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The 2012/13 SITE Scholars

The SITE Scholar Program is a new initiative to honor college and graduate level creative students in our community. Founded with the goal to increase student participation in the museum and contemporary art world, this program enables students to enrich their educational experience. Comprised of top students from The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Community College, St John’s College, and Highlands University, these nominated students are recognized by SITE Santa Fe as high achieving leaders within their schools.  The students selected for the SITE Scholar program are given opportunities to network and work collaboratively on a project to be presented in a museum context. Additionally, the students are presented with a membership card that gives these students free access to SITE’s programs as well as membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program and the Modern/Contemporary Membership program, both of which offer complimentary admission to most art museums nationwide.

Please watch this video about our 2013/14 SITE Scholars:

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2012/13 SITE Scholars

This year students will engage with the More Real? exhibition that was presented at SITE through January 2013 and which travels to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the spring of 2013. The SITE Scholars will conceive of the first half of a project that will travel with the exhibition and will be completed by students in Minneapolis.

Biographical information about the scholars:

Brandee Caoba is mixed media artist, blurring the line between painting and photography. Her work alternates between analog and digital, and explores the relationships of how we relate to the narratives of myth and mythologies as individuals and as a society. She is the former apprentice of feminist artist and activist May Stevens, and most recently interned with Bostick and Sullivan furthering her exploration of hand crafted photography and alternative processes. She is in her final year at The Institute of American Indian Arts.

India Cochrane is from Baltimore, Maryland and is currently a sophomore at St John’s College. She has been drawing her whole life, but she picked up art more seriously in high school where she built a portfolio of mostly charcoal drawings, oil paintings and a few pieces in fashion design. She rediscovered her love for visual art and took many painting and drawing classes in 9th and 10th grade, then in 11th grade she learned to design and create clothing. She decided upon a different route for college and chose St John’s where she passionately studies the Classics of the Western world through the Great Books Program. Art is not offered at St John’s; because of this she has once again rediscovered her love for making visual art and her need for a creative outlet.

Nina Dubois is an artist whose work and research focuses on the ways in which the built environment is informed by and reflects our understanding of natural systems. Through sculptural and architectural installations, she explores the pragmatic, phenomenological, and symbolic aspects of those relationships. After receiving a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, she participated in the Land Arts of the American West program at the University of New Mexico, where she is currently finishing her MFA with a focus in Art & Ecology. Current projects include collaboration with Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr on the SeedBroadcast Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station, and SOUND COLONY, an outdoor sculptural/sound installation sited at the Alvarado Urban Farm in conjunction with ISEA 2012 Machine Wilderness.

Katherine Goldman started off as an art student, then changed course and spent a number of years traveling and working as a chef.  She has recently become involved in making art again.  She is currently attending Santa Fe Community College in preparation to complete her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and art at the University of New Mexico.

Hannah Hoel’s current work emphasizes repeated action, employing fiber arts within a formal setting while exploring the relationship between the handmade and the geometric.  She is pursuing her second bachelor’s degree at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Studio Art after previously earning a BA in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College, London, and an MA in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.

A product of the Peace Corps, KB Jones was raised in the US and Africa. She received her BA from Columbia University in 2002 and lived and worked in the New York art world before moving to New Mexico for her graduate studies.  A second year MFA candidate at UNM, she is primarily a painter. Her work is about the figure, culture, and the practice of painting: her connection to everyone.

Lucy Madeleine is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture and installation. She is interested in the relationship between language and the body and makes work that explores this dynamic through visual metaphor. Recently relocated to Santa Fe from Los Angeles, CA, she is completing her BFA in Studio Arts at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

KaiLani Mayer holds on to things. Her installations are carefully constructed spaces that incorporate both personal belongings as well as found objects. Focusing on preservation and the human impulse to keep things, she is interested in how we collect pieces of evidence of our past in order to have a way of understanding ourselves. She pushes her honesty, authenticity and vulnerability in order to establish an intimate experience with the viewer. Playing with both revealing and hiding, she strives to connect with the viewer while also maintaining a distance or sense of longing. Currently, she is working on her honor’s thesis work for her BFA at the University of New Mexico.

Jessica Minnich moved from Portland, Oregon to Santa Fe where she is a junior at SFUAD. She is interested in ideas of morbidity and the uncanny and explores notions of gender identity through her performance.

Conor Peterson is in his final year of studies as a graduate student of Electronic Art at the University of New Mexico, where he moved after studying at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Though primarily raised by roving packs of coffee and semi intelligent tree moss, Conor has taken a liking to the relics of nuclear science that litter the desert of New Mexico. Inspired by the historical complexity of the area, Conor has been transmuting the concerns of new media into novel technological works by applying his background in computer science and engineering. He recently helped to organize the Underground Symposium of Electronic Art, a metashow coincident with ISEA 2012 that emphasized local experimental art.

