Stuart Ashman, is a cultural ambassador who has worked in the arts for over 30 years. He was raised in Matanzas and Havana, Cuba before his family relocated to New York where he attended the City University of New York receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Fine Art. His additional studies include graduate work at the Rochester Institute of Technology and personal interactions on his photography with Minor White and Paul Caponigro. He was also selected to participate in the Getty’s Museum Leadership Institute.
He served as Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His previous experience includes postings as President and CEO of the Museum of Latin American Art; Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art; Executive Director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; and an appointment by the Governor as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. He also served as Expert Consultant for the United States Peace Corps, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. He has published numerous articles and exhibition catalogues and co-authored “Photography New Mexico” in 2009,“Abstract Art” in 2003 and “Harlistas Cubanos” in 2006.