- IAIA has decreased its tuition for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year by 10% in light of the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The institute is also offering assistance to those without access to the internet as well as offering devices such as laptops and tablets.
- The Couse Foundation began construction on the new Lunder Research Center in Taos, NM. Located on the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, the Lunder Research Center will be dedicated to the early Taos art colony and the Taos Society of Artists, with a museum, curatorial program, archive, and research space.
- The Nevada Museum of Art has acquired thousands of photographs, digital images, slides, 16 mm films, and other materials from Judy Chicago’s body of work with dry ice, colored smoke, and fireworks, created from 1967 through the present. The archive, Judy Chicago: Dry Ice, Smoke, and Fireworks, will debut to the public in October of 2021, through April 2022.
- The International Folk Art Market Received a grant from the Adventures for the Mind (AFM) Foundation to fund IFAM’s Mentor to Market Education Program, a program that coaches and mentors artists on best business practices. The annual market, canceled due to the pandemic, is holding a virtual auction July 6-10.
- Isabel Otero of Isleta Pueblo and Christian Vicenti of Zuni Pueblo have been awarded the Bob Chavez Scholarship for the Arts by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Each student is awarded a $2,500 scholarship per semester for the 2020–21 school year to help offset the initial costs of higher education, such as books, housing, tuition, and supplies. Isabel Otero will be in the Studio Arts Program at IAIA, and Christian Vicenti is attending Ringling College of Art and Design to study animation.
- After being postponed from its original June date to September, the 2020 Art Basel show in Basel, Switzerland has been canceled. The next edition of the show will take place in June 2021. Audiences are invited to view the 2020 exhibitors via Online Viewing Rooms.
Leadership Changes and Appointments
- Jonathan Batkin, long-time Director of the Wheelwright Museum, retired in April. With thirty years of service to the museum, their Board of Trustees named him Director Emeritus. The Wheelwright has named Jean Higgins, who has worked with the museum for fifteen years, interim director, and plans to announce their new director soon.
- The Board of Directors of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, which organizes Santa Fe’s annual Spanish Market, announced two new appointments. Jennifer Berkley was appointed Executive Director, and David Rasch Deputy Director.
- The National Hispanic Cultural Center named Josefa Gonzalez Mariscal as its new Executive Director.
- Anne-Marie McDermott was announced Santa Fe Pro Musica’s new Artistic Director, the company’s first since the organization was founded in 1980.
- The New Mexico Museum of Art appointed Mark A. White as the new Executive Director.