Arts Commissioners and Staff
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The Mayor and City Council appoint nine volunteer Commissioners that make up the Arts Commission. Commissioners represent a broad range of talents, skills and experience.
Bryan “Chip” Chippeaux, Chair is a native New Mexican born in Roswell and educated at New Mexico State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Chippeaux is a Certified Public Accountant and his initial work experience was with KPMG, where he met his wife Kay. Chippeaux has worked at Century Bank for over 30 years. He serves as Chairman and is on the Board of the Bank and its holding company. Chippeaux has served as an officer and/or board member of various organizations within the community including the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Wheelwright Museum and Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, Western States School of Banking, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, The Santa Fe Opera Business Council, Museum of New Mexico Foundation Business Council, Independent Community Bankers of New Mexico, Dollars 4 Schools, Tierra Contenta Corporation, New Mexico Amigos, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico and The New Mexico Centennial Foundation among others. Kay and Chip have one daughter, Laura, who is working in Washington, DC with Georgetown University.
Kathlene Ritch, Vice Chair, moved to New York City, after earning a Bachelor’s of Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she sang with such noted ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, and the Vienna Philharmonic. In 2001, she made her solo debut at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra in Listz’s Dante’s Inferno. With that same ensemble, she recorded a live concert version of Die aegyptische Helena as Hermione opposite Deborah Voigt’s Helen. Two of her career highlights were performing Sweeney Todd at Lincoln Center with George Hearn, Patti Lupone and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as the concert version of Carousel at Carnegie Hall with Audra McDonald and Hugh Jackman. In 2011, Ritch moved to Santa Fe to be the accompanist for the Santa Fe High School Choral Department and the Director of the Royal School of Church Music at the Church of the Holy Faith. She also enjoys being an on-air announcer weekdays for Classical 95.5 KHFM Albuquerque/Santa Fe, but still finds time to sing with such groups as the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, with whom she is a featured soloist in their PBS special “Conspirare, a Company of Voices.”
Alex Hanna is a designer, and a marketing and branding consultant. His company, Invisible City Designs (ICD), specializes in high quality print work and creative direction. Clients include The Essential Guides, The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Fly Santa Fe, La Fonda Hotel, Save Water Santa Fe, and ARTsmart NM. Hanna founded ICD in 2007. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Art History. After teaching in Asia and on the East Coast for 5 years he moved to Santa Fe to work as Nedra Matteucci's head of marketing and design. In the community, Hanna has served as Chairman of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Business Council, as co-chair of the Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner fundraising event for the Community Leadership Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and on the Community Foundation’s Envision Fund executive committee. Hanna recently stepped down as President of the Yale Association of New Mexico.
Adelma Aurora Hnasko has a background in arts education, having worked with organizations through the US studying the creative activities of youth, both in school as well as in youth-based arts programs. She has published research and co-produced a documentary film focusing on young people in the arts. At the local level, Hnasko has participated in policy and grant-making initiatives, as well as in administrative, teaching and creative start-up work. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, developed and implemented assessment tools for arts learning, and help architect and launch creative organizations. More recently, Hnasko has been documenting, cataloguing and exhibiting the visual art of her late father, Don Roach. She consults and mentors on local projects and publishes the occasional article or essay.
Bernadette Ortiz Peña holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Santa Fe University of Art & Design and New Mexico Teaching Credentials in Fine Arts, Gifted, TESOL, Physical Education and Language Arts. She studied dance pedagogy and instruction at University of California-Irvine and University of New Mexico. An educator with Santa Fe Public Schools and New Mexico School for the Arts, she developed integrated art based curriculum for elementary students and wrote the first teacher’s guide for the National Dance Institute of new Mexico. She developed her own standards-based dance program for Capital High School (CHS) students teaching various dance genres. Over the years, the program succeeded in winning dance team awards, developing professional performers, choreographers and teachers. Together with Santa Fe High School and New Mexico School for the Arts, the Capitol City Dance Conference was created, hosting over 100 teen dancers. She directed theatre for five years, leading her students to produce several plays, musicals and NMAA State One Act Championships. Ortiz Peña helped begin a student film program landing feature films on the CHS school site, providing dual credit classes, creating mentorships and collaborations. An active participant in NMFILM, she has built a resume in acting, properties, costuming, casting, and studio teaching. Her credits include a dance scene in Tiger Eyes, a movie based on the book by Judy Blume. She received an internship for women in film casting, and was a selected participant in the Robert Redford MILAGRO Workshop Project. Keeping her passion alive in performance, Ortiz Peña most recently choreographed Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me Ultima in which she also played La Muerte. She also appeared in Irma Mayorga's Cascarones, Julia Alvarez's In The Time of Butterflies and Eve Ensler's The Good Body. She is grateful for her two children, a career in arts and for those local artists and venues such as Teatro Paraguas, Wise Fool, Santa Fe Community College, The Lensic and Pomegranate SEEDS Program who have developed collaborations and mentorships for her students past and present.
