Find below an ongoing list of every CENTER-hosted event & exhibition, including work by the Award & Grant winners, Review Santa Fe Alumni, and members. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

© Peter Merts

WHEN: October 14, 2021, 2-3:30pm MT
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

Photographers passionately committed to social concerns will explain their strategies for using their visual storytelling as tools for advocacy, education, and empowerment. They will discuss how collaborations with subjects and community partners help to amplify underrepresented stories, reach new audiences, and deliver calls to action.

Participants include Deborah Espinosa, CENTER Fiscal recipient, Peter Merts, CENTER Social Award recipient, and Meridel Rubenstein, CENTER Project Launch Grant Honorable Mention recipient in conversation with Holly Stuart Hughes, Independent Editor, Writer, and Grant Consultant. View the recording.

2019 Book Fair

WHEN: October 14, 2021, 11:30am-1:00pm MT
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

Join panelists Alyssa Coppelman, Deputy Art Director at Harper’s Magazine & Art Researcher at the Oxford American magazine, Whitney Johnson, VP of Visuals & Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, and Thomas Maddrey, General Counsel & Head of National Content & Education for ASMP, in conversation with Moderator Holly Stuart Hughes.

CENTER and ASMP present a Panel Discussion covering the most important business practices for navigating the ever-shifting landscape of publishing and editorial industries. Panelists will consider how publications license and commission visual storytelling, and address questions regarding reading and revising licensing agreements, contracts, and important specifics from the perspective of both the photographer and the client. View the recording.

© Guanyu Xu

WHEN: October 13, 2021 from 1:30-4:00pm MT
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Free & Open to the Public

Each year CENTER highlights excellence and innovative contributions to the field by providing the annual Awards and Project Grant recipients the opportunity to share an intimate view of their projects. Followed by a moderated discussion with Holly Stuart Hughes, independent editor, writer, and grant consultant, the 2021 Award and Grant recipients will explore interior spaces, the representation of inner lives, discuss their inventive use of landscapes and rarely seen places in projects exploring ecology, personal and collective history, and artistic self-expression. View the recording.

© Chris Mortenson

WHEN: September 17 + 18, 2021
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Pre-registration is required

This two-day Project Lab Seminar offers advice on preparing your work for meetings with curators, editors, publishers, and other industry professionals. Portfolio Reviews offer opportunities for project distribution and making key contacts for career advancement for photographers working at all levels. Attendees discuss the importance of tailoring their body of work to different types of opportunities from gallery and museum exhibitions to print publications and books. Learn more here.

• Mary Anne Redding is an Independent Curator, Review Santa Fe Portfolio Reviewer, and CENTER Advisory Council Member. Formerly at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Redding has more than thirty years of experience working as a curator, archivist, librarian, educator, and arts administrator. She has written and published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art.

© Sara Stathas

WHEN: August 27 + 28, 2021
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Pre-registration is required

This two-day Project Lab Seminar will focus on utilizing the editing process to amplify your voice. The presenters will discuss honing a statement of purpose, editing and sequencing strategies, and effective presentations for image professionals. Learn how to tailor material for specific audiences and the do’s and don’ts of submitting your work to awards, grants, and publications. On the second day, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their individual projects and receive feedback from each other as well as specific editing and sequencing advice from the presenters. Learn more here.

• Christy Havranek is the Photo Director at HuffPost. With 20 years of experience in photography, she has worked across multiple industries including book publishing, television, fashion, and editorial.
• Stacy J. Platt is an artist, writer, editor, and educator working in Colorado. She is the founder of PhotoBook Addict, a site dedicated to exploring the medium of the photobook past and present.

© Ada Trillo

WHEN: October 17, 2020
WHERE: Watch the recorded event here

CENTER presents the Annual Photographer Presentations with the 2020 Grant and Award winners. Each artist shares an intimate view into their project, followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A with Mary Statzer, Ph.D., Curator of Prints and Photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. This year the presentations were hosted virtually, allowing us to document and share the presentations with global audiences. Learn more here.

CENTER is thrilled to share with you the LIVE recorded event. Watch the individual presentations below:
Kathleen Clark, Frank Lopez, Noelle Mason, Justin Maxon, Catherine Panebianco, Brandy Trigueros, Ada Trillo, Kari Wehrs, Sandra Chen Weinstein


WHEN: November 14, 2020 from 1:00-2:30pm MT
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom

Post-2020: Forays into the future of art and lens-based media explores the current state of contemporary art in 2020 and offers aspirations for the field and application of lens-based media. Moderated by Will Wilson, Program Head of Photography at the Santa Fe Community College, and Photographer.

