Santa Fe, N.M.—Jan. 21, 2015—Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will collaborate with Wade Wilson Art this spring to put on several university-curated exhibitions in the Wade Wilson Art contemporary gallery, a 3,700-square-foot space in the
heart of Santa Fe. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art is a series of three exhibitions, curated by SFUAD art professor David Leigh, that examine the historical and contemporary relationships that have formed the Art Department at SFUAD. The first of these curatorial projects, Reverberant Matter, will open Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It will highlight work by SFUAD students, alumni, faculty and guest artists, including Franco Andres, Nouel Riel, Brandon Soder, Daisy Quezada, Tom Miller, Willy Richardson and Cedra Wood.
Reverberant Matter uses the framework of material and scale to consider work from both students and professional artists, across and within educational and community contexts.
“It becomes a question of dialogue and influence, of looking back as well as looking ahead,” said Leigh. “Material and scale are a significant focus in the work of these artists, and those concerns resonate and form relationships between the works in this exhibition. This collaboration with Wade Wilson Art also gives SFUAD students exposure to gallery practices outside the classroom and enables them to further interface with the Santa Fe community in a professional atmosphere.”
Established in 2006, with a Santa Fe presence beginning in 2012, Wade Wilson Art highlights work of the highest caliber from artists in national and international contemporary art circles. Wilson continues his professional and personal commitment, more than two decades long, to the visual arts and arts education through his interaction with both the for-profit and nonprofit arts communities.
“Wade Wilson’s generous invitation to Santa Fe University of Art and Design is both a tangible statement of support for the university and a gesture of confidence in the education of young artists,” said Linda Swanson, dean of SFUAD’s School of Visual and Communication Arts. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art will also present events from across other artistic mediums that span the breadth of SFUAD programs, including musical performances, readings, artist talks and screenings.
Reverberant Matter/Project I
Feb. 13–27, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Wade Wilson Art
217 West Water Street, Santa Fe
About SFUAD’s Art Department
The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.
About Wade Wilson and Wade Wilson Art
Wade Wilson founded Wade Wilson Art in 2006. In July 2012, he opened Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe. Wilson’s career path reflects a successful record of curatorial, critical and commercial successes in the visual arts, coupled with a solid background in management, promotions and public relations. Wilson earned a B.A. in Environmental Design at the University of New Mexico, where he also minored in art history. He completed an M.A. in English at Texas Christian University and later pursued doctoral studies in postmodernist art, architecture and literature. Since 2000, Wilson has chaired, hosted and/or organized more than 50 galas, fundraisers and benefits and helped raise more than $8,000,000 for arts and other organizations.