CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2021

June 18-27, 2021

Staff and Board

Staff

Mariannah Amster
Co-Executive and Artistic Director
Born in 1948, Mariannah attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City, and graduated, in 1983, with honors from Smith College with a triple major in Art, Writing and Biology.

Her background as a painter, printmaker and book artist evolved into a focus on digital media - video, video installation and digital printing in 1996.

Her commitment to Parallel Studios brings her many diverse skills together in service to a medium that she loves, allowing her to participate in cultivating and supporting the next generation of New Media artists.

Frank Ragano
Co-Executive and Artistic Director
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Frank began his creative life studying dance - ballet and modern. A move to New York City in 1980 shifted his focus to experimental theater and installation environments. Santa Fe became home base in 1996, where he continued his installation work, eventually incorporating video. In 2002, he and Mariannah Amster produced the first CURRENTS exhibition which became an annual, international media arts festival in 2010. They remain the Co-Executive/Artistic Directors of Parallel Studios, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which produces CURRENTS.

Alison Nitkiewicz
Operations Manager ++
Alison Nitkiewicz is a silkscreen, installation, and video artist living in Santa Fe, NM. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Printmaking in 2013. She spent 4.5 years as a resident of the Dirt Palace, a feminist artist collective in Providence, RI. After almost years of being heavily involved in Providence's art and music community, she decided to switch things up and explore new horizons by moving west to Santa Fe in 2019. She has shown work at Harvard University, the RISD Museum and internationally. Her work deals with themes of femininity, artificiality, vanity, queerness and embodiment.

Bel Sigado
Digital Media Manager
Bel Sigado is originally from Southwestern Pennsylvania and an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, main campus, where they studied the History of Art & Architecture and Museum Studies. Bel is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they have lived since 2018. They manage the digital assets for CURRENTS, are passionately interested in digital accessibility, and halfway through 3-7 books at any given time (mostly formative Russian fiction).

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Website Development
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We design and implement responsive web + mobile platforms and tools. We enjoy crafting intuitive websites with the most current technologies.

Tim Jag
Head Preparator
Tong Wu
Digital Designer, Creative Technologist
Tong Wu is a multimedia artist, designer, and creative technologist raised on the Internet. She now co-exists with her digital doubles in New York and the Chrome browser.

Tong Wu's art research focuses on cyberculture, the digital system, and how "individuals" form relationships with their overpopulated avatars in the era of digital. She uses various media, such as 3D visuals, machine-learning models, installations, and performance, to construct a speculative world of digital doubles and to present the fluid yet dystopian nature of "individual".

Wu graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the New York University and the photojournalism program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has exhibited her work internationally, including Koganechō Art Management Center in Yokohama, Japan, CURRENTS New Media Festival in New Mexico, U.S., International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) DocLab Session in Amsterdam, Netherlands, CultureHub & La Mama experimental theater club in New York, U.S., SandBox Immersive Festival Acceleration Program in Hangzhou, China.

Her personal and collaborative projects have also received international awards and nominations, including nominees of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-fiction and Digital Storytelling, winner of the Digital Dozens Special Jury Awards by Digital Storytelling Lab of the Columbia University.

Board

Anne Farrell
Board President
Trained as a painter, studying w the late Jorge Fick in Santa Fe, NM. Started working with computers early on. Became founding department chair of the flourishing Media Arts department at Santa Fe Community College. Currently involved in multiple, interactive, video and other media projects, both individually and collaboratively.

Board Treasurer
Sandy Zane is the owner, with her husband, Ned Bennett, of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. Ms. Zane is also an accomplished artist and has exhibited her prints and paintings in many solo shows as well as in more than 25 solo, juried, group, and invitational exhibitions primarily in New York and New Mexico.

Ms. Zane has served on the board of the NMSU Foundation and currently serves on the boards of Creative Santa Fe and Creative Startups. Ms. Zane and Mr. Bennett are philanthropists, contributing major gifts to Alzheimer’s research, the Safety Foundation of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and to Santa Fe area educational and arts organizations including the New Mexico Museum Foundation and New Mexico School for the Arts.

In 2012 Ms. Zane was the Remarkable Woman Honoree of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Ms. Zane earned a B.A. in Arts Administration from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She is a private pilot and owns aircraft for recreation.

Tony Abeyta
Board Member
Tony Abeyta is a Navajo contemporary artist working in mixed media paintings. He is a graduate from New York University with an honorary doctorate from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He was the 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts award, and recognized as a Native treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Tony currently works in both Santa Fe, NM and Berkeley, CA. His work can be seen at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other public & private collections.

