Lisa Le Feuvre
Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, editor, and public speaker. She is the inaugural Executive Director of Holt/Smithson Foundation. Committed to communicating and testing ideas, she has curated exhibitions in museums and galleries across Europe, published writings in international publications and journals, spoken in museums and universities across the world, sat on numerous award panels, and has played a pivotal role in shaping academic and arts organizations. Previously based in the UK, she led the Henry Moore Institute (2010-17), was an academic based in the graduate Curatorial Program at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2004-10), led the contemporary art program at the National Maritime Museum (2005-09), and until 2004 was Course Director of the graduate program in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Brenda Folstad joined the Foundation team as the inaugural Head of Operations & Finance in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts with a Major in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since discovering a passion for accounting and becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1999, she has worked primarily in the field of nonprofit auditing and tax compliance. She continued work with nonprofits and small businesses after establishing her own accounting firm in 2004, a move that allowed her to further explore her passion for the arts and art making.
William T. Carson
William T. Carson joined the Foundation in 2019. He is an artist whose work is informed by the landscapes in which he grew up: a cattle ranch in rural southeastern Montana and a small island in the Salish Sea. His artwork raises questions about cultural understandings of coal and its place in nature. William studied architecture at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and in 2015 he graduated from Colorado College BA with Distinction in Art Studio. In 2017 he presented his first solo exhibition Unearth at CamibaArt Gallery in Austin, Texas. Previously William worked at 212GALLERY in Aspen, Colorado and at Twyla, an art and technology startup company in Austin.
Edna Riley joined the Foundation team in February 2020 as the Administrator. She moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1992 to pursue a Master of Liberal Arts degree from St. John’s College. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, in Film/Television. For nearly 20 years, Edna has worked in the health insurance industry as an independent broker, serving small businesses and individuals in Northern New Mexico. She volunteers at Make Santa Fe, where she has learned 3D printing and laser cutting. She has studied and practiced many crafts and art mediums, including encaustic, pastels, knitting, crochet, and jewelry making.
Board of Directors
Diane R. Karp, Ph.D.
Diane Karp is an arts activist, arts educator, arts connector, and devoted supporter of the creative process in all realms of society. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and, after teaching twentieth century art history at Temple University, she became curator of the Ars Medica collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Diane moved to New York City in 1988 to become Director of New Observations Magazine, an artist-based, nonprofit, contemporary arts journal dedicated to the diversity of the national and global arts community. In September 2001 she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to become Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute until 2013 when she retired from her position to write and continue her work with art, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community building. Diane has served on the Board of Holt/Smithson Foundation since 2017.
Christine Steiner is an art lawyer. Prior to private practice, Christine served as Secretary and General Counsel of the J. Paul Getty Trust; as Assistant General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution; Assistant Attorney General of Maryland for state colleges and universities; and Principal Counsel of the Maryland state public education system. Christine is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, and has been a visiting professor in programs of international art law in Florence and Cambridge. She speaks frequently on art law topics, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the United States, and is active in the arts nationally. She has been recognized consistently by Best Lawyers, the prestigious national peer-ranking organization, for her contributions to Art Law. Christine joined Holt/Smithson Foundation’s Board in 2019.
Wendy Lewis is Executive Director of the Marshall L. and Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation. Based in Santa Fe, the McCune Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, and spiritual life of New Mexicans. McCune Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grant making that seeks to foster positive social change. Wendy steers the foundation’s strategic vision and oversees significant program-related investment in the revitalization of downtown Albuquerque. Wendy has an extensive background in corporate and small business leadership. She joined Holt/Smithson Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2017.
Virginia Dwan is art collector, patron, philanthropist, and founder of Dwan Light Sanctuary in Montezuma, New Mexico. Virginia initiated the pioneering Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles (1959–67) and Dwan Gallery, New York (1965–71). On the West Coast, her gallery was well known for its exhibitions of Abstract Expressionism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art. In New York, Dwan Gallery gained a reputation for ground-breaking exhibitions of Minimal, Conceptual, and Land art. A visionary patron of the arts, Virginia has supported numerous projects, including Robert Smithson’s earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), and was a close friend of both Smithson and Nancy Holt. In 2017 the exhibition Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, presented at the National Gallery in Washington and Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, celebrated Virginia’s unrivalled contribution to the arts. She joined the Holt/Smithson Foundation Board in 2018.
DeeDee Halleck is a media activist, founder of Paper Tiger Television, and co-founder of Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. As President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers in the 1970s, DeeDee led a media reform campaign in Washington D.C. for increased support and channel space for independent video and film, which ultimately lead to the creation of the Independent Television Service. A close friend of Nancy Holt, she worked with Nancy on her films Pine Barrens (1975), Sun Tunnels (1978), and The Making of Amarillo Ramp (1973-2013). DeeDee is a Founding Board Member, joining in 2015.
Jane Crawford studied art history at Finch College in NYC. She first met Robert Smithson while working as an assistant to the Finch College Museum Director. After graduating in 1970, she worked in several galleries before creating the Foundation of Art Performances and Projects, which was dedicated to performance and site-specific works. Since 1978 Jane has been the director of the Gordon Matta-Clark Estate and a filmmaker, working with Robert Fiore. Nancy Holt, who was a close personal friend, invited Jane Crawford to make the films Rundown (1984) and Sheds (2004). Jane joined the Holt/Smithson Foundation Board in 2019.
James Lingwood is Co-Director of Artangel, a London-based nonprofit organization that commissions, produces, and presents new site-specific projects by contemporary artists, film-makers, composers, and writers. James also works as an independent curator for museums around the world. Recent exhibitions include Richard Hamilton: Serial Obsessions for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2017-18) and Luigi Ghirri: The Map and the Territory, Photographs from the 1970s for Museum Folkwang in Essen, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía in Madrid, Jeu de Paume in Paris, and Hayward Gallery, London (2018-20). In 1993-94 he curated Robert Smithson—The Entropic Landscape for IVAM Valencia, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, and Musée d'art contemporain, Marseille, and in 2002 the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher / Robert Smithson: Field Trips at Museu Serralves, Porto. James joined Holt/Smithson Foundation’s Board in 2020.