Exilda Trujillo de Martinez, a native of Espanola, NM, with a heritage that spans 400 years of ancestry in the area, graduated from Loretto Academy in Santa Fe. Trujillo de Martinez began teaching at the middle school level with the Santa Fe Public Schools, and eventually served as principal of Alameda Middle School for the last six years of her 25-year educational career. She then served as a bill analyst for the House Education committee, New Mexico State Legislature from 1999 through 2006. Trujillo de Martinez has been active in political, social and civic activities her entire adult life. She served on the City of Santa Fe Children & Youth Commission for 12 years. She has been an active member of La Sociedad Folklorica, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Spanish culture, for 40 years. Presently, she is serving on the Risk Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority.
Jorge Luis Bernal is a working Santa Fe artist and retired architect. He moved to the City Different after careers as an architect in private practice, a professor of architecture at a South Florida magnet Design and Architecture High School, and the project architect for the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. As a teenager, he began painting and later in life discovered ceramics. He continues to explore the joys and challenges of both. Born in Havana, Cuba, Bernal lived in Miami, FL and Bethesda, MD before finding his true home in Santa Fe, where he has dedicated his energy to producing art and promoting local artists. He is Co-President of the Santa Fe Studio Tour and a docent and teacher at the Museum of Encaustic Art. His work has recently been featured in Pasatiempo and on the cover of the Journal of the American Psychological Association. One of the highlights of his new life in Santa Fe has been the installation of his sculpture, Tree of Knowledge at the Southside Public Library, a sculpture dedicated to the life-changing influence of books and learning on our children.
Andrea R. Hanley has been an arts advocate for more than 25 years. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field. Hanley has had an impressive career working as a curator, gallerist, writer, fundraiser, lecturer, and volunteer. She has served as the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts for the past six years. She spent over nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., serving as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. Upon returning to Arizona, Hanley worked as fine arts coordinator/curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director for ATATL, Inc., an organization dedicated to Native American art advocacy, Artrain USA, a national arts organization, as its Sponsorship and Major Gifts Officer, and the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. She currently serves on the Axle Contemporary Board of Directors and as a Committee Member for the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. She has over three decades of professional experience working in the field of exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
David Scheinbaum is former Director/Chair of the Photography Department and Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Professor Emeritus, College of Santa Fe. Bitsi, his photographs of New Mexico's Bisti Badlands were published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1987. In 1990 Florida International University Press published Miami Beach: Photographs of an American Dream. He and wife Janet Russek, have collaborated on three projects: Ghost Ranch: Land of Light, Photographs by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, Balcony Press 1997, Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching from the Museum of New Mexico Press in 2005, and Remnants: Photographs of the Lower East Side, Radius Books, 2017. In 2006 the Museum of New Mexico Press published Stone: A Substantial Witness. Hip Hop: Portraits of An Urban Hymn, Damiani Editore published in 2012, was exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery as Recognize: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture 2008. The work was also exhibited as part of the exhibition, Clubs, Joints and Honky-Tonks at Norton Museum of Art and at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris as Hip Hop; du Bronx aux Rues Arabes in 2015. His current work focuses on the production of paper negatives, addressing black culture and racism in America and life and ceremony along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. David worked with preeminent photo historian Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhall's death in 1993 and continues as co-executor of his estate. With Janet Russek, he operates Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., private fine art photography dealers and consultants in Santa Fe, exclusively representing the estates of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall and Eliot Porter. David has been the recipient of both the New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Originally from Arkansas, Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager, visited New Mexico for the first time in 1983 to attend Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. In 1992 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas Rod spent a year working abroad in London England before returning to New Mexico to earn his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After spending almost a decade in Chicago, Illinois as both an Operations and Project Manager for several graphic design firms Rod returned to New Mexico in 2006 as the Gallery and Warehouse Manager at Santa Fe Clay. Rod has been the Community Gallery Manager since its inception in 2008.
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