Supporting artists whose work supports the world.
An environment where creativity, innovation, and challenging ideas thrive.
Founded in 1985, SFAI’s mission is to promote art as a positive social force, support creativity, and enable access to the arts through residencies, public lectures, studio workshops, exhibitions, school- and community-based arts education, and outreach. SFAI was originally founded with a mandate to provide intensive studio interactions for visual artists. Richard Diebenkorn, SFAI’s first visiting artist, became a major force in the establishment of SFAI, which in the years since has been honored to host many renowned contemporary artists who have offered lectures and studio workshops to our diverse community.
For the past 10 years, SFAI has presented our Lecture and Workshop Series and exhibitions to ever increasing audiences. Our extensive outreach and education programs have expanded by a factor of five over the past 10 years; and our Residency Program, which we initiated in 2001 in response to the 9/11 tragedy to serve displaced artists, has now become a successful part of our annual program with 50 Artists in Residence coming from around the world to SFAI each year. Over the years, our programs have become more diverse, aimed at attracting wide-ranging audiences from different racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
SFAI serves a broad demographic that includes Santa Fe’s approximately 70,0000 full-time and part-time residents, the greater Santa Fe area, national and international tourists, and artists and scholars who visit Santa Fe for its renowned cultural offerings. While we serve people of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic strata, SFAI is dedicated to conceiving and executing programs that reach underserved populations. To that end, SFAI’s significant outreach and education programs extend into the community through the public schools, community centers, youth and homeless shelters, detention centers, and homes for the retired and aging.