Riggs (’13).

“The pleasure of seeing the world anew, through the lens of new media, has been the highlight of the Pushkin Gallery Prize for 2014,” said Rosa Lena Reed Robinson, curator at Pushkin Gallery. “This scholarship has brought a visionary immediacy to historic Canyon Road. By virtue of proximity to Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the level of fine art in Santa Fe continues to ascend into the virtual world.”

Reed Robinson added that Pushkin Gallery seeks to find new ways to push the boundaries of what art can be, looking at Russian avant-garde art in a contemporary context.

Film School faculty members Brad Wolfley and Terry Borst oversaw the students’ work on their video projects. Borst noted, “My colleague Brad and I have been delighted to collaborate with Pushkin Gallery in further promoting the creative talents of our students, who continually find new ways to explore the world and show us what they see through moving images.”

About Pushkin Gallery

Pushkin Gallery is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a hub of the international art market and the third-largest art market in the United States. Pushkin Gallery opened its doors in 2000 as the first Russian art gallery in Santa Fe. Kenneth Pushkin, a prominent collector of the lifetime collections of important but lesser-known Russian artists, recognized the intrinsic and historic value of these paintings. His instincts were right, and the interest in and appreciation of Russian art within the Santa Fe art market has increased substantially. Pushkin Gallery features the lifetime collections of the work of Vasily Golubev (1925–1985), Boris Chetkov (1926–2010), Viktor Korovin (1936–1991) and Nikolai Timkov (1912–1993), as well as individual works by other important artists. To accompany these collections, Pushkin has published four scholarly and exquisitely produced books, along with several catalogs showcasing the lives and works of these Russian masters. For more information, visit

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