Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will host its inaugural ArtFest12, a festival that brings together students and faculty members from around the world for three weeks of academic and artistic workshops, as well as cultural activities focused on graphic design, film, photography, creative writing, fine art, concept art, animation, music, dance, and architecture.
The festival, which runs from July 16 through August 3, is open to domestic and international students 18 years and older, high school art teachers and counselors, and residents of New Mexico. Participants will be immersed and inspired by the unique environment of Santa Fe, which The Atlantic ranks as the most artistic city in the country.
“ArtFest12 is a perfect opportunity for current students to experience art and design in a whole new way,” said Larry Hinz, president of SFUAD. “Bringing students and emerging artists from various countries and disciplines together within a classroom setting gives participants the chance to learn different techniques and be exposed to new cultural influences.”
The event features workshops on a variety of topics, including micro cinema, flash animation, African drumming and digital photography. So far, more than 100 students and faculty members from Italy, Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, Panama, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand and Germany have registered to participate in ArtFest12.
“International students have the opportunity to participate in Santa Fe’s tremendous art and culture scene,” Hinz added. “It’s our goal to open their eyes to the possibilities of art in New Mexico so they come back to visit or take more classes at the university in the future.”
Several cultural and social activities are also part of the festival, including Shakespeare on the Quad and a screening of Hide Away, the latest film directed by Chris Eyre, chair of the Moving Image Arts Department. Many of these events are also open to the public.
Members of the Santa Fe and New Mexico community are also invited to participate in the three-week ArtFest12 workshops for $300, which includes tuition, course materials and on-campus ArtFest12 activities. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to sign up for a workshop, visit the ArtFest12 website.