Alycia Smith was born in Oregon. She completed her BA in Philosophy at University of Oregon and is currently working toward an MA in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College. Her primary focus in art is poetry and photography. She is interested in the notion of transience in art, and artwork as interactive and evolving activity.

Miles Tokunow is a multimedia storyteller. He is both an artist and educator. Currently a Masters Candidate at Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, Miles is interested in creating interactive performance spaces combining dance, film and sound. Miles has worked at and with non-profits in Santa Fe teaching elementary, high school and college students how to tell their own stories through different forms of media. He is currently in the process of making collaborative art that focuses on social change through multimedia performance.

Trang Minh Vu was born in Saigon, Vietnam. One of 11 siblings and the youngest of 7 girls, she immigrated to United States after the Vietnam War. Trang earned her MFA in 1995 from UC Irvine in Video Installation with an emphasis on Marginalized Identity. She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is pursuing a degree in photography at the Santa Fe Community College. Her approach to exploring gender and the body utilizes a personal photographic narrative: a silent dialog with the camera.  The subject is the viewer’s perception of sexuality, emotion, cultural and social restraints.  The visual language includes abstract elements, ordinary objects, fetish images and the human form.  Nuance, innuendo, and symbolic constructions are all present and important.

Crystal Demientieff Worl is Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House from the Chilkat region in Southeast Alaska. From her mother’s side, she is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska. She was introduced at a young age to her traditional arts, practices, and story telling. Today she is a senior in both Studio Arts and Moving Images at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Crystal works in jewelry metals, glass, and painting. The forms Crystal focuses on are based on traditional Tlingit form line (aka Northwest Coast Design.) Today at IAIA Crystal utilizes her education to apply new techniques and ways of presenting that have not been done before to traditional designs and stories. It is her responsibility to carry on her ancestral knowledge of creation and life through contemporary story and art and pass it down to the next generations.

Nominators:

Lauren Addario, AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University

Michael Hoffer, Design Chair, School of Arts + Design Program Head, Sculpture, Ceramics Assistant Professor, Fine Woodworking Santa Fe Community College

Scott Marshall Anderson, Painting and Drawing Professor, University of New Mexico

André Ruesch, Chair of Arts, Professor of Photography, School of Arts + Design at Santa Fe Community College

Adrienne Salinger, Photography Professor, University of New Mexico

Linda Swanson, Chair of the Art Department, Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Charlene Teters, Chair of the Art Department, Institute of American Indian Arts

Mary Tsiongas, Associate Chair & Graduate Director, Associate Professor Electronic Arts, Art & Art History, University of New Mexico

Edward Walpin, Assistant Dean, St. Johns University

 

2013/14 SITE Scholars

Biographical information about the scholars:
Lea Marta Andersson moved to New Mexico in 2003 from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 2008 and is currently an MFA candidate working within the disciplines of Art & Ecology and Painting & Drawing at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Andersson has traveled widely, bringing notions of place, both geographical and cosmological, to her minimalist paintings.

Seiya Bowen is a Japanese-American student at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a degree in Studio Arts, Photography. Coming from a multi-racial background, Bowen is mainly interested in the theme of identity. His work questions our inability to relate as human beings and the barriers within ourselves that keep us separate.

Destini Duran is a fashion design student at the Santa Fe Community College and has been designing for about a year now. Destini loves fashion and creating beautiful garments for women of all shapes and sizes. She strives to make the woman wearing her clothes feel beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, but also a little edgy and sexy. In 2013 she was chosen to show for Santa Fe fashion week as an emerging designer. Destini’s line is called Destinista Fashions.

Julia Edmonds is from the Kiowa and Caddo tribes of Oklahoma. She grew up in Southern California and has been attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the last 4 years. She is a senior majoring in Studio Arts, with a focus in painting. Her work leans towards Abstract Expressionism. She was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society on October 22, 2013.

