President’s Circle

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The President’s Circle is a group of philanthropic individuals who give generously to support SAR’s mission and programs, helping foster innovative social science and Native American creativity.

Through a diverse schedule of private events, President’s Circle donors are able to deepen their own knowledge and become more engaged with others who share their interests. Your participation offers the rare and enriching experience of interacting with resident scholars, artists, and researchers from around the country and the globe.

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For more information about the President’s Circle, please contact Laura Sullivan, Director of Development, at sullivan[at]sarsf.org or by calling (505) 954-7238.



Upcoming President’s Circle Events
JoAnn and Bob BalzerCollections of Distinction Tour
At the Home of JoAnn and Bob Balzer
Tuesday, July 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
$75 per person, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres ($60 is tax-deductible)
Transportation to the Balzer residence will be via shuttles from SAR.
The Balzer Collection of contemporary Native American art is one of the most important of its kind, so much so that JoAnn and Bob were recognized in Arts & Antiques Magazine in 2002 as one of America’s Top 100 collectors. Representing decades of passionate collecting of outstanding works, their impressive collection captures the essence of contemporary Native American art, including work by artist fellows from SAR. The Balzers are also ardent supporters of Native arts, underwriting the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Indian Market’s new EDGE contemporary component. This private collection tour, with wine and hors d'oeuvres, will offer the chance to experience the Balzer collection brought to life with their stories of collecting and living with their art.

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Generously hosted by JoAnn and Bob Balzer


Acoma PuebloField Trip to San Estevan Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo
Saturday-Sunday, September 2-3
Open to President’s Circle Members, SAR Board of Directors, and Special Guests
$595 per person, includes $50 donation to SAR, $50 additional for single supplement, includes transportation, meals, hotel (1 night)
Experience living history and observe a celebration rooted in a complex past and a process of adaptation. The annual feast day of San Esteban is a rare opportunity to witness first-hand the integration of Catholicism into the indigenous and cultural life way of the Acoma people. The pueblo, situated atop a mesa rising nearly 400 feet above the valley floor, has been home to the Acoma people since the twelfth century. Join Brian Vallo, director of the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR, for a special experience including a traditional feast day meal at his family’s home. On the day following the feast, Brian will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haakú Museum, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the preservation of Acoma history, arts, and culture.



Past President’s Circle Events
Wes CowanAn Evening with Wes Cowan
An Event in Honor of SAR's 110th Anniversary
Friday, June 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
$500 per couple or $250 per person ($200 is tax-deductible)
Wes Cowan, anthropologist, auctioneer and appraiser, popularly known as a mainstay of the PBS program History Detectives and a featured guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow, will join members of the President’s Circle and special guests for a premier evening of enlightened conversation. Wes will discuss with you the art market today, suggestions on what you should do with your collections, what to do if you are thinking about downsizing, or how to determine the value of your art. Cocktails and dinner graciously hosted by David Lamb at the historic eastside estate of La Morada neighboring SAR.

On Saturday, June 24, join us for "What’s Your Treasure Worth?" from 12:00-5:00 p.m. $25 per person for up to three items. Bring your treasures-including American Indian art, fine and decorative art, autographs and manuscripts, books, maps, and other historical items