CCA Appoints New Executive Director

Editor | - April 10, 2013

'A former tenured professor, Candace Tangorra Matelic directed a top museum program and led the Santa Fe Children's Museum through a major transition...'

The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe (CCA) announced that Candace Tangorra Matelic, Ph.D. has been named the new executive director of the long-standing Santa Fe arts organization, effective April 8, 2013.

"The CCA board and staff are very excited to welcome Dr. Matelic to CCA," said CCA Board President John C. Bienvenu. "Dr. Matelic is a proven national leader in the management of museums and cultural institutions.  Her experience and expertise in organizational effectiveness and her passion for community engagement are exactly what we were searching for as we continue to build upon the most successful years in CCA's long history." 

Matelic commented, "CCA is a beloved jewel in Santa Fe's crown of amazing cultural organizations, and is poised for an expanded level of meaningful public service with its esteemed Cinematheque and dynamic Visual and Performing Arts programs. I am looking forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers, members, patrons, artists, lecturers, workshop leaders, teachers and community partners."

About Candace Tangorra Matelic, Ph.D.

Matelic brings over three decades of leadership to CCA. Most recently she led the Santa Fe Children's Museum through a critical nine-month transition, leaving a much stronger institution. She directed National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii, and managed the visitor experience and programs at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan and an outdoor museum in Iowa. As a tenured professor for 10 years, she directed a top museum graduate program in the SUNY system.

She began her career as an artist, but was lured into the world of museums. While she continues to enjoy art and photography, her professional expertise is in organizational analysis, change, learning and development, community engagement, transformational leadership, nonprofit management and community-centered planning for museums and cultural organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies, a M.A. in Museum Studies and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and  American Studies. She teaches distance courses for the University of Victoria, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of New Mexico, and professional workshops for cultural organizations in community engagement, organizational change and integrating creativity into the workplace.

About the Center for Contemporary Arts

CCA's mission is to create, maintain and promote a vibrant regional gathering place for the exploration and presentation of diverse and challenging contemporary art forms and ideas through interdisciplinary programs in film, digital media, visual arts, performance and ongoing educational outreach.  CCA's primary objective is to encourage creative and innovative artworks as they emerge from the community CCA serves.  CCA's outreach programs and artistic programming reflect the needs and interests of the community and CCA actively seeks youth and underserved populations to participate in exploring diverse art forms in the context of contemporary culture.