Publisher + Editor
Lauren Tresp is publisher and editor-in-chief at Southwest Contemporary. She has a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance Art History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from UCLA. She also offers consulting services to artists and arts businesses at laurentresp.com.
Steve Jansen is the news editor at Southwest Contemporary living on the unceded, occupied Southern Tiwa Pueblos territory now known as Albuquerque. An investigative news reporter and arts writer, he has won and been nominated for various state, regional, and national awards. In 2013, his investigation into two crumbling Houston dams attained first place for Best Print News/Feature Story in the Texas statewide Lone Star Awards. A former staff writer for Phoenix New Times and Houston Press, he's written for Hyperallergic and contributed news reporting to The New York Times.
Natalie Hegert is a writer, curator, and the arts editor at Southwest Contemporary. She is currently based in Lubbock, Texas and is a member of the artist-run exhibition space CO-OPt Research + Projects. She holds an MA in art history and theory from Hunter College, New York.
Roman Aragón is a designer, storyteller, and artist who is currently the administrative assistant at Southwest Contemporary. He is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Roman holds a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary art with focuses in psychology and graphic design. Roman is currently working on his master of landscape architecture at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. His work revolves around identity, and place and aims to create a more beautiful and equitable world for all.