Barry Ellsworth, president
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 SFGA president, has put an increased emphasis on professional development, via SFGA’s new Inside Insight roundtable discussions, and advocacy via 2016’s petition and social media campaign to stop New Mexico Senate Bill 226, a.k.a. “the art tax.”
Mara Harris, secretary
Mara Harris is the communications manager of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson Street, the most-visited Santa Fe museum and one of the most-popular attractions in New Mexico. As such, Harris brings to SFGA extensive experience in communicating about Santa Fe as an arts destination to the nation and the world. Additionally, she brings awareness of O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy as it relates to the present-day Santa Fe art scene.
Shelley Thompson, treasurer
Shelley Thompson is the director of marketing and outreach for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the New Mexico Museum of Art, New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Museum of International Folk Art—all in Santa Fe. She is also the publisher of El Palacio, the nation’s oldest museum magazine. Thompson brings to SFGA her knowledge of Santa Fe’s multi-faceted creative community, media planning and buying, marketing Santa Fe as a cultural-tourism destination, and impact of public policy on the arts.
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.
Antonio Cortez is the executive director of Christopher Martin Gallery, 644 Canyon Road. As the visionary behind Christopher Martin’s Santa Fe, Dallas, and Aspen locations plus its active art-fair participation, Cortez contributes to SFGA his knowledge of the nation’s diverse art markets and the ways in which they impact galleries in the City Different.
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.
Mike Tansey is co-owner of Tansey Contemporary, 652 Canyon Road, Tansey Contemporary Sculpture Center, 619 Canyon Road, and Tansey Contemporary, Denver. Tansey is also the chairman of Art Miami, LLC, a network of seven art fairs in Florida, New York, and California.
Tansey brings to SFGA his knowledge of the art fair circuit, the ways in which it affects the Santa Fe market, and the potential opportunities for Santa Fe galleries at art fairs.
Lauren Tresp is the editor of THE Magazine, elevating Santa Fe’s contemporary arts and culture market for 25 years, with an emphasis on critical perspectives and informed dialogue. Tresp brings to SFGA her knowledge of the Santa Fe gallery scene, particularly with regard to new galleries, emerging artists, and trends among millennial art buyers.
Tricia Ware, manager
Tricia Ware is the former editor in chief of New Mexico Magazine, and has also worked at Santa Fean, Christie’s Great Estates Magazine, and the New Mexico Economic Development Department. She brings to SFGA her solid project-management and communications skills, plus in-depth knowledge of what drives people to visit, relocate to, and do business in Santa Fe.