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 was nominated for the 2013 Santa Fe Professional Business Woman of the Year award.
Candace holds a Ph.D in Organizational Studies, an MA in Museum Studies, and a BFA in Fine Arts, American Studies.
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.
Cheryl has 10 years of experience in the financial industry, having worked for a large multinational bank where she held a range of roles from back office transaction processing to Network Relationship Management, dealing with clients and outsourced custody providers in the Middle East and Africa. Throughout her career, she has lived and worked in several countries including Luxembourg, Germany, England and France.
Cheryl holds a BA in Archaeology and Ancient History with a minor degree in French from Trinity College Dublin.
Born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana Jeremy graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication/Public Relations. His work since graduation has included various assistant positions with Nashville music companies, the Andrew W. Mellon foundation (NYC), Municipal Credit Union (NYC), and several law firms. Jeremy is excited to bring his extensive administrative assistant background to the creative CCA team. Jeremy considers creative endeavors as crucial redemptive outlets for individual well-being based on his own dynamic personal awakenings of art calling him to action, liberating him internally, and expanding his initial small-town world view. Interacting with art, painting, writing, dancing, cooking, swinging on park swings, hugging others; these are just a tiny sampling of his therapeutic joys. Prior to Santa Fe, Jeremy spent two life-defining years residing and working in Columbus, Ohio's highly rated, internationally renowned Wayfaring Buckeye hostel.
Projection Booth Manager
He likes movies.
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.
Muñoz Waxman Gallery Coordinator
As a visual artist and writer with a multidisciplinary background, Paula brings an integrative approach to developing visual art programs that engage, inspire and change perceptions through experience. For more than 15 years, she has worked with art organizations and individual artists to strengthen business practices, improve communication and provide strategic exhibition support. As a practicing artist, Paula’s paintings have been shown nationally and internationally in over 40 contemporary art exhibitions. Her work has been featured in many publications including ARTnews, New Art in Europe and American Artist. Paula holds a BA in Art from the University of California at Berkeley. Her thoughts about art and the creative life can be found in her blog, “Lives of the Paints”.
Muñoz Waxman Gallery Coordinator
Naomi Gibbons is a Santa Fe native and received her BFA in Art History with a concentration in Interactive Contemporary Cultural Design from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Since graduating from UNM, Naomi has worked for non-profit art institutions such as Creative ABQ, The New Mexico History Museum, The Santa Fe Art Institute, as well as various galleries. Naomi's studies have lead her to interests in progressive public art, sustainable community design and personal interaction through creativity. Naomi sees art as an extremely powerful component to life and can change social perception. Naomi enjoys being active through traveling, hikes, yoga, and of course creating art.
Organizational Advancement Specialist
Judith Stauber brings over 15 years of non-profit management and community leadership to CCA with expertise in communication that includes seven years of university teaching in the field. An avid traveler Judith is interested in exploring senses of place and culture that broaden social understanding – she has created domestic and international cross cultural experiential learning Initiatives that opened minds and changed lives – her own included. Judith sees arts and cultural organizations as unique agents to build community and foster social change and she is presently bringing about interaction between museums communities in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hiroshima, Japan. Judith is a skilled photographer, group facilitator, and creative problem solver who also works as Museum Specialist for Los Alamos History Museum. Judith holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication, M.A. in Women’s Studies/Visual Communication, and B.S. in Organizational Communication.
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