New Mexico School for the Arts Visual Arts Dept. Chair Selected for Golden Educators Residency in New York

(June 4, 2015) Santa Fe, NM – Cristina González, chair of the New Mexico School for the Arts’ Visual Arts Department, is one of three educators nationwide to be selected for a Golden Educators Residency in upstate New York. The weeklong artist residency – offered through a partnership between the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors – was awarded to artist educators whose student(s) received a Regional or National recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Open to artists working in the paint medium, the residency will give recipients the opportunity to work with many unique materials and technologies, using the time to explore and develop their own artistic mastery. It will be held in late summer 2015.

Ms. González received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington, and her B.A. from Yale University. She has also studied at Chautauqua School of Art in New York and Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. A distinguished painter for many years, González’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country. Her paintings reside in four public collections in New Mexico, and numerous private collections in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Her solo exhibitions include ones at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, and the Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe. Group exhibitions include ones at various museums, galleries, and art spaces in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, New York City, and Mexico City. In addition to chairing the Visual Arts Department at the New Mexico School for the Arts Charter School, González remains professionally active. In 2013, González and design partner Jacob Sisneros received an important, publically funded Vietnam War memorial commission from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project will be completed and dedicated in 2015. Her previous teaching appointments include the University of Washington, Indiana University, Santa Fe Community College, College of Santa Fe, and New Mexico Highlands University.

New Mexico School for the Arts, Art Institute and High School assists passionate young artists in developing their full potential through a rigorous mastery arts and academic education.

New Mexico School for the Arts is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA-High School, a New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts with rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma.  NMSA is located in the former St. Francis Cathedral School, 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. For more information, log on to: www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.