I am a practicing artist, arts educator and arts administrator with more than twenty years of commitment to individual and community empowerment through creative public programs.
As an educator and administrator, I specialize in art education program design, management, and administration. I help both established and start-up organizations build their programs, strategize and implement growth or reorganization, and cultivate talent.
I am especially interested in working with projects, organizations, and people who have the ambition and potential to transform lives.
I enjoy building partnerships and networks among individual artists, communities, and organizations. As the founder of the Visual Arts Department at New Mexico School for the Arts, I learned the value of listening and collaboration. One of the most exciting aspects of my career at NMSA was working alongside a wide range of arts practitioners and leaders in Santa Fe, New Mexico; from gifted artist-colleagues to museum directors, from art students to world-renowned art collectors.
Artistic and educational collaboration is the essence of my work: listening to others, reflecting, synthesizing, generating possibilities, and bringing all my experience as an artist, teacher, and/or administrator to address complex, creative challenges.
Me identifico como Chicana y soy completamente bilingue y bicultural; I welcome opportunities to collaborate within diverse or underserved communities.
I am in my twentieth year as a teacher, primarily at the college and high school level. My studio instruction—be it private or group/classroom—revolves around clarifying intention and offering structured lessons to cultivate technical skills, critical thinking, and risk-taking.
I provide students with the skills and vocabulary to participate in art-making, art-thinking, and/or the arts economy, as per their interests and passion. Culturally and historically relevant art, architecture, and design history is a frequent component of my instruction.
I strive to create a studio environment of engaged and serious focus, authentic passion, and honest, collaborative critique. In additional to my administrative skills, I love working directly with students and artists!
In 2016, my work with New Mexico School for the Arts was profiled by Edutopia.org. Check it out:
- Strategic Planning
- Program Design & Evaluation
- Curriculum & Course Design
- Staff/Teacher Development
- Curatorial Projects
- Exhibition Design
- Grant Writing
- Public speaking
- Private Instruction + Critique
- Group/Class Instruction + Critique
- Contemporary Art & Art History Integration into Instruction
Contact me for high-impact consultation, dynamic public projects, and/or program development.
Photo credit: Yoëme Hömari, 2014