Patricia Lea Watts
Board Member
Patricia Watts has researched art and nature practitioners since 1990. She has participated as panelist at numerous conferences and has given lectures at art departments internationally. Watts recently curated Richard Bowman: Radiant Abstractions at The Landing gallery in LA (2019). Other important exhibitions include Enchantment at Peter Strauss Ranch (2016) in Agoura Hills, CA; FiberSHED (2015) and Transmissions (2013) at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato, CA; and Shifting Baselines at Santa Fe Art Institute (2013). From 2015-16 she projected managed a public artwork in Springfield, Missouri titled Cloud House, created by Matthew Mazzotta for Farmers Park. Watts was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, CA (2005-2008). She received her MA in Exhibition Design/Museum Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and has a BA in Business Administration from Stephens College, Missouri.

Tom Greenbaum
Board Member
In 1981, Tom moved to New Mexico to work with AEC industry where he sharpened his skills in computer aided design and 3D photorealistic rendering, followed by becoming an employee of Intel Corporation. There he found himself fully immersed in the high-tech world.

As Director of the Intel Innovation Center his role empowered him to reach out and benefit the community. With the help of Intel’s generous support, he was able to donate computers to Dr. Jonathan Wolfe at the Fractal Foundation, projectors to Steina and Woody Vasulka, and to The PASEO Project in Taos, and was able to sponsor the ISEA 2012 Symposium in Albuquerque, provide workshops at the Taos Toolbox Makerspace, donate a supercomputer to the UNM ARTS Lab, sponsor the Duke City Shootout Digital Filmmaking Festival, host the Women In Technology awards.

Tom served as a Board Member on the New Mexico Technology Council for six years. His deep love of new media arts began when he joined the Digital Fine Arts Society of New Mexico and began printing high-resolution computer-generated artwork using AutoCAD and POV-Ray software.

Katherine Ballard-Ryan
Board Member
Kitty comes to the CURRENTS’ Board of Directors with experience with nonprofit organization, as a teacher, board member, manager, and program coordinator.
She has a deep commitment to keeping the arts accessible as evident in her years serving on various non-profit arts related boards, as well as teaching art to rural children living in economically disadvantaged communities on the Leech Lake and Red Lake Chippewa Reservations.

Ken Prokuski
Board Member
Ken is a results driven operations executive that has delivered impactful results across a spectrum of industries including life sciences, semiconductor equipment, and land mobile communications in start ups, turn arounds, and large global organizations. He has built high achieving organizations in manufacturing, supply chain, and operational areas. He has multisite and international experience and is accomplished in organizational and staff development. He has achieved high performance in day to day operations in multiple sites while the architect and implementer of operational strategy.

Advisory Board

Robert Campbell’s practice includes video art, digital film, digital imaging/collage, installation, and documentary filmmaking. Since 1984 his single-channel video art work has been exhibited at festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally in Europe and Japan. For the past 15 years, his installation work has been featured in museums and galleries around the country and included in recent ISEA and Santa Fe International New Media Festivals. His video/dance collaborations have been featured at On the Boards and Bumbershoot in Seattle, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, and Lincoln Center in New York. He has produced documentaries in the U.S., Italy, Ukraine, Zambia and South Africa, with excerpts of his work in Africa selected for the Journey to Planet Earth series on the PBS network. He currently teaches New Media in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is co-director of the Institute of Emergent Technology and Intermedia (iET+I).

Steina Vasulka
Steina Vasulka is an early pioneer of video art, and has been producing work since the early 1960s. She moved to New York City in 1965, where they began showing video art at the Whitney Museum and founded The Kitchen in 1971. Steina became a Guggenheim fellow in 1976.

She has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1980 and has continued to produce her innovative work.

David Stout
David Stout is a visual artist, composer, writer, curator and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches across the arts. He is a recipient of the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), the Harvestworks Interactive Technology Award and the Sun Micro Systems Award for Academic Excellence (2004) and a nominee for the USA Artist Fellowship (2008), International Media Art Prize (2004) and the WTN World Technology Award (2003). Stout previously founded the MOV-iN Gallery and the Installation, Performance & Interactivity project (IPI) at the College of Santa Fe. He is at present directing the Initiative for Advance Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas located in the Dallas metropolitan area, where he holds a joint appointment in the College of Music and College of Visual Art and Design.