Executive Director

Sage Paisner

Sage Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. 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. Paisner is currently Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, special faculty at Calarts, and faculty at IAIA.

 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

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.

Staff

Kai McBride: Program & Marketing Coordinator

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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.

Website: https://kaimcbride.com

Volunteers

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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.

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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.