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 Staff

Jamie Blosser, Executive Director
jblosser@sfai.org

Toni Gentilli, Residency Program Manager
tgentilli@sfai.org

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

Franco Andres, SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow & Logistics Manager
fandres@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 the Executive Director of Santa Fe Art Institute, and 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.

 

Toni Gentilli, Residency Program Manager, tgentilli@sfai.org

Toni Gentilli is an artist, curator, and anthropologist whose research-based mixed media work explores relationships between technology, nature, perception and consciousness. She collects and creates her own pigments and often incorporates found natural objects, antique optical equipment, and modern digital devices into her art. Toni received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, her MA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Museum Studies from Arizona State University, and her BA with double majors in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before relocating to Santa Fe, she spent six years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as an Arts Administrator, Independent Curator, and Exhibition Preparator. Prior to that, Toni was an Archaeologist and Cultural Resources Project Director for an environmental planning firm in Phoenix, AZ (2000-2010), and in Milwaukee, WI (1996-2000). Her work has been included in international exhibitions juried by Corey Keller (SFMOMA), Rebecca Senf (CCP), Katherine Ware (NMMA), Christopher James, and Tom Persinger. In 2012, the San Francisco Art Institute awarded her the Graduate Fellowship in Photography. In 2016 she received the Alternative Exposure Grant funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support her curatorial projects at the Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA.

 

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. He has directed films, social entrepreneurship projects, and company launches in the United States, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Haiti, and Italy. His work focuses on the applied impact of story, design, brand, and image. His portfolio includes work within areas of conflict in Mexico & Brazil, 5.5 million aggregate online video views, and $20 million in sales & investment. He received his Masters Degrees from California College of the Arts (Masters of Fine Arts in Media Arts, & Masters of Arts in Visual Critical Studies),  his Bachelors Degrees from the University of New Mexico (Bachelors of Arts in Latin Languages, & Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting), and attended 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 sculpture tradition. 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 gestural aesthetic. 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 addressing the most pressing social issues of our time. Andres holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is a SITE Scholar.