• David Eichholtz

Four Teams Curate Six Rotating Exhibitions For The Inaugural Edition of The Santa Fe Art Project Sep


The inaugural edition of The Santa Fe Art Project showcases the most cutting-edge artwork of the Southwest’s cultural capitol. Eight curators from Santa Fe will feature over 50 established and emerging artists representing the best of the city’s contemporary art scene.

The Santa Fe Art Project is a multi-faceted presentation of visual arts creativity in “The City Different.” Over an eight-week period, a series of rotating exhibitions of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and digital media will be accompanied by a series of gallery talks, panel discussions and other public events.

The first of a series of three exhibitions for The Santa Fe Art Project will be September 9 through 24, 2016 with an opening reception for the artists and curators on Friday, September 9 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at David Richard Gallery located at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone: 505-983-9555. The presentation for Part I will feature Santa Fe artists: Craig Duncan, Marina Eskeets, Matt King, Phat Le, Heather McGill, Dylan Pommer and Kade Twist. A separate presentation by guest curator John McKissick will include Santa Fe Artists: Nicholas Chiarella, Caley Dennis, Amelia Fugee, Christian Michael Filardo, Jamie Hamilton, Angelo Harmsworth, Lindsey Kennedy, Drew Lenihan and Lara Nickel.

The second exhibition for The Santa Fe Art Project, Part 2 will be September 30 through October 15, 2016 with an opening reception for the artists and curators on Friday, September 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at David Richard Gallery. This presentation will feature Santa Fe Artists: Chris Collins, Anne Farrell, Caity Kennedy, Garrett Koch, Daisy Quezada, Martin Rixe, Nico Salazar and Chase Stafford. A separate presentation, “Women’s Work”, by guest curators Jennifer Joseph and Chris Collins of the Santa Fe Collective will include Santa Fe Artists: Sydney Cooper, Jennifer Joseph, Thais Mather, Terri Rolland and Lucrecia Troncoso.

The third and final exhibition of The Santa Fe Art Project, Part 3 will be October 21 through November 6 with an opening reception for the artists and curators on Friday, October 21 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at David Richard Gallery. This presentation will feature Santa Fe Artists: Scott Anderson, Erik Gellert, Katherine Lee, Daniel McCoy, Ryan Robertson, Cara Romero and Jack Slentz. A separate presentation by guest curators Crockett Bodelson and Sandra Wang of SCUBA will include Santa Fe artists: Sue Begy, Andrew Cimelli, Derek Chan, Cheri Ibes, Parker Jennings, Jessamyn Lovell, Ric Lum, Kristen Roles and SCUBA.

“The cultural history of Santa Fe for the past 100 years is closely entwined with modern art history,” notes the project’s director, David Eichholtz. “The city has long been home to many of the world’s renown artists and The Santa Fe Art Project aims to continue this amazing story of visual creativity.”

“The participation by several of the city’s collectives and independent curators brings a fresh perspective to the Santa Fe art scene,” says Eichholtz. “The Santa Fe Art Project is a unique platform showcasing the kaleidoscope of creative energy to be found here.”

About the organizers and curators David Eichholtz and Richard Barger. Eichholtz and Barger started David Richard Contemporary, LLC in 2010 and now, jointly manage and run David Richard Gallery, LLC in Santa Fe. Since its inception the gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions of Post War abstraction and in 2015 launched DR Projects to provide a platform for younger artists from Santa Fe and beyond working in a broad spectrum of imagery and media. Eichholtz and Barger, principals, co-directors and co-curators of The Santa Fe Art Project, founded this project to showcase the large number of very talented emerging artists, creative curators and artist collectives in Santa Fe. Howard Rutkowski. Independent curator and art advisor, Howard Rutkowski has over 35 years experience in the international art industry, organizing and curating major exhibitions for museums and galleries across Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East. He is currently assisting with curatorial projects for the The Santa Fe Art Project as well as assisting David Richard Gallery and DR Projects with select programming and curatorial initiatives.

Jennifer Joseph and Chris Collins. Artists Joseph and Collins are the co-founders of the Santa Fe Collective, providing an exhibition and selling platform for artists living and working in the city. A resident of Santa Fe since 1991, Joseph is also the founder of the Trinket Company, featuring jewelry and design. Sculptor Collins received his BFA from the University of Montevallo and an MFA from the Memphis College of Art. He is currently an instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

John McKissick. The guiding light behind the Santa Fe collective Radical Abacus is independent curator John McKissick, whose industrial building hosts a constant stream of installation, music and performance work. McKissick is also a SITE Guide in the Education Department and archival assistant for the Nancy Holt-Robert Smithson Foundation.

Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson. Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson are a collaborative pair of artists who established Caldera in Santa Fe in 2011 and later took their collective efforts to New York and back as SCUBA.

Background

Founded in 1610, Santa Fe, New Mexico, is the oldest state capitol in the United States. Visual arts culture and cultural tourism have been part of the city’s fabric since the early days of the 20th century, even before New Mexico was admitted as the 47th State in the Union in 1912. Indeed, the Museum of New Mexico was founded in 1909.

Individual artists have always been part of the vibrant and forward-thinking art community. From the time in 1904 when Carlos Vierra arrived from New York, later joined by such important and influential artists as Marsden Hartley, George Bellows, John Sloan and Randall Davey (all of whom exhibited at the seminal 1913 Armory Show in New York), Santa Fe has been home to many local and transplanted artists who contributed and continue to contribute to the visual arts landscape.

The latter part of the 20th century has seen the community expand with creative luminaries such as John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Lucy Lippard, Harmony Hammond, Larry Bell, Ken Price, Lynda Benglis, Deborah Butterfield, Judy Chicago, Richard Tuttle, Terry Winter and Woody and Steina Vasulka, among a host of others.

In recognition of Santa Fe’s historic role in nurturing creative talent, UNESCO awarded it the honor of a global ‘Creative City’ in 2005.

These trends and traditions continue today with a new generation of artists, both those from Santa Fe as well as others drawn to the city’s creative vibe. Independent curatorial projects such as Santa Fe Collective, SCUBA, Radical Abacus, Strangers Collective and the ambitious artists group, Meow Wolf, are providing platforms for emerging talent that has begun to receive critical attention from around the world.

Partial funding was granted by the City of Santa Fe Lodgers Tax, www.SantaFe.org.

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