Image-making technology has become ubiquitous as the digital age has inspired new modes of connectivity, and photography and lens-based media have served as a crucial tool for change. The 21st Century paradigm shift of 2020 will forever be underscored by the COVID-19 global pandemic and framed within the sociopolitical tensions fueling civil unrest throughout the world. We are witnessing the negotiation of the new era and CENTER is collaborating with unique voices in the field to investigate the trajectory of lens-based media practices and speculate on the future within this pivotal context.

Exploring alternatives to the current state of the art world and discussing alternative ways of producing, sharing, and supporting art with the following panelists: Candice Hopkins, Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art, Whitney Johnson, Vice President of Visuals and Immersive Experiences at National Geographic, and Gregory Sholette, Associate of the Arts, Design & the Public Domain program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Learn more here.

© Cody Cobb

WHEN: December 6, 2019 – February 1, 2020
WHERE: Pictura Gallery – 202 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington, IN

CENTER’s 2019 Award and Grant winners projects are featured in the exhibition, 2019 CENTER Santa Fe Award Winners Exhibition, with images selected by Pictura Gallery Curators Mia Diaglish & Lisa Woodard. The Award and Grant winning projects investigate current issues like segregation, historical stereotypes, coming-of-age, maternal mortality, and more.

View the 2019 Winner Gallery. Visit the Pictura Gallery website.

© Espen Rasmussen, Nobel Peace Center

WHEN: October 18, 2019
WHERE: Drury Plaza Hotel, Lamy Room – 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87505
HOW: Free for Review Santa Fe Participants & Festival Pass Holders, $5 for CENTER Members, and $15 General Public.

CENTER is pleased to present the presentation Picturing Peace: Crafting the Annual Nobel Peace Prize Exhibition—photographing presidents, dissidents, and disarmament by Liv Astrid Sverdrup, Director of Exhibitions at the Nobel Peace Center.

The production takes place within eight busy weeks, from the announcement date of the new laureate at the beginning of October until December 10 when the laureate will come to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize medal and also open the exhibition. Liv Astrid Sverdrup, Director of Exhibitions at the Nobel Peace Center since 2005, will share stories and photographic highlights from the making of this unique documentary exhibition series. Read more about the featured presentation here.

© Barbara Boissevain

WHEN: October 16 – 18, 2019
WHERE: Santa Fe Railyard shade structures across the Farmer’s Market Pavilion

In conjunction with the Friday night Portfolio Walk at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion on 10.18.2019.

CENTER hosts an outdoor installation of large-scale images in the Railyard shade structures. The work explores the current state of the geological age and our position as a fragile, yet energy-demanding species working to reimagine our collective futures.

Participating Alumni:
Barbara Boissevain, Tama Baldwin, Cody Cobb, Patricia Galagan, Marilyn Maxwell, Jerry Redfern, Jamey Stillings, and Martin Stupich.

We invite all viewers and Santa Feans to contribute to the ongoing conversation on the subject of climate change by using the hashtag #RevealTheTruth2019. Read more here about the outdoor installation.

© Rania Matar

WHEN: June 7 & 8, 2019
WHERE: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe – 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501

In conjunction with the opening weekend of the Currents New Media Festival.

CENTER hosts a juried and curated thematic slide show as part of the PhotoSummer offerings in Santa Fe. The ‘slide’ projection takes place at a different outdoor venue every year. Up to 50 artists are invited to join the presentation each year. The event is free and open to the public and typically takes place over the course of two evenings. In 2019, Summer Slides will take place at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe as part of the CURRENTS New Media Festival.

Participating Artists:
Amy S. Martin, Anna Grevenitis, Arista Slater-Sandoval, Audra Osborne, Barbara Diener, Bree Lamb, Carol Allen-Storey, Cate Dingley, Chelsea Darter, Christine Carr, Christopher Sims, Clay Lipsky, Dominic Lippillo, Drew Cassidy Lenihan, Dylan Hausthor & Paul Guilmoth, Ed Kashi, Emily Yang, Erin Siegal McIntyre, Evan Perkins, Jane Whitmore, Psy.D, Jeremiah Ariaz, Jonas Fischer, Jose Ney, Kalee Appleton, Kris Davidson, Marilyn Montufar, Peter Merts, Rania Matar, Rocky McCorckle, Sandra Chen Weinstein, Shauna Frischkorn, Susan Hamilton, Tamara Reynolds, Thomas Bachand, Tira Khan, Wes Bell, and Zach Taylor.

