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March 26, 2015
Community gallery Announces “30 Under 30” The Next Generation

June 26–September 5, 2015

Opening, Friday, June 26, 5-7 pm

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Community Gallery announces an exciting new planned exhibition, “30 UNDER 30.” In keeping with the Gallery’s emphasis of promoting New Mexico artists, the exhibit will feature 30 artists under the age of 30 from throughout the state of New Mexico.  To assist us in the selection of artists, the Arts Commission has enlisted a cadre of talented curators from across the state to recruit artists and select the pieces for the exhibit.  The panel of esteemed curators includes:  Meaghan Ferguson, Brad Hamann, Joanne Lefrak, Tey Nunn and Marisa Sage.  The public is invited to an opening on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

“We felt it was essential to draw attention to the fresh new work being developed by early-career artists throughout New Mexico,” says Community Gallery Manager, Rod Lambert.  “The featured artists selected for the exhibit are the next generation of creative thinkers and their work will certainly push aesthetic boundaries and media restrictions.  We hope that through this exhibit, we are able to build collaborative relationships with both artists and arts organizations statewide, bringing talented young artists to a wider audience.”

The full list of artists will be announced mid spring.

About the curators for 30 Under 30:

Meghan Ferguson Meghan Ferguson has been the Gallery Director at Tamarind since May 2012. In addition to her work with Tamarind, Ferguson is also a board member of Emerge Albuquerque, a chapter of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network. Ferguson has given talks about lithography and Tamarind to The International Society of Appraisers, along with several national museum groups, organizations and institutions. Ferguson has also collaborated with many institutions nationally and internationally in curating exhibitions of Tamarind prints and projects. Prior to Tamarind she was an Associate Director at Eight Modern in Santa Fe. She also worked for Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Art Santa Fe International Art Fair, and various contemporary galleries and arts organizations over the past decade.

Brad HamannBrad Hamann is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and Master of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Marywood University. His award winning illustrations have appeared in many of America's leading magazines and newspapers including the NY Times, Wall St. Journal, Barrons, Travel & Leisure and others. He has lent his unique style to several major advertising campaigns including those of DKNY, Honda of America, Schick and Calloway Golf. Hamann has received significant recognition for his digital illustration which had been featured in books and articles on computer art. Hamann has taught at Parsons, Syracuse University and Marist College and currently is Associate Professor of Art at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), teaching courses in graphic design and digital illustration. He also serves as chair of the Department of Art at ENMU. He enjoys living in Portales, NM, in the warm heart of the sunbelt, with his wife Jane, who is a personal trainer. 

Joanne LefrakJoanne Lefrak is a visual artist, museum educator and teacher. In her artwork, she explores the connection between history and the experience of place. Her work has been exhibited at MASS MoCA,  ev+a in Ireland, ArtAspen, Art Miami, the Albuquerque Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, among others. Her artwork has been reviewed in Art in America, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Art ltd., CIRCA Art Magazine, AdobeAirstream, and the Santa Fean, and many other national and international magazines and blogs. She is passionate about arts education and she works as the Director of Education and Outreach at SITE Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, NM. In addition, Lefrak teaches as a visiting artist in the classroom with the El Otro Lado Program through the Academy for the Love of Learning and at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She also serves as the chair of the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission. Joanne Lefrak was the recipient of the 2014 Mayors Award for Excellence in the Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

Tey Marianna NunnTey Marianna Nunn, Ph.D is the Director and Chief Curator of the Art Museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Previous to that she spent nine years as the Curator of Contemporary Hispano and Latino collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. She received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico where her research focused on Spanish Colonial, Contemporary Latin American, and Chicana/o and Latina/o art history and history.  She is the author of Sin Nombre: Hispana and Hispano Artists of the New Deal Era (University of New Mexico Press, 2001). She is active in issues concerning Latinos and museums and has been elected twice to the Board of Trustees for the American Alliance of Museums. A recipient of numerous research fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and the Bogliasco Foundation, Dr. Nunn was voted “Santa Fe Arts Person and Woman of the Year” in 2001. In 2014, Dr. Nunn was honored by Los Amigos de Arte Popular with the Van Deren Coke award for outstanding contributions to expanding the knowledge of Mexican and Latin American folk art.

Marisa Sage Marisa Sage is the University Art Gallery Director at New Mexico State University (NMSU). At NMSU Sage curated “Off the Wall”, a two-parted exhibition tracing the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU, as well as showing the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. Sage is a New York native, who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Syracuse University and Masters of Digital Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. She established Like the Spice Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which held over 65 exhibitions between 2006 and 2012.

The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street.  Public parking is available in the Center garage, located off Federal Avenue.  The Community Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (SFAC), an agency within the municipal government of the City of Santa Fe, provides leadership by and for City government in supporting arts and cultural affairs.  The SFAC also recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community.  For more information contact the SFAC at 505-955-6707, email [bot protected email address], or by fax 505-955-6671


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