About

Contemporary Art for Everyone

516 ARTS is a nonprofit, contemporary art museum in the center of Downtown Albuquerque that celebrates thought-provoking art in the here and now. Our mission is to connect contemporary artists and diverse audiences. 516 ARTS presents relevant exhibitions and public programs, which feature a mix of local, national, and international artists and inspire curiosity, risk-taking and creative experimentation.

Founded in 2006, 516 ARTS engages with timely themes such as the environment, immigration, and the north/south axis of cultural exchange with a focus on Latin America. Our public programs include collaborations with museums and organizations around the region and beyond, public art projects, guest speakers, public forums, the 516 WORDS literary series, workshops, performances and special events. Education programs include exhibition tours for schools and community groups with curriculum support materials for teachers, youth activities, and hands-on workshops with guest artists.

In 2016, 516 ARTS was selected as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 516 ARTS launched the Fulcrum Fund, an annual, competitive grant program providing funding directly to artists for artist-organized activities in our region.

516 ARTS is committed to providing a dynamic, creative and inspiring space where individuals can gather to discuss, explore and learn about contemporary art and relevant issues and topics of our day. We foster inclusivity in core aspects of our exhibitions and public programming, as well as in our staffing and work environment. We strive to create experiences that are welcoming, relevant and accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. We seek to be active participants in celebrating the diversity in our community, while exploring topics such as socio-economic class, education, the environment and immigration. We continually evaluate our programming, exhibitions and staffing in relation to our goals of enhanced audience engagement and the reflection of diverse perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, gender identity, religious affiliation or national origin and believe that our unique differences, ideas, preferences and perspectives contribute to a rich, vibrant and meaningful fabric that unites us all.

Board of Directors

GOVERNING BOARD:

  • Danny Lopez, Chair
    Arts & Culture Consultant

  • Suzanne Sbarge, President
    Founder/Executive Director, 516 ARTS

  • Mark Rohde, FAIA, Vice President,
    RMKM Architecture PC

  • Rebecca Black, Treasurer/Secretary
    Former FSO, US Government

  • Pamela Cheek
    Associate Provost for Curriculum & Assessment, University of New Mexico

  • Larry Gernon
    MD, Physician, VA Hospital & Former FSO, US Government

  • Kathleen Metzger
    Vice President, Southwest Neurosurgical Associates

  • Tim Price
    PNM Foundation

  • Lauren Tresp
    Publisher, The Magazine

  • Tonya Turner Carroll
    Co-owner, Turner Carroll Gallery

  • Dora Wang
    Author, Psychiatrist, Historian

ADVISORY BOARD:

  • Juan Abeyta, Education Director, Center of Southwest Culture
  • Michael Berman, Artist, Environmental Activist
  • David Campbell, Director, City of Albuquerque Planning Department
  • Mark Chavez, CEO, Lens
  • Andrew Connors, Director, Albuquerque Museum
  • Ray Dewey, Arts Supporter
  • Melinda Frame, Filmmaker, FRAME+WORK, LLC
  • Idris Goodwin, Playwright, Drector, Orator & Educator / Artistic Director, Stage One Family Theater, Louisville, KY
  • Tom Guralnick, Executive Director, Outpost Performance Space
  • Deborah Jojola, Artist
  • Jane Kennedy, Fundraising Consultant
  • Arif Khan, Director, UNM Art Museum
  • Diana K. McDonald, PhD, Art Historian
  • Brian McMath, Assistant Attorney General, NM Office of the Attorney General
  • Jenny McMath, Chief Operating Officer, Contract Associates
  • Elsa Menéndez, Performing Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Executive Artistic Core, Tricklock Company
  • Marla Painter, Community Organizer
  • Andrea Polli, Artist, Professor, UNM College of Fine Arts & School of Engineering
  • Henry Rael, Program Officer, McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, NC
  • Rick Rennie, Historic District Improvement Company
  • Augustine Romero, Artist, City of Albuquerque, KiMo Theatre & South Broadway Cultural Center
  • Sommer Smith, MediaDesk, Co-founder & Creative Director
  • Claire Stasiewicz, Adjunct Professor of International Management, UNM
  • Arturo Sandoval, President, VOCES, Inc. & Center of Southwest Culture
  • Rob Strell, Strell Design

Staff & Consultants

STAFF:

  • Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director
  • Claude Smith, Exhibitions & Fulcrum Fund Manager
  • Mackensie Lewis, Development Coordinator
  • Viola Arduini, Education & Outreach Coordinator

CONSULTANTS:

  • Joni Thompson, Bookkeeper
  • Jane Kennedy, Development Associate
  • Ian Jones, Preparator
  • Mandy Funchess, Schlenker & Cantwell, Auditor
  • Caroline Blaker, Petroglyph Creative, Web Presence