Dr. Candace Tangorra Matelic brings over three decades of leadership to the CCA. She directed National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii. She also managed the visitor experience and programs at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan and Living History Farm Museum in Iowa. As a tenured professor for ten years, she directed an exceptional museum graduate program in the SUNY system. She teaches distance courses for the University of Victoria, Johns Hopkins University, and UNM. Additionally, she conducts professional workshops focused on community engagement, organizational change, and integrating creativity into the workplace for a variety of cultural organizations. Candace focuses on helping organizations engage their communities, fundamentally transforming their vision, assumptions, organizational culture, and work patterns. Her professional expertise is in organizational analysis, change, learning and development, community engagement, transformational leadership, nonprofit management, and community-centered planning for museums and cultural organizations. She has presented at 100+ conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe, over 30 of those times as a keynote speaker or invited guest. Her publications include two co-authored books and 25 articles or chapters.
Candace holds a Ph.D in Organizational Studies, an MA in Museum Studies, and a BFA in Fine Arts, American Studies.
Development & Operations Director
Sandra's administration & management background stems from more than 25 years directing fine art galleries in Boston, New York, Palm Springs & on the island of Maui, managing & training staff in sales, procedures, protocol & policy. As Special Events & Sales Director for 8 art & jewelry galleries in the Hawaiian Islands, she trained gallery directors to be managers, trained sales staff, & planned openings/special events. Sandra directed & managed Dyansen Gallery, a $3 million art gallery on Newbury Street in Boston, planning monthly openings for featured artists & personally selling over a million dollars worth of art the first year the gallery was open. Entrepreneurial ventures include opening an innovative, cutting-edge Glass Art Gallery in Sarasota, Florida, leading cultural tours to South America, & owning/running a very successful event planning business in Hawaii. Sandra studied Fine Art in Paris through the University of Florida’s European Art Program, and psychology/Human Resources at Walla Walla College (WA).
Jason is a 2011 Sundance Documentary Fellow and 2010 New Visions Award winner. Films as producer include Olympia (opening night, SXSW Film, closing night, Slamdance, broadcast, Sundance Channel). His current work-in-progress SEMBENE! was recepient of Sundance Documentary Fund Awards in 2008 and 2010 and was included in the prestigious Toronto Documentary Forum and Tribeca All Access programs. He has curated and produced programs that have drawn more than 340,000 in attendance, including large-scale events for the Smithsonian, the Lensic and SITE Santa Fe, and curated programs for the Bioneers Conference, El Museo del Barrio, the Santa Fe Opera and the True/False Film Festival. He has served as a staff member at the Telluride Film Festival for 20 years, is former artistic director of Taos Talking Pictures (named one of the world's top ten film festivals), and has served as a panelist, juror or nominator for the SXSW and Sundance Film Festivals, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowships and Creative Capital. He has published more than 400 pieces for Wired, along with pieces for the Santa Fean, Austin Chronicle, Time Out New York, Psychology Today and UTNE Reader, and his collection of essays Untold New Mexico (Sunstone Press, 2006) is used as a textbook at the University of New Mexico. His essays on film and culture have been published in eight other collections, and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Jason holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan and a MA in English from Middlebury College.
Visual Arts Director
Erin Elder has worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
Jesse Hockersmith is a proud Santa Fe native with roots in New Mexico for 7 generations. Having persisted through the Santa Fe public school system, he attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California to receive a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Public Relations. While in school, Jesse assumed leadership roles at KRFH 610 AM, a student-run radio station, and received the distinction of 'Most Outstanding Graduate in the field of Broadcast Journalism.' Jesse has won awards for contributions to short films in the 3 Minute Film Festival and the Attention Span Film Festival. This Eagle Scout likes to ride his bicycle, hike, camp, walk, and, of course, watch films.
I.T. & Web Master
Winston, a Santa Fe native, is a visual artist whose interest in the arts, primarily photography, began at age 9. Winston attended the New School University, in New York, NY, where he received a B.A. with honors in Philosophy (with an emphasis in phenomenology). His experience ranges from work in private galleries, to education in filmmaking and photography. He is delighted to be back in his hometown working at CCA.
Development & Membership Coordinator
Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas; and she is currently working on writing and publishing her fiction and creative non-fiction works. She has been a guest lecturer on South African Culture and Politics at Austin College and was a featured modern dance performer with Lily Cai Chinese Dance of San Francisco in May of 2005. Jennifer has worked with numerous non-profits, including United Way of Santa Fe County. Having taught middle schoolers on the Navajo Nation, in Thoreau, New Mexico, and at Ikhaya Primary School in Khayamandi, South Africa, Jennifer has spread her passion for the arts and literacy to a variety of students. As a lover of all forms of art, especially music, Jennifer currently broadcasts a weekly radio program for party934.com & 94.9 FM in Hudson Valley, New York in addition to working with students at Aspen Community Magnet School, practicing modern dance, yoga, adventuring with her dogs, and bicycling.
Visual Arts Coordinator
Lisa Rubin is a first generation American who hails from Denver. She's taught Fine Art and Graphic Design at WNMU and SFUAD and is the proprietor of ColorJunky Graphics. Her enthusiasm for Dance, Fine Art and Literature lead her to Bennington College in Vermont, and later to the pursuit of an MA in Literature which morphed into a focus on Fine Art and an MFA earned at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her interest is in naive and outsider art. She is passionate and fanatical about African Dance. She has traveled to exotic places like Burma, Sumatra and Malaysia and would like to create a travel adventure based on seeing all 35 Vermeer paintings. She lived off the grid in a small travel trailer between the Gila and Blue Wilderness areas, while building a self-sufficient adobe home. She knows way more about construction than she'd care to.
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