Sage Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts working with Allan Sekula, Joann Callis, Harry Gamboa Jr, and others. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico working with Joyce Neimanas, and Patrick Nagatani. He has been nominated for awards such as, the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer in January 2014, and the 5th Annual Jeunes Talents Photography Program in January 2011. He was born in Oregon in 1982. His family moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1988, where he grew up until moving to California for 10 years. Paisner is currently Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, and special faculty at Calarts where he teaches alternative processes, exhibition workshops, and mural size analog black and white and color printing. In Santa Fe he also teaches at IAIA in the film program as well as leading workshops for students at New Mexico School for the Arts. Paisner records family, friends, and mentors using video and photography to bring forward the stories that are often left out of mainstream history books and the media. The stories and images create a history that represents the struggles of the community. He focuses on issues of poverty, sovereignty, social activism, and local land rights, and the idea of what a family album represents and how it operates and is expanded. He travels to places and communities of historical importance in Northern New Mexico, Navajo Nation, Los Angeles, South Dakota, and other places with a camera to create visual stories about the people and the land.
Board of Directors
Scarlett Widgeon PHD
Scarlett Widgeon was born in Barranquilla, Columbia and grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She received her BS in Chemistry from University of New Mexico 2007 and her PHD from UC Davis in 2013. Dr. Widgeon completed the University of California presidents postdoctoral fellowship at UC Santa Barbara. She continues her teaching and research in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Charleen Touchette is an artist, author, educator, and activist. She studied art and art history at Wellesley, RISD, Brown, and Bard. She received a BA in painting from Bard in 1975, where her mentor was Elizabeth Murray. She is the celebrated author of It Stops With Me, Ndn Art, and a chapter in Feminist Art Criticism. She was a national board member of the Women Caucus for Art, and the New Mexico WCA. In 1998, she was awarded the WCA President's Award. Touchette founded the Spiderwomen World Arts Network in 1990. She lectures widely at museums and art institutions, and was a visiting artist at arts colleges including MCAD, and Colorado University Boulder, and was adjunct faculty at IAIA in 2001. Touchette was featured in the What Follows video series on contemporary artists. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and been published in the Women's Art Journal, Native Peoples, American Indian Art Magazine, and New Directions for Women. She has curated exhibits nationwide, including at the Queens Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Kai McBride: Program & Marketing Coordinator
Kai McBride is a photographer, musician, teacher, and avid cyclist who recently uprooted from Brooklyn to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent the last ten years teaching photography and managing the photo facilities at Columbia University, his alma mater, where he received an MFA in 2008.
Born on the island of Kauai in 1972, by his 18th birthday Kai had lived in California, Oregon, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Texas, Oahu, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. He sharpened his powers of observation while adjusting to life between suburban ranch-style homes, cabins with no running water, and a twenty foot teepee in the field of a commune.
His photographs have been exhibited in museum and gallery exhibitions, and are held in public and private collections. His first monograph, “About Face: Picturing Tampa”, was published by SPQR Editions in Fall 2016.
Renee Lauzon is an artist working in painting, sound art installation, and experimental music. She has studied under Faith Wilding, Ulrike Muller, Dont Rhine, Humberto Ramirez, Suzy Spence, and Marie Shurkus at Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Visual Art program, where she focused on semiotics, Deleuzian theory, phenomenology, and affect theory, studies that grounded her studio practice in relevant contemporary visual art discourse. Renee has exhibited her installations throughout the Northeast United States, Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and Santa Fe, NM and her paintings are in private collections throughout the United States. Her experimental music and sound poetry album, Highway, is exhibited on the international online sound archive, SONM. She’s published several essays, including “One Trauma Ignites Many,” a fictional essay written in verse in The Art of the Animal: Fourteen Women Artist Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat, Lantern Books, NYC. Renee received her MFA in 2012 and currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.
Eytan Libedinsky was born in Santiago, Chile but has spent most of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He attended the Santa Fe Waldorf High school where he realized his love for photography in his senior year and decided to do his year-long senior project on photography with Sage Paisner as his mentor. He is currently pursuing an undergrad in Economics with a minor in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Lindsey Kennedy is a Santa Fe-based photographer originally from Lawrence, Kansas. Her creative work began with a film photography practice while she earned a degree in political science and gender studies and embarked on a career in journalism. She came to Santa Fe to join then-art collective Meow Wolf, where she has spent the last 4 years shooting documentary photo and video for the production company.
Kevin Bond is an artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His photographic career began at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and continued through an artist fellowship at Peters Valley School of Craft. It was there he cultivated a love of alternative processes and multidisciplinary practice and discovered the value of teaching and mentorship. In Santa Fe he has worked for Bostick & Sullivan where he expanded his knowledge of and experimentation with photographic chemistry, and photo-eye Bookstore where he is steeped in inspiring work.