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At Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) we are artists, innovative thinkers, and engaged citizens. We cultivate creative leadership and invest in community, culture, and place to re-imagine a more equitable world.

SFAI is a hub for creative engagement and social change. We facilitate our mission through four areas: a renowned residency program bringing together creative practitioners from all over the world, educational programming that includes the groundbreaking Design Workshop, public programs that celebrate local innovators and activists like SFAI140, and our social entrepreneurship incubator SFAI Works.

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1985 by Pony Ault and the noted architect and artist William Lumpkins, both of whom sought to provide a unique opportunity for emerging artists to pursue a brief, intense period of study with critically acclaimed visiting artists. Richard Diebenkorn was SFAI’s first Visiting Artist, and he became a major force in the establishment of SFAI, helping to attract both students and other Visiting Artists, among whom are such renowned contemporary artists as John Baldessari, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Rothenberg, Donald Sultan, and Joel-Peter Witkin. SFAI remains, as it was founded, an independent, educational, nonprofit organization. In 1999, the Institute moved to its extraordinary current facility designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta.

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