View the Big Reveal Gallery

© Natalie Christensen

WHEN: April 17, 2019
WHERE: Turner Carroll Gallery – 725 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505

CENTER and Turner Carroll Gallery present a panel discussion that explores the intersection of photography and the contemporary art world. How do the two seemingly disparate realms overlap, inform, and categorize themselves and each other? What makes a photographic project contemporary art? How can photography fit into contemporary collections?

Fatemeh Baigmoradi (Artist), Natalie Christensen (Artist), Shastyn Blomquist (Gallerist), and Angie Rizzo (CENTER) discuss the biases and trepidations around photography, as well as how it rides the line between worlds. Read more here.

© Muriel Hasbun

WHEN: February 13, 2019
WHERE: Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Lecture Hall – 423 W King St, Boone, NC 28608

In conjunction with the exhibition Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, join guest panelists for an evening of discussion about contemporary social and cultural documentary photography and the role that powerful visual images can play in creating a more just and equitable society.

Panelists: Muriel Hasbun, Laura Pressley, Christy Havranek, & Vikesh Kapoor

© Jerry Takigawa

WHEN: Dec 7, 2018 – May 27, 2019
WHERE: Turchin Center for the Visual Arts – 423 W King St, Boone, NC 28608

CENTER’s artists investigate current social, environmental, and political issues of critical global importance. CENTER’s 2018 Award and Grant winners travel to Santa Fe as part of their award package to present their artwork at the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. The projects are featured in the exhibition, Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, with images selected by Mary Anne Redding, Curator at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts.

In conjunction with the exhibition, join guest panelists for an evening of discussion about contemporary social and cultural documentary photography and the role that powerful visual images can play in creating a more just and equitable society at the FULL CIRCLE: ARTalk on February 13, 2019. Learn more here.

© Joel-Peter Witkin

WHEN: October 5 – November 4, 2018
WHERE: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe – 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501

CENTER is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Splendor & Misery: Photographs by Joel-Peter Witkin.

Witkin considers morality as central to his work. Drawing from a rich body of sources – literature, myth, and Renaissance and Baroque painting – he creates elaborate tableaux that explore perverse, erotic, and religious concerns. He collaborates with people often from the more extreme margins of society as his subjects and occasionally works with corpses and mutilated body parts, often photographing in countries where the laws are more lenient when working with human remains.

The image selection for Splendor & Misery will include better-known images as well as newer works that have rarely been shown. Up to 30 photographs and several drawings from his collection of work throughout his photographic career. Read more here.

Jamey Stillings

© Jamey Stillings

WHEN: June 7 & 8, 2018
WHERE: The Santa Fe Railyard, near the Second Street Brewery
ARTIST TALK: Join photographers Jamey Stillings, Ellen Jantzen & Michael Jantzen as they discuss their work presented in the projection on June 14.

In conjunction with the Interplanetary Festival

Conjured Futures is a juried projection featuring photographic images that address or question new technologies, policies, and movements that are shaping the future of humanity. In this curation, we focus on projects that look at solutions or alternate outcomes. So often in western society do we see an emphasis that is put on destruction and problems, without considering what can be done to remediate the damage.

In the last 5 – 10 years with the advent of drone photography and the popularity of aerial photography, there have been many projects documenting the massive changes to the environment caused by human activity. These projects have helped to generate an understanding of humanity’s present environmental and socio-political crisis, and now it is time to think about the future. How are technologies being used to preserve and restore the environment? What does the future look like? What is being done to take control of our futures?

Participating Artists: Memphis Barbee, Xiang-yun Chen, Tara Cronin, Rebecca Hackemann, Abbey Hepner, Jeffrey Heyne, Adriene Hughes, Michael Jantzen, Ellen Jantzen, Sarah Knobel, Patrick McPheron, Avital Oehler, Jamey Stillings and Melanie Walker.

View the Conjured Futures Gallery

Shinya Masuda

© Shinya Masuda

WHEN: June 14 & 15, 2018
WHERE: The Santa Fe Railyard, near the Second Street Brewery

This projection will happen alongside the Currents New Media Festival

Color Cue: Explorations in Perception is a juried projection featuring photographic images that explore color as a subject, muse, and scientific phenomenon. Utilizing color theory and the effects of color combinations, Color Cue exposes an underlying conceptual framework that brings into question how the environment and culture affect the perception of color. For centuries color was considered an unexplained phenomenon until Isaac Newton discovered color waves in the 1660’s through his experimentations with sunlight and prisms. Through the years, humanity has continued to make discoveries and create theories about how and why color is a part of the visual experience. Photography has played a vital role in advancing the understanding of the visual world – from the invention of color film to the creation of lenses, photography has helped us understand how we see.

