Arts Commissioners and Staff
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.
Todd Eric Lovato, Vice-Chair serves as Web and Digital Media Strategist at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), where he is responsible for driving the college’s social media strategies and online presence. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of SantaFe.com, an online entertainment and travel website that houses the web presences for six local radio stations and other city-centric sites. He was SFCC’s Director of Media Relations from 2007 to 2011. Lovato has worked as a freelance writer for various publications and a journalist for the Albuquerque Journal. He currently serves on two City Council committees: the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and Nighttime Economic Task Force. He is a five-time New Mexico Music Award-winning music producer and musician. Lovato also currently heads the electronic-folk-rock duo Todd and the Fox. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe.
Monique Anair serves as program lead, grants and contract coordinator, and faculty for the film program at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC). After graduating from Emerson College, Anair began her career as a camera assistant in Massachusetts before moving to Hollywood where she worked as a camera technician and underwater cinematographer. In 2013, she received her Master of Arts in Education Leadership at the University of New Mexico where she focused on adult education and education in virtual platforms including Second Life and Could Party. Anair is currently leadinga Research and Public Service Project (RPSP) for the State of New Mexico which is designed to provide opportunities for fledgling New Mexican film producers to increase the current 2% of homegrown working-film-directors to 25% by 2025. She has taught with the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings Programs, College of Santa Fe, GirlsFilmSchool, and Institute for American Indian Art where her focus is in career and technical education for career readiness. She currently teaches cinematography and environmental communication in real and virtual classrooms. Her work includes study abroad programs in cultural communication and environmental social media projects in film production and multimedia entrepreneurship. She is proud mom of a wonderful 9 year-old and resides in Santa Fe with her husband Nick.
Sara Eyestone is a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico. She reports that she was “born artistic” and her memories of childhood include the stories of a time when Los Alamos was truly the Atomic City of the 40’s and 50’s. Her artwork has been featured in a number of exhibitions, including a national tour and a retrospective at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Eyestone’s oil paintings are internationally published as art posters and Caspari note cards. These reproductions, featured in over 500 museum shops from South Africa to Japan, have generated a large following for her work. Signature lines of other products include prints, fabrics, calendars, and the fundraising limited edition plate titled The Golden Lady that helped raise money for the Statue of Liberty’s renovation. Returning from the East Coast to Santa Fe, she is excited to become one of the newest Arts Commission members, and the Art Curator of the historic La Posada Hotel.
Penelope Hunter-Stiebel is an independent curator and historian. She is a regular columnist for El Palacio magazine and serves on the board of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. She has Masters of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she was the Wrightsman Fellow for study with Pierre Verlet of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University. As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art she worked with the historic collections and developed the then new field of Design. She curated exhibitions for New York art gallery Rosenberg & Stiebel before becoming Curator of European Art at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, where she organized major international exhibitions. Her teaching resume includes adjunct professorships at Parsons Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Program in History of Design as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum Studies division. Hunter-Stiebel has lectured extensively, edited exhibition catalogs and contributed to significant US publications such as Art News, Antiques and GQ. Prior to entering the museum world, she was a dancer, trained at the School of American Luigi Jazz, Harkness and Alvin Ailey.
Bernadette Ortiz Peña holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the 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 since the mid-1980's, 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 has developed her own standards-based dance program for Capital High School (CHS) students teaching various dance genres. Over the years, the program has succeeded in winning dance team awards, developing professional performers, choreographers and teachers. Together with Santa Fe High School and the New Mexico School for the Arts, the Capitol City Dance Conference was created, annually hosting over 100 teen dancers. She was honored to direct theatre for five years, leading her hard-working students to produce several plays, musicals and two 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 first 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.
Ashlyn Perry has a passion for the arts and has been working in design for the last 5 years. After 20 years of working in sales for a Fortune 500 corporation, she now concentrates her efforts in branding and marketing her Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, NM, as well as taking on individual design and creative projects. Perry also has a passion for philanthropy and has been involved fund raising efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern NM, The Santa Fe Opera, Institute of American Indian Arts and other local charitable and arts organizations.
Kathlene Ritch, 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.”
Brian Vallo currently serves as Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research. A member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe and a resident of Santa Fe, Vallo has over 25 years of experience working with tribal groups throughout the Southwest in the areas of historic preservation, museum and tourism development, governance, marketing, and the arts. A former Lt. Governor at Acoma, his work experience extends into the fields of architecture and planning. A self-taught artist (painter and potter), he enjoys experimentation with natural materials he discovers on the New Mexico landscape to create mixed media works that celebrate aspects of Native American culture.
Vallo attended New Mexico State University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing, and later studied Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He serves on various non-profit Boards in New Mexico, including Santa Fe-based Chamiza Foundation, and the Native American Advised Endowment Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
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Arts Services Coordinator
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