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Santa Fe Community College Appoints will Wilson as Head of the Photography Program

June 20, 2014



SANTA FE, N.M., June 20 -- Santa Fe Community College issued the following news release:

Santa Fe Community College has appointed of William (Will) Wilson, Dine, as Head of the Photography Program. This fall semester, he will join the college's Arts and Design faculty in the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts.

"We are pleased to welcome Will Wilson to SFCC as our Head of Photography," said Bernadette Jacobs, Ph.D., SFCC's Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts. "Will has a regional and national reputation. His art, experience and extraordinary teaching skills will provide SFCC students an engaging education in the art of photography."

Dine photographer Wilson spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation. In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Oberlin College and the University of Arizona. Previously, he managed the National Vision Project, a Ford Foundation funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and helped to coordinate the New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) program on the Navajo Nation. Wilson's yearlong survey show is currently on exhibit through April 2015 at the Wheelwright Museum (http://wheelwright.org/exhibitions/will-wilson/) in Santa Fe, NM. The exhibition includes the six original large-scale images from Wilson's AIR (Auto Immune Response) series, and selections from his CIPX (Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange) project.

Wilson is part of the Science and Arts Research Collaborative (SARC) which brings together artists interested in using science and technology in their practice with collaborators from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Labs as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, 2012 (ISEA). Recently, he completed an exhibition and artist residency at the Denver Art Museum and was the King Fellow artist-in-residence at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe. He holds an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in Photography from Oberlin College.

SFCC offers an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Applied Arts in photography as well as a Certificate in Commercial Photography and a Certificate in Fine Arts Photography. SFCC's Photography Program (http://www.sfcc.edu/programs/photography) features state-of-the-art facilities and offers diverse courses taught by exceptional faculty that include digital, silver and non-silver techniques, and emphasize conceptual and expressive approaches to using photography as a means of communication. Course offerings include Photographic Portraiture, Documentary Photography, Photographic Surrealism, Extreme Photography, Visual Anthropology, Landscape Photography, Photographing the Figure, Underwater Photography, among others. The program prepares students to transfer to a four-year degree program or to enter the workforce.

Learn more about Will Wilson: Will Wilson PhotoShelter (http://willwilson.photoshelter.com/), PoMo Navajo - Blog (http://www.pomonavajo.blogspot.com/), Hozhographos Studio (http://www.hzgstudio.org/). Photo attached. To learn more about SFCC's Photography Program (http://www.sfcc.edu/programs/photography), contact Christina Rogel in the School of Arts, Design, and Media Arts at 505-428-1731 or cristina.rogel@sfcc.edu.

For more than 30 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult basic education programs. For further information, visit www.sfcc.edu or call 505-428-1000. Follow us: SFCC on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SFCCNM), SFCC on Twitter (http://twitter.com/SFCCNM).

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