Participating Artists: Farras Abdelnour, Kalee Appleton, Syl Arena, Brenda Biondo, Stephanie Nnamani, Roger Camp, Peggy Curtis, Matthew Ford, Matthew Gamber, Gianmaria Gava, Reid Harer, Natalja Kent, Gurudarshan Khalsa, Sarah Knobel, Shinya Masuda, Andy Mattern, R.A. McBride, David Ricci, Catherine Roberts Leach, Allen Ruttenberg, Evgeniya Sterlyagova, Laurinda Stockwell, and Tom Turner.

View the Color Cue Gallery

Joan Alvado

© Joan Alvado

WHEN: October 20 – December 15, 2017
WHERE: Marion Center for Photographic Arts – 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

CENTER is pleased to partner with the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design for CENTER’s Annual Winner Exhbition. The artists are exemplary of the varying approaches to contemporary photographic practice that explore some of today’s most critical issues from climate change in the South, the effects of war, migrants, and family folklore are among the topics of the award and grant-winning work.

View the 2017 Winner Gallery

Kelly Eckel

© Kelly Eckel

WHEN: June 10 – September 15, 2017
WHERE: Marion Center for Photographic Arts – 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505
PANEL DISCUSSION: Saturday, June 10, 5-6pm

CENTER’s annual 2017 PhotoSummer exhibition includes many conceptual and literal interpretations. The curated photographs record victims of civil war in Sri Lanka, Guatemalan refugees in Mexico, uranium mining in western New Mexico, while others consider the suppression of women, police violence, and surveillance.

Artists: Carl Moore, Francis Baker, Jane Szabo, Jerry Takigawa, Joan Fitzsimmons, Kelly Eckel, Kerry Skarbakka, Lynne Buchanan, Manuel & Oscar Gil, Marilyn Maxwell, Megan Jacobs, Patti Levey, Pilar Law, Tama Baldwin, and Wes Bell.

View the Art & Oppression Gallery

© Jeanine Michna-Bales

WHEN: June 2 – July 15, 2017
WHERE: photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space – 376A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad

CENTER presents an exhibition of photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales featuring work from her project Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad. The artist spent ten years researching and retracing the journey of escaped slaves along the path of the nearly 1,400 mile Underground Railroad. Her photographs are taken at night capturing the places much as those who traveled along this route saw them many decades ago. Princeton Architectural Press published and released the book of the same title in 2017. Copies will be available at photo-eye.

© Danila Tkachenko

WHEN: June 12 – September 13, 2015
WHERE: Muñoz Waxman Gallery – 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM

View fine art and documentary projects from around the world. Presented at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Santa Fe, The Curve spotlights outstanding work from the 2015 recipients of CENTER’s annual Project Grants and Choice Awards.

© Abbey Hepner

WHEN: June 1 – July 31, 2015
WHERE: Marion Center for Photographic Arts – 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

In conjunction with CENTER’s 15th anniversary of the flagship photographic conference and exhibition series, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, CENTER Alumni and Members consider the theme Immigration, Migration & Evolving Boundaries. This exhibition includes work from Philip Augustin, Pat Galagan, Abbey Hepner, Alexandra Huddleston, Karen Novotny, Susan Ressler, Jamey Stillings, and Martin Stupich.

Join us Thursday, June 4, 5-7pm at the Marion Center to kick off a special series of events highlighting outstanding contemporary photography.

These exhibits are part of PhotoSummer held in conjunction with the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at Santa Fe University of Art & Design and made possible by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.

© Luke Montavo

WHEN: June 1 – July 31, 2015
WHERE: Marion Center for Photographic Arts – 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

On view at the Marion Center for Photographic Arts is a special showcase of the work of the next generation of graduates dedicated to the photographic vanguard including the work of Ash Haywood, Luke E. Montavo, Samantha Podio, Forrest Soper, and Brad Trone from the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

These exhibits are part of PhotoSummer held in conjunction with the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at Santa Fe University of Art & Design and made possible by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.

