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 Staff

Jamie Blosser, Executive Director
jblosser@sfai.org

Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager
nelder@sfai.org

Robert Gomez Hernandez,  Design Strategy Manager
rgomezhernandez@sfai.org

Franco Andres, SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow & Logistics Manager
fandres@sfai.org

Liberty Manabat, Operations & Events Manager
lmanabat@sfai.org

Board of Trustees

Joyce Idema, Chair

Lael F. Johnson, Treasurer

Sydney Cooper

Edith Dillman

Celeste Worl

Roger Gullickson

Zane Fischer

Emeritus:

Gay Block

John L. Marion

Richard Martinez

Marilyn Lee Steinbright

Edwin Thorne

 

Meet our team

Jamie Blosser, Executive Director, jblosser@sfai.org

A resident of Santa Fe for almost 20 years, Blosser is a licensed architect working to creatively address equity in the built environment through community dialogue. Blosser recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on equity, resilience, and effects of global urbanization in rural communities. Significant local projects of hers as Director of the Santa Fe office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects (2005-2015), include the CCA Muñoz Waxman Gallery, El Mirador Administration Building, and the Santo Domingo Safety Complex. Her community design work with Ohkay Owingeh over the last fifteen years has led to revitalization of their historic plaza area, and has been published in several magazines and books, including Architectural Record and the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. Blosser founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative as a forum for peer networking, advocacy, and education supporting culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities. She is Executive Producer of a PBS Natural Heroes documentary, airing in Spring 2016. She received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager, nelder@sfai.org
Nina Elder has nearly a decade of experience working with creative communities and residency programs. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, and continues to relish the vibrant culture and nature of the region. After earning her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina returned to northern New Mexico where she co-founded an off-the-grid artist residency program called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation. At SFAI she helps to conceptually form the residency program, welcome residents from around the world, and connect them with local and regional resources to create impactful experiences and public programs. Nina is a practicing artist who exhibits nationally and whose research ranges from piles of rocks to polar bears.

 

Robert Gomez Hernandez,  Design Strategy Manager, rgomezhernandez@sfai.org

Robert is a visual storyteller whose work changes what people feel and know about ideas, products, and companies. A dual Mexican American Citizen, he has directed and produced projects in the United States, France, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, and Italy. His work focuses on the applied impact of film, design, and social entrepreneurship. His portfolio includes work with families of disappeared women in Mexico, 4.5M aggregate video views, and $15M in sales & investment. He received his MFA in Media Arts & MA in Visual Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, his BA in Latin Languages & BFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico, and studied at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Franco Andres,  SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow & Logistics Manager, fandres@sfai.org

Franco Andres makes work located at the intersection of the naturally occurring and the manufactured. Careful attention is paid to material content and socially inscribed relationships firmly situating his oeuvre within the tradition of Installation Art. Andres grew up in Miami, FL and after a stint as a pre-medical student at the University of Miami moved to New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts and embarked on a career working with interiors. A move from San Francisco to Santa Fe prompted a shift in sensibility contributing to his current work’s decidedly post-minimalist gestural aesthetic. In addition to being the SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow, he is a SITE Scholar. Andres holds a BFA in Studio Art from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. As the SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow Andres liaises between SFAI, community organizations, and schools including Santa Fe University of Art and Design to develop meaningful engagement designed to link SFAI artists-in-residence with students, faculty, and community partners resulting in reciprocal collaborative programming. Andres also oversees the SFAI Volunteer and SFAI Internship-for-Credit programs to assist students in honing existing talents and cultivating new professional skills as part of a not-for-profit focused on answering the most pressing social issues of our time.