Recursos de Santa Fe is a 501c3 educational non-profit founded in 1984 by Ellen Bradbury Reid and Ginger Richardson. Since its inception, Recursos has offered educational programming, including workshops for writers, scholarly conferences, and educational travel in the greater Southwest, Latin American and beyond. Arts and culture travel is a mainstay of our business, and our staff specializes in offering unforgettable experiences to clients in the academic and non-profit world.
Khristaan D. Villela, PhD - Executive Director
Khristaan D. Villela, PhD, is Professor of Art History and Scholar in Residence at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He earned a BA in Latin American Studies from Yale and a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas. He was recruited by the College of Santa Fe in 1998 to organize a new program in Arts of the Americas. He was founding director of the Thaw Art History Center at the College of Santa Fe, a center for research and teaching in the arts of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes; Native America (north of Mexico); Colonial and Modern Latin America; and American Modernism. Villela has also taught at the University of New Mexico, and was a scholar in residence at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors.
Villela specializes in Pre-Columbian and Latin American art. He has curated exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan, and the New Mexico History Museum. Most recently he was consulting curator for Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (2014). He writes frequently for publications including New Mexico Magazine, ARTNews, Adobe Airstream, and he has a column in the Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo section. He is the author of Ancient Civilizations of the Americas: Man, Nature, and Spirit in Precolumbian Art (Miho Museum, 2011); The Aztec Calendar Stone (with Mary Miller, Getty Publications, 2010); and Contemporary Mexican Architecture and Design (with Ellen Bradbury Reid and Logan Wagner, Gibbs Smith Publications, 2002). He has led tours and mini-courses on the Arts and Cultures of the Southwest, and on Contemporary Art in Santa Fe. He has also taken groups to Mexico and Central America, to explore the region’s archaeology and modern folk arts.
Ellen Bradbury Reid - Founder
Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos, where her father worked on the Manhattan Project. She became an art historian, and worked on Mabel Dodge Lujan’s papers at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. She served as Curator of Primitive Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and also as the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (now the NM Museum of Art). She has published several books, including From the Far Away Nearby (on Georgia O’Keeffe); Contemporary Mexican Art and Design; and I Wear the Morning Star, a catalogue of material culture related to the Native American Ghost Dance of the 1890s. More recently she has been working on the history and legacy of the Manhattan Project, serving as a consultant for Race for the World’s First Atomic Bomb: A Thousand Days of Fear (PBS/BBC, 2015). She has published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, and recently organized the conference, “Legacies of the Manhattan Project,” held in 2015 at the Santa Fe Institute. She is currently consulting for the Santa Fe Opera, for a new production of John Adams’s Dr. Atomic, to be presented in 2017.
Ellen Bradbury Reid, Board President
Lauren Reid, Treasurer
E. Logan Wagner, PhD