© Jessamyn Lovell

WHEN: 2014
WHERE: CENTER Space – 50 Mt Carmel Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505
HOW: By Appointment Only 505.984.8353

Dear Erin Hart documents Jessamyn Lovell’s pursuit of Erin Hart, the woman who used Lovell’s NM driver’s license to commit petty crimes. Once Lovell was able to clear her name of the charges she began her own investigation to find the San Francisco-based woman. She spent two years following the paper trail of her case, photographing places she had been or seen, her past addresses, and where she committed the crimes using Lovell’s identity. Lovell hired a private investigator to finally locate Erin Hart in San Francisco county jail and to help follow her after her release from jail. Lovell began this pursuit as a way to understand the course of events that brought their lives together.

Jessamyn Lovell (b. 1977, Syracuse, NY) is a visual artist working with photography, video, and surveillance as tools to document her own life experiences making connections between class and personal identity. BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology and MFA, California College of the Arts Lovell lives in Albuquerque, NM where she is currently a Lecturer in the Art and Art History Department at UNM. Lovell’s work has been exhibited nationally, and she is the recipient of several awards. Lovell has received international recognition for her most recent work “Dear Erin Hart”.

© Jamey Stillings

WHEN: May 30 – August 1, 2014
WHERE: Marion Center for Photographic Arts – 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Road to Nowhere: Southwest Sojourns is about the endless, open road. What seemingly leads to nowhere, but which is, in fact, an adventure of the spirit to discover wonderful, quirky places and people – as long as one is open to wherever the road leads.

In conjunction with CENTER’s 20 year anniversary and flagship event, Review Santa Fe, local Review Santa Fe alumni and members were invited to consider the theme Road to Nowhere: Southwest Sojourns. Curated by Mary Anne Redding, Chair of the Photography Department, this exhibition is held in conjunction with the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at Santa Fe University of Art & Design.

Artists: Alan Pearlman, Carola Clift, Dolores Smart, Jamey Stillings, Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson, Jo Antreasian, John Healey, Jonathan Blaustein, Joseph Farmmartino, Lisa Blair, Martin Stupich, Pat Galagan, Patti Levey, Philip Metcalf, Steven Bromberg, and Susan Ressler.

More about the exhibition here.


WHEN: June 29, 2014 from 3-5pm
WHERE: Must RSVP to receive private location information
HOW: This event is a benefit for the Photographer’s Scholarship Fund. Spaces are limited. $225 Individual; $400 per couple. Please RSVP by June 16.

You are invited for an afternoon to delight the eyes, ears, and taste buds. Photobook Publisher, Fabrice Wagner, will guide guests through a sampling of the photographic vanguard, pairing wine with photography and discussing the unique features and aesthetics of each pairing.

Fabrice’s passion for winemaking and tasting has inspired him to investigate its connections to photography. His intriguing approach honors and amplifies the basic etiquette for wine-tasting, as he shares insights about wine through careful viewing of images, revealing an aesthetic’s infinite and unexpected dimensions.

Featured photographers include Santa Fe Fellows Julie Blackmon and Phil Toledano, as well as Jo Whaley and Jennifer Thoreson. More information about the private event here.

© Guy Martin

WHEN: June 27 & 28, 2014
WHERE: Zane Bennett Contemporary – 435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Join us for the Annual Review Santa Fe series of Artist Talks. Hear directly from some of the 2014 Award and Grant recipients who will present their work to the Santa Fe public and discuss their projects in depth.

Artists: Morgan Ashcom, Clare Carter, Amiko Li, Guy Martin, Jeanine Michna-Bales, Adam Reynolds, Manjari Sharma, Phil Toledano, and Richard Tuschman.


WHEN: October 18-24, 2013
WHERE: IHM Chapel, 50 Mt Carmel Rd, Santa Fe, NM

Colombian Visual Artist, Erika Diettes, will be exhibiting her internationally-recognized body of work Sudarios (“Shrouds”) for one week only in October 2013 as part of the CENTER Residency. Sudarios is a heart-wrenching series of portraits of witnesses of massacres of the Colombian armed conflict. The images are printed on silk and shown in churches all over the world and seen for the first time in New Mexico. Read more here.


WHEN: 2013 residency program event
WHERE: Santa Fe University of Art & Design; Various locations in Santa Fe & Albuquerque

Conceptual Visual Artist & Photographer, Sophia Wallace, has brought the highly acclaimed street art project CLITERACY to New Mexico as part of the CENTER Residency. Through outreach efforts and presentations at the SFUAD and UNM campuses as well as a public presentation on Oct 23, Wallace has distributed her coveted stencils to dozens of New Mexicans. We invite you to look all over Northern New Mexico for more golden clits (see image above) and share your pictures on Twitter at #cliteracy. Read more here.

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