David Estrada is an independent filmmaker and photographer, currently based in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He received a BFA in Film Production from the University of Central Florida and later served as a cinematography lecturer to UCF undergraduates. David worked as an editor and camera/photo assistant at Deeb Studios in Orlando, Florida, and as a freelancer and production assistant for various directors in New York City. He spent two seasons living in Denali National Park, Alaska, where he served as a photographer, cinematographer, and video editor for Aramark Sports, LLC, editing documentary-style videos for clients. David won the Best Cinematography Award at The Freak Show Film Festival in 2009 for the short film, “The Sleuth Incident”. He won third place in the Cannes Young Lions competition in 2008 for his original commercial, “Our America,” and his short film, “Tears in the Rain,” won the Bronze REMI award at the Houston Worldfest. He has spent three years documenting the economies and lives of coffee farmers in Latin America. David has led photography workshops with National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Alaska, Iceland, Greece, Italy, Ecuador and the Grand Canyon. He is interested in how photography is changing with emerging technology, and he wants to experiment with interactive media while he pursues his MA in Media Arts at New Mexico Highlands University.

Since childhood, Sango Imai-Hall wanted to be a cartoonist. After high school he attended the Center for Cartoon Studies, a new college dedicated to comics. After graduation, Sango enrolled at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where he hoped to improve his skills as a visual artist and creative writer. At SFUAD he became preoccupied with the questions every artist must face: Who am I? What inspires me? What is my message? He began exploring these questions in his work while also experimenting with different mediums and aesthetics. He has used his studies in art history and contemporary culture to understand his role in the artistic canon. Today, he sees a general discord between the arts and entertainment and wishes to rectify their differences in his work, utilizing both pop and academic culture to create meaningful yet accessible stories and artworks. Sango’s work can be viewed at: sangoart.nfshost.com.

Shelbie Loomis grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and currently attends Santa Fe University of Art and Design on a full scholarship. Shelbie uses monochromatic colors and themes to create large-scale charcoal drawings and sculptures that express controlled environments of life and death. She also utilizes materials such as graphite, ink, charcoal, light bulbs, copper, water, bug life, and plants. Shelbie is currently a senior and plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2014 to further explore studio arts and social practice.

Diana Padilla is originally from Mexico City. She is now in her last year of college in the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, with a major in Studio Art. She loves painting, but her main interest is in museum and curatorial studies. Diana was an intern in the Education Department at SITE Santa Fe in 2012, and she is currently working as an intern at ARTsmart.

A.J Peters was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, a thirty-minute ferry ride from Seattle, WA. He began to dabble in digital photography in high school, and in little time, pulled his mom’s Minolta out from the dusty shoebox it lived in and constructed a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom. At first he loved the ability to chronicle what was happening around him, but he slowly started to realize that his photos were actually more personal than that and shared an inward vision. After high school, A.J. spent seven months traveling in South America and felt at home with just a camera in his hand. He’s since continued to shoot, using mostly digital photography. A.J. Peters currently attends St. John’s College. His photos can be seen at http://cargocollective.com/torpedofish.

Elizabeth Shores is currently working on several projects under the umbrella of a faux institute called ‘My Presence is Productive, Inc.’, exploring different aspects of production, agency, and power through a series of projects ranging from performances and video archives to educational pamphlets, guided tours, drawings and paintings. Shores is seeking not only to understand the societal frameworks that define her by what she makes as an artist and as an individual, but also the ways in which these structures illuminate foundational concepts of society. Having received her BFA in Intermedia from The University of Iowa, she is currently pursuing an MFA at The University of New Mexico and has exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally.

Laura Walkingstick is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC. In 2005 she completed an AFA in Studio Arts at Institute of American Indian Arts and is now completing her BFA in studio arts, with her concentrations in ceramics and jewelry. At the age of 10 she learned how to sew pieces of scrap materials to make doll clothes. In 2006 while working an internship for the Museum of the Cherokee Indians she decided to create her own unique cloth dolls, fashioned in 18th century style clothing. Her inspirations come from Cherokee doll makers, Richard and Berdina Crowe, who made wooden dolls. Her work reflects various Cherokee traditions with unique contemporary ideas. While dolls are her main interest, she continues to explore historical ceramic works from a variety of cultures to incorporate new ideas and designs into her doll making.

Nominators:

Lauren Addario, AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Coordinator at New Mexico Highlands University

Scott Marshall Anderson, Painting and Drawing Professor, University of New Mexico

Ezra Estes, Program Head, Fashion Design, Santa Fe Community College

Mark Herndon, Studio Arts Chair, Institute of American Indian Arts

Adrienne Salinger, Photography Professor, University of New Mexico

Linda Swanson, Chair of the Art Department, Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Charlene Teters, Chair of the Art Department, Institute of American Indian Arts

Diane Tintor, Associate Professor of Art History and Jewelry and Metal Arts, Santa Fe Community College

Mary Tsiongas, Associate Chair & Graduate Director, Associate Professor Electronic Arts, Art & Art History, University of New Mexico

Edward Walpin, Assistant Dean, St. Johns University