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Arts Commissioners and Staff


Arts and Culture Staff                

Pauline Kanako Kamiyama is the Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department which provides leadership by and for the City to support arts and cultural affairs; recommends policies and programs that develop and promote artistic excellence in the community. Under her purview are four focus areas: Youth Arts, Economic Growth, Creative Spaces and Engagement with programs including grants, art in public places, community gallery, youth and adult poet laureates, city historian, Mayor’s Awards in the Arts through the Culture Connects lens of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusivity. Most recently, Pauline is the former Deputy Director of Civic Art for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she was responsible for planning, developing and implementing what is becoming one of the largest public art programs in the country. She created and managed the Creative Strategist Initiative that embeds artists in County Departments as part of the Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

 Ms. Kamiyama has 20 years of experience in the arts and culture sector, primarily in civic and community based institutions.  Ms. Kamiyama is a strong advocate for community engagement with innovative problem solving and collaborative strategies. She has a particular interest in creative place keeping that brings artists, residents, business owners, civic and community stakeholders together to assess and build upon the unique physical and social character of a place through creative activities. She has worked on community development initiatives around issues of homelessness, racial diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. Ms. Kamiyama is a public speaker and presenter. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CSU, Fullerton, post graduate studies in public administration.



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Robert D. (Rod) Lambert Jr., Assistant Director, is responsible for management level decision making including policy recommendations and programmatic implementation related to the Arts and Culture Department.  That includes overseeing the Grants, Art in Public Places and Community Gallery team, the public art collection, the Galleries program and special initiatives which include Culture Connects.

Lambert has a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Hendrix College.  Lambert was the Arts Commission’s Community Gallery Manager from its inception in 2008 to 2019.  Prior to that he was the Gallery Director at Santa Fe Clay, Operations Manager with Essex Two (a Chicago graphic design boutique), and a Project Manager with Arthur Andersen’s Internet Design Division.




 Erminia Tapia was born and raised in Belen, New Mexico. Tapia moved to Santa Fe in 2007 and graduated from Capital High School. She attended Santa Fe Community College with a background in Sign Language interpreting.  Erminia has worked for both state and city government since 2010. She has been employed by the City of Santa Fe since 2014 working in various departments throughout government most recently including the Mayor’s Office and Constituent Services. She has helped with several program implementations such as Southside Summer, and also served on the planning committee for recent Mayor’s Ball in 2018 and 2019.






Arts Commissioners

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.

Alex Hanna

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


Adelma Aurora Hnasko has a background in arts education. She has 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-ups. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, developed and implemented assessment tools for arts learning, and help architect and launch several organizations. Hnasko serves as Executive Director of Resolana Farms, an arts residency program she founded on her family’s historic ranch in northern New Mexico. Hnasko sits on the boards of Santa Fe Preparatory School and The New Mexico Farmers’ Marketing Association.





Tamara Bates is a financial coach for individuals and nonprofits.  She has worked as a financial advisor at Raymond James and UBS Financial Services.  She’s also held roles as a development consultant for numerous nonprofits; as Vice President of Strategy and Programs for Innovate+Educate; as a Development Director at Santa Fe Waldorf School; and as a Program Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Tamara views her varied background as an asset for her clients, enabling her to provide holistic guidance to everyone from female entrepreneurs to nonprofit leaders.  She holds a B.A. with magna cum laude honors in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe, and a joint M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University. Tamara is a life-long dancer who trained at Cleo Parker Robinson, Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey and currently teaches dance in the after-school program at NDI-NM . She also serves on the boards of the LANL Foundation and Southwest Creations Collaborative. 


 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.                           




Alma Castro is a Santa Fe native, raised and now operating Cafe Castro, a longtime local hub for food and community organizing. In her undergraduate at Oberlin college, she earned a double major in political science and comparative american studies. During that time, she was selected as a Mellon fellow where she studied immigrant migration in the Midwest.  Continuing with her passion for labor rights, Alma returned home to help organize her community around economic justice. As an organizer for Somos Un Pueblo Unido, she helped launch New Mexico’s first worker center.  She most recently taught for the Chicago Mariachi Project and played in Chicago’s only all female mariachi. While in Chicago, she also continued her organizing work around labo rights and community organizing.  Alma is now back home to promote community building by using her family restaurant as an anchor for the preservation and expression of Santa Fe’s local culture, especially local food-ways.


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.




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.


 Bernadette Ortiz Peña

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.


David Scheinbaum is former Director/Chair of the Photography Department and the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Professor Emeritus, College of Santa Fe. 

His photographs of New Mexico's Bisti Badlands can be found in his book Bisti, published by the University of New Mexico Press, 1987.  In 1990 Florida International University Press published Miami Beach: Photographs of an American Dream.  This work is now archived at the History Miami Museum.  In 2006 the Museum of New Mexico Press published, Stone: A Substantial Witness.

He and his wife, Janet Russek, have collaborated on three projects; Ghost Ranch: Land of Light, Photographs by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek, Balcony Press, 1997, and Images in the Heavens, Patterns on the Earth: The I Ching, The Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005 and Remnants: Photographs of the Lower East Side, Radius Books, 2017. 

Hip Hop: Portraits of An Urban Hymn, Damiani Editore, was published in 2012. This work was exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, entitled Recognize: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture, 2008. The work was also exhibited as part of the exhibition, Clubs, Joints and Honky-Tonks, at the Norton Museum of Art, 2012 and at the Institut du Monde, Arabe, Paris, 2015, Hip Hop; du Bronx aux Rues Arabes. This work is now archived at The Cornell University Hip Hop Collection. 

His current work focuses on the production of paper negatives addressing black culture and racism in America.  The work was exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018 and is traveling to the Windgate Art and Design Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, in 2020.

His most recent work traces life and ceremony along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India.   

David worked with the preeminent photo historian Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhall's death in 1993 and continues as co-executor of his estate.  With his wife, Janet Russek, he operates Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., private fine art photography dealers and consultants in Santa Fe, New Mexico and exclusively represents the estate of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, and Eliot Porter.

David has been the recipient of both the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2010, and the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, 2001.  Scheinbaum has exhibited internationally, and is represented in numerous museum collections.



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