Sarah Stolar - Chair of Fine Arts and Digital Media

Sarah Stolar is an interdisciplinary Feminist artist who works from a vast technical perspective, the breadth of her work includes painting, drawing, multi-media installation, film, video and performance art. She grew up in her mother’s art studio and award-winning art school Schain Studios, received a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at the  Harwood Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and BGMoCA in Montevideo, Uruguay. www.sarahstolar.com


Sarah is the Chair of Fine Arts and Digital Media at UNM-Taos. She teaches Drawing I (ARTS 1610), Drawing II (ARTS 2610), Painting I (ARTS 1630), Painting II (ARTS 2630), Sculpture, Art Practices I (ARTS 1220), Art Practices II (ARTS 1230), and Intro to Video Art. 


Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom by appointment) for Fall 2020: Mon, Wed 12:30-2:30pm and Fri 2:30-4:30pm 

Email: sstolar@unm.edu

Gary Cook - Associate Professor 

Fine Arts Program

Associate Professor Gary Cook has forty years of teaching experience. Over his career he has taught all levels of painting, drawing and printmaking as well as classes on consciousness, creativity, healing and personal awareness. He has developed programs with visual artists, writers, musicians, dream shamans, dancers and global educators. He teaches for both the art department and the Holistic Health and Healing Arts Program. Four museums, ten universities and fifteen galleries have exhibited his paintings and prints. He earned his MFA at Northern Illinois University and BFA at Michigan State University.


Gary teaches Drawing I (ARTS 1610), Drawing II (ARTS 2610), Painting I (ARTS 1630), Painting II (ARTS 2630), and Intro to Printmaking (ARTS 1710), and Monotype (ARTS 2996).

Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom) for Fall 2020: TBD

Email: gary@unm.edu

Lee Akins - Faculty

Fine Arts Program

Lee Akins was born in Texas, but grew up in Taiwan.He received his B.F.A. from the Dayton Art Institute, Ohio in 1975 and M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University in Ceramics in 1986. He has taught ceramics for more than 40 years.He has exhibited internationally in Taiwan and Japan and nationally including The Dallas Museum of Art. His work has been featured in ceramic magazines including an article in Ceramics Monthly, August/September 2006. www.leeakins.com

Lee teaches Intro to Ceramics (ARTS 1310), Ceramics I (ARTS 1320), Raku (ARTS 2340), Ceramic Sculpture (Arts 1840) and Drawing I (ARTS 1610).

Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom) for Fall 2020: TBD

Email: lakins@unm.edu

Paula King - Faculty

Fine Arts Program

Serving UNM-Taos since 2008, Paula shares her love for working with students, art-making, the study of art history through online education. Paula's experience includes teaching studio art, digital photography, image editing, video production and new media. She delivers art instruction to learners across the state of New Mexico and beyond. She continues to improve the experience of online instruction through research and training, designing UNM-Taos art courses to Quality Matters Standards. Degrees: MFA Studio Art / Art History, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mx., MS Studio Art / Art History, Texas A&M University, BFA, Studio Art / Art History, University of Texas 

Paula teaches Introduction to Art  (ARTH1120), History of Art 1 (ARTH 2110), History of Art 2 (ARTH 2120)


Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom) for Fall 2020: TBD

Email: pk1ng@unm.edu

Heather Marie Bergerson - Work/Study

Assistant to the Chair of Fine Arts and Digital Media   

Heather Marie Bergerson is a German-American interdisciplinary artist. She received her Associates of Fine Art from UNM-Taos and she is currently a BFA candidate at UNM. As the Fine Arts and Digital Media Work/Study, Heather serves as the Assistant to the Chair of the Fine Arts and Digital Media, the Atrium Gallery Director, and has completed an internship with the PASEO Project. Heather is a published photographer, a collaborating artist on large-scale projects, and has participated in various exhibitions including a group show in Budapest, Hungary and a recent solo show in Taos, NM. www.hmbergerson.com

Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom by appointment) for Fall 2020: Thurs. & Fri. at 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm

Email: hmbergerson@unm.edu

Peter Walker - Digital Media Program Coordinator

Peter Walker is a filmmaker, photographer and educator. He is also a lifelong student of Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art. Peter grew up in his fathers’ woodworking studio making sawdust. He earned his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Oregon and his Directors’ Certificate from the Asian Academy of Film and Television in New Delhi, India. He honed his filmmaking craft during three years of productions in Malaysia followed by a documentary in Costa Rica. Recently he spent a summer as an Artist-in-Residence at Arquetopia in Urubamba, Peru. He has been teaching media arts for 14 years. https://taoswalkermedia.com 


Peter teaches Video Production 2 - Podcast 2020 (FDMA 2525), Intro to Mass Communication (Comm 1150), and Intro to Film and Digital Media (FMA 1520)

Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom by appointment) for Fall 2020: Wed. & Thurs. at 11am-12pm

Email: Pedrowalker@unm.edu

Dave Mansfield - Faculty

Digital Media Program 

Dave is a multi-media artist who grew up in Los Alamos, NM before working as an international recording artist almost 3 decades as well as a CGI animator in the rarified air of Hollywood for almost a decade. In addition to teaching Video Production and Motion Graphics, he is also a full-time librarian with UNM-Taos. He has a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado and is still actively recording music and creating music videos for his band, Society Burning. 

Dave teaches Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects (FDMA 1996-800)

Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom by appointment) for Fall 2020: Mon. through Fri. at 2pm-3pm

Email: dmansfield@unm.edu

Kelly Clement- Faculty

Digital Media Program 

Kelly is a self-confessed movie addict who received his M.A. in film production from San Francisco State University in 1990. He has since produced and directed numerous films, videos and multimedia projects and has taught film classes at Minnesota College of Art and Design and UNM-Taos for the past 20 years. From 1995-2003 Kelly was the co-founder and Director of Programming for the Taos Talking Picture Festival. He has also worked with the True/False Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival. Currently he is the documentary film programmer for the Mill Valley Film Festival and the DocLands Documentary Film Festival.


Kelly teaches Intro to Film Studies (FDMA 2110) and Beyond Hollywood (FDMA 2195)


Virtual Office Hours (using Zoom) for Fall 2020: TBD

Email: clement8@unm.edu

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Fine Arts and Digital Media

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Taos, NM 87557

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