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ABOUT SFAI | Santa Fe Art Institute


Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) is a cultural organization that seeks to address a critical question: how can SFAI cultivate creative practices (from fine art to design to urban planning and beyond), engage with diverse communities, and address the most pressing social issues of our time?

SFAI is a hub for creative engagement and social change. We facilitate our mission through four areas: a renowned residency program bringing together creative practitioners from all over the world, educational programming that includes the groundbreaking Project 8,  public programs that celebrate local innovators and activists like SFAI140, and our social entrepreneurship incubator SFAI Works.



SFAI is located at 1600 St. Michael’s Dr, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505 (The northwest corner of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Campus).  For more information, contact us at 505.424.5050 or



The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1985 by Pony Ault and the noted architect and artist William Lumpkins, both of whom sought to provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue a brief, intense period of study with critically acclaimed visiting artists. Richard Diebenkorn was SFAI’s first Visiting Artist, and he became a major force in the establishment of SFAI, helping to attract both students and other Visiting Artists, among whom are such renowned contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, Donald Sultan, and Joel-Peter Witkin. SFAI remains, as it was founded, an independent, educational, nonprofit organization. In 1999, the Institute moved to its extraordinary current facility designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

Santa Fe Art Institute is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit institution. SFAI’s programs receive support from the Institute’s Board of Trustees, Brindle Foundation, The Burnett Foundation, Martha A. Healy, Lannan Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, Mill Atelier Foundation, New Mexico Tourism Board, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and individual donations.