SFUAD Students Create Ambiance for Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Eight students were part of the Art Team that designed decorations for the internationally recognized arts market
For Immediate Release
Santa Fe, N.M.—July 12, 2012—Eight Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) students have played a critical role in creating the atmosphere of the 9th Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. The Market, which brings in more than 150 master artists who travel from across the world to sell their art, will take place July 13–15 on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
SFUAD students Anthony Fernandez (‘14), Tallis Geohegan (‘15), Nikki Hall (‘13), Sango Imai-Hall (‘15), Jonathan Hargraves (’15), Christopher Stahelin (‘15), Iman Sterling (‘15) and Monk Blaire (’13), were selected to work as part of the Art Team under the guidance of Amanda Moore, Folk Art Market co-chair for ambiance design. As the creative director/co-founder of Folk Art Market, Judy Espinar identifies the Market theme each year, the elements of which are brought to life by Moore, numerous volunteers and the Art Team.
“Working with the SFUAD students has been one of my top highlights while preparing for the International Folk Art Market,” said Moore. “They already have a great aesthetic and a sense of proportion, and they get what we’re trying to achieve with the ambiance. Everyone brings their own unique element, and the collaboration has been delightful. We couldn’t have asked for more.” She said several students have expressed that working with the Folk Art Market has been among their favorite collaborative experiences.
In previous years, the Market’s Art Team has sought help from high school students for decorations. This year, the executive team decided to leverage the expertise of current art students at the university level. Many of the decorations, which take nearly three weeks to construct in Santa Fe, are brought in from Mexico.
“This is a wonderful chance for our students to get a backstage view of the inner workings of a world-renowned art fair,” said Joanie Spain, SFUAD career services coordinator. “They are exposed to international event planning, which provides a new context for their education in the arts and offers outstanding professional development opportunities.”
SFUAD is also a sponsor of the festival. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.folkartmarket.org.
About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design (formerly the College of Santa Fe) is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.