Warren Keating, President
Warren Keating is the director of ViVO Contemporary, 725 Canyon Rd. one of the most celebrated and awarded artist collectives in Santa Fe, showing a unique collection of contemporary artworks by local artists since 2003. Keating, at the forefront of the online art market for 15 years, continues to stay ahead of art market trends and is instrumental in creating policy and best practices for this emerging sector. He brought the same approach to ViVO’s physical gallery, an emphasis on education of the art-buying public, price transparency, measures that ensure buyer security, and community involvement and enrichment. Keating is passionate about bringing his skill set and acquired knowledge to help the gallery association membership ensure the vibrance and longevity of the Santa Fe art community.
Stuart Ashman - Treasurer
Stuart Ashman is the executive director of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, offering art exhibitions, public programs, and a cinematheque, and hosting more than 55,000 art and movie lovers annually. Previously, Ashman served as President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, as well as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also been Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art and Executive Director of Santa Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Much of Ashman’s career has been devoted to raising the profile the City of Santa Fe as an arts destination and creative community.
David Rettig is the Curator of Collections for Allan Houser Gallery, 125 Lincoln Ave., and Allan Houser Sculpture Garden, 26 Haozous Road, both of which are dedicated to the legendary American sculptor and painter, Allan Houser. Rettig has worked in Santa Fe galleries for over 40 years, was a member of the first SFGA board in 1982, and contributes his experience with Santa Fe’s ever-evolving art market to today’s organization.
Marissa Fassano has worked within the commercial and nonprofit arts sectors since graduating from Rutgers University in 2009, where she studied English and Intaglio. Prior to becoming Marketing Director of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art galleries, she lived and worked on the East Coast and Paris for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Sous Les Etoiles Gallery and Arts Arena, American University of Paris.
Barry Ellsworth is the owner of Ellsworth Gallery, 215 E. Palace, which combines museum-quality Japanese antiques with contemporary painting, photography, and sculpture from around the world. A specialist in arts of the samurai, Ellsworth founded Shakudo Fine Arts in Paris. Ellsworth brings global perspective to the Santa Fe art market and since becoming a member of SFGA, has put an increased emphasis on professional development. With SFGA’s new Inside Insight roundtable discussions and advocacy through the 2016 petition and social media campaign to stop New Mexico Senate Bill 226, AKA “the art tax” Ellsworth's contributions are noteworthy.
Sarah Taylor, Secretary
Sarah Taylor manages Antieau Gallery Santa Fe at 134 W. Water Street, the second artist-owned gallery of self-taught fabric appliqué and embroidery artist, Chris Roberts-Antieau, the first being in New Orleans, LA. With nearly ten years of experience in music and arts administration in New Orleans, Sarah hopes to encourage and explore the crossover between music and art, through inventive event programming at Antieau Gallery, as well as between the two historic cities she calls home.
Lisa Stewart, Manager
Lisa Stewart is an entrepreneur, digital publisher, designer, performer and business manager. Ten years ago, she created an avid following and unique advertising model at EncinoMom.com which integrated editorial, video and traditional advertising to promote local and national businesses to her California lifestyle audience. She has managed the marketing and growth of businesses that range from theaters to roofing companies. As a performer, she has received awards and accolades for her work as a theatre actor and live jazz vocalist. Currently, she is the designer and business manager of the Teabag Project here in Santa Fe.