Ashman comes to CCA with a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the arts and government. Prior to his current position, Ashman helped create the legislation, with Rep. J. Paul Taylor, Gov. Bill Richardson and the New Mexico legislature, to elevate the Department of Cultural Affairs to a cabinet-level agency and served as its Secretary from 2003-2010. Prior to 2003, he served as director of the New Mexico Museum of Art and executive director of Santa Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
“We are thrilled that Stuart has agreed to serve as CCA’s executive director and we look forward to working with him as he leads the CCA to greater heights. Welcome home Stuart and Peggy,” CCA’s Board Chair Paul Hultin.
Ashman will assume leadership at a revitalized CCA, which during the past several years, completed extensive upgrades and renovations to its facilities, received support and recognition from the Warhol Foundation, the Sundance Institute, the Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, received a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (for Cinematheque Director, Jason Silverman) and has hosted, on an annual basis, more than 55,000 art and movie lovers. Its Board of Directors includes numerous civic leaders from the arts, film, and business communities. Founded in 1979, CCA works with more than 150 not-for-profit and educational partners, including the Santa Fe Public Schools.
The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is an arts and culture hub for northern New Mexico’s diverse communities. Founded in 1979, CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the American Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists. CCA draws more than 55,000 visitors annually for exhibitions, independent films, performances, and education/public programs.