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Sarah Stolar - Chair of Fine Arts, Film 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.


Sarah is the Chair of Fine Arts, Film and Digital Media at UNM-Taos. She teaches Drawing I, Drawing II, Painting I , Painting II, Sculpture, Art Practices I, and Art Practices II. 



Peter Walker - Film and Digital Media Arts 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. 


Peter is the Film and Digital Media Arts Program Coordinator. He teaches Intro to Film and Digital Media, Introduction to Cinematography, and Digital Video Production I.


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, Drawing II, Painting , Painting II, and Intro to Printmaking, and Monotype.


Lee Akins - Faculty

Fine Arts Program

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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.

Lee teaches Intro to Ceramics, Ceramics I, Raku, Sculpture, and Drawing I.


Kelly Clement- Faculty
Film and Digital Media Arts Program 

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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 and Beyond Hollywood.


Paula King - Faculty

Fine Arts Program

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Serving UNM-Taos since 2008, Paula shares her love for working with student learners, art-making, and the study of art appreciation and 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: Master of Fine Art Studio Art / Art History, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mx., Master of Science Studio Art / Art History, Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art / Art History, University of Texas, Austin. 


Paula teaches Introduction to Art, History of Art I, History of Art II, and Modern Art.



Adrian Pijoan - Faculty
Fine Arts & Film and Digital Media Arts Program 

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Adrian is a new media artist and filmmaker based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In his work Adrian explores the relationship between contemporary anxieties and stories of the paranormal. Sightings of Adrian have been reported at UFO festivals, Bigfoot research conferences, and in the dark recesses of the comments sections of low-view-count YouTube videos. Adrian received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2016. Adrian's work has been shown at Silicon Valet; De:Formal; The Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Biquini Wax gallery in Mexico City; as part of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Vancouver, Canada; and other traditional and nontraditional spaces.

Adrian teaches Introduction to Photography, Art and Ecology, and Introduction to Photoshop


Dr. Lisa Spencer - Faculty
Film and Digital Media Arts Program 


Dr. Lisa Spencer wrote her own doctoral program after two years of Urban Education/ Multi-Cultural Studies as an Interdisciplinary degree which had five majors: Documentary, Social Justice, English, Music, and Cultural Anthropology. She has been making music, photography, video, media, and film since her childhood. She served the country twice serving in human rights and has a non-profit that advocates for legislative reform to protect children from exploitation in the US and abroad. She has a small farm in Appalachia and goes back and forth between the two ecosystems that feed her soul. She is an award-winning filmmaker and musician.

Lisa teaches Directing I.


Kimberly Thompson - Faculty
Fine Arts Program 


Kimberly Thompson is a professional goldsmith, who specializes in producing wearable works inspired by cultural relics and sacred geometry. Over the past decade, she has studied numerous techniques from around the world in the classical tradition of metal arts and jewelry fabrication. Through her work as an instructor of small metals and metalsmithing, she passes her knowledge of the craft to the next generation of perspective artists. After receiving her MA in Art History from CSU Sacramento, in addition to her training as an art historian, Kimberly has committed herself to the continual education and promotion of craft-based arts.  She has taught both Art History and Metalsmithing at multiple college campuses throughout California.

Kimberly teaches Jewelry and Small Metal Construction I and Jewelry and Small Metal Construction II.


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