August Resident Artists Open Studio

Artist Millee Tibbs in her SFAI Studio

August Open Studios

Thursday 8/26 @ 5:30 pm SFAI

Come by and see what this talented group of artists and writers have been doing with their time in Santa Fe!

The SFAI is pleased and proud to be partnering with the Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) on their annual Artist Fellowship Program. Three of our August residents are SWAIA Residency Fellows, and we’re honored to have them in residence.

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August Residents:

Jason Reed Brown (Koyukon Athabascan) – SWAIA Artist Residency Fellow, Bellingham, WA

Jason Reed Brown earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is a graduate of Turley Forge School of Blacksmithing in Santa Fe, NM. Throughout his years as a blacksmith, Jason has been featured in various American Indian Art Exhibitions and commissioned award-winning sculptures. Jason has been fortunate to work with Tom Joyce Architectural Blacksmithing for the past ten years, truly immersing him into the wide world of blacksmithing. Jason focuses his artwork on translating the beauty of Northwest Coastal Indian art into hand-forged ironwork.

Edite Grinberga – Berlin, Germany

Born in 1965, Edite Grinberga grew up and studied in Riga, Latvia, part of the former Soviet Union. She attended a specialized fine-arts high school and the State Academy of Arts. Her artistic career commenced with installations, sculptures, and theater costumes. In 1990 a radical break in her artistic and personal path occurred when she moved to Berlin, Germany, and dedicated herself to painting. Her son’s birth in 1997 initiated a further major change to her current lifestyle of minimalistic realism with light and shadow and the main subjects. She has exhibited throughout Germany and in Georgia, Latvia, and Russia.

Nathan Sinai Rayman – Brooklyn, NY

Nathan Sinai Rayman is an installation artist and painter who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York after living semi-nomadically in Italy and France from 2006-10. His work critically examines modes in which we continually re-contextualize our contemporary knowledge as established by the perpetual reconfiguring of our subjective emotional “maps” of unintentional and intentional past encounters through multi-media work that charts its own development. Rayman, receiving a BA in Fine Arts/Italian from the University of Southern California in 2005, completed a Vermont Studio Center residency in 2009 and his work has been shown internationally in group and solo shows including Marena Rooms Gallery, MPG, and Paratissima in Turin, and Galerie Evelyne Heno in Paris. The USC Roski School of Fine Arts awarded him an Exhibition Grant and a Dean’s Scholarship. His work has been reviewed in such online publications as ExibArt and ArtKey.

Kate Rivers – Ada, OK

Kate Rivers was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She earned her BFA degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio funded by the Ford Foundation and a full scholarship from CCAD. Her MFA, from The University of South Carolina in Columbia, was funded by a full fellowship and teaching assistantship. Kate was the 2009 recipient of the Oklahoma Fellowship for the Arts. Her last two solo shows were October 2009 at the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery in Oklahoma City, and May 2010 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Focus I Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas. She will be in a two-person show at Istvan Gallery in Oklahoma City opening August13th 2010 and is currently participating the artist’s residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work can be seen at Deloney Newkirk Fine Art in Santa Fe New Mexico, Istvan Gallery in Oklahoma City.

Nathania Rubin – Astoria, NY

Nathania Rubin is an artist from New York City working primarily in drawing and video. She uses performances of others and herself as material for philosophical animations, questioning the role of narrative in communication and the presentation of self. Nathania earned a BA from Haverford College in philosophy and an MFA from Queens College in 2009. She had her first solo show in 2010 at the Mireille Mosler Gallery in NYC. Her videos have been screened internationally. She participated in the 2008 Biennial of Iasi, Romania, exhibited in Cologne, Germany and was screened in Scope Art Basel’s cinema program of 2010. She has shared exhibition walls with Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer and Miranda July. Nathania was the recipient of a 2009 Pollack-Krasner fellowship and received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. You can see Nathania’s work at

Ajean Ryan – Fort Collins, CO

Ajean Ryan creates drawings and installations based on the themes of abstraction and the landscape. In her recent work, she creates poetic metaphors of her surrounding landscape with pastel, ink and spray paint on paper. Ajean Lee Ryan received her B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from U.C.L.A. then went to receive her M.F.A. in Drawing and Installation Arts at U.C. Berkeley. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Currently, she is participating in a 4-person exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, Colorado and won “Best of Show” in the exhibition “Materialization” at the Deborah Martin Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Ajean Lee Ryan has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including most recently the NEH Summer Fellowship Award for the Summer of 2010. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Colorado State University and currently lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Joan Ryan – East Boston, MA

Joan Ryan is a Boston based artist, and a Professor of Drawing at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She received her MFA from Boston University in 1982. Ryan has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Puffin Foundation, and George Sugarman Foundation. She is affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery in NY, The Drawing Center NY, NY, and The Drawing Project in Boston, MA. Ryan’s project “O King” was included in the Women’s Caucus for Art National Conference panel on “Public Memory” and exhibited in a solo exhibition at The Cambridge Multi Cultural Center in Cambridge, MA in 2005 and recently at Smith College, Oreseman Gallery. Ryan creates beautiful, complex narratives of gender, race, violence and class that are difficult to decipher, but that reward thoughtful, careful viewing and subsequent reflection.

Hoka Skenandore (Oneida/Ogala/Luiseno) – SWAIA Artist Residency Fellow, Albuquerque, NM

Hoka Skenadore was born in Santa Fe in 1982 at the Indian Hospital. He grew up in Albuquerque with a short stint at the Laguna Reservation where his mother taught school. As a pre-teen Hoka began to enter local arts contests and won one with a drawing that was later turned into a billboard. By high school, he had developed a keen interest in graffiti art and finished his high school years studying street art at an alternative high school in Albuquerque. After graduation Hoka worked at VSA Arts of New Mexico, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to working with adults with disabilities. As an Americorps volunteer he met master muralist, A.G. Joe Stephenson, who became his mentor and teacher. In 2001, Hoka participated in his first SWAIA Indian Market, and was awarded 2nd Place in the New Directions Category for painting. He completed his BFA in Studio Arts at IAIA in 2006 and currently works in the sign industry in Albuquerque. His work was most recently shown at the Berlin Gallery in Phoenix, AZ.

Peterson Yazzie (Dine) – SWAIA Artist Residency Fellow, Ganado, AZ

Peterson Yazzi is from Greasewood Springs Arizona and has been painting since 1997 when he held a paintbrush for the first time as a junior in high school. By graduation, Peterson had art scholarships to Northland Pioneer College, University of Evansville, and a monetary scholarship from the Heard Museum along with a week-long art internship to Northern Arizona University. Since then he has won many awards and recognitions from art shows such as: Heard Museum Indian Art Show, Santa Fe Indian Market, Eight Northern Pueblos Indian Art Show, Small Wonders Native American Art Show with Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, White Mountain Native American Art Festival and many more. He has received art fellowships from Eiteljorg Museum and the Vermont Studio Center. He received his AFA and BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and his MFA from the University of New Mexico.

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