Santa Fe Art Institute


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The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1985 by Pony Ault and the noted architect and artist William Lumpkins, both of whom sought to provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue a brief, intense period of study with critically acclaimed visiting artists. Richard Diebenkorn was SFAI's first Visiting Artist, and he became a major force in the establishment of SFAI, helping to attract both students and other Visiting Artists, among whom are such renowned contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, Donald Sultan, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

Today, the Institute remains, as it was founded, an independent, educational, nonprofit organization. In 1999, the Institute moved to its extraordinary new facility. Designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the nearly 17,000 square-foot facility has permitted SFAI to expand its mission and programming significantly. SFAI takes as its mission an exploration of the intersections of contemporary art and society. By bringing together prominent individuals and institutions in the arts, sciences, and humanities, SFAI enlivens local, national, and international discourse through residencies, lectures, workshops, publications, exhibitions, and educational and outreach programming. Nurturing artists and providing a stimulating, creative atmosphere for their work serves society in an essential way and gives artists the support necessary to take risks and explore possibilities. For young people, the arts allow creativity and innovation to be valued along with the traditional skills for learning.

In support of this mission, SFAI has developed a wide range of programs aimed at serving artists at various stages of their careers and diverse audiences. SFAI has evolved the original Visiting Artist Program into the Artists Lecture & Workshop Series – concept-based, multidisciplinary programs that run for eight months each year and include lectures, studio workshops, and exhibitions. The Institute offers artist and writer residencies of one to three months duration, as well as emergency residency programs such as the New York City Emergency Artists Relief Program, which provided respite for 130 artists displaced by the tragic events of September 11. SFAI has initiated ongoing education and outreach programs that bring the arts and arts education to underserved audiences in the greater Santa Fe area. Collaborations with institutions and organizations such as the Palace of the Governors, Museum of International Folk Art, PhotoArts Santa Fe, The New Mexico School for the Deaf, and SITE Santa Fe, as well as with individuals representing a wide range of disciplines, further enhance programming and provide opportunities to engage the arts from a variety of perspectives. SFAI's Membership Program offers members at all levels a range of exciting benefits.

Join us for diverse, stimulating, year-round programs that reflect Santa Fe Art Institute's mission to explore the intersections of art and society.

Santa Fe Art Institute is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit institution. SFAI's programs receive support from the Institute's Board of Trustees, Brindle Foundation, The Burnett Foundation, Martha A. Healy, Lannan Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, Mill Atelier Foundation, New Mexico Tourism Board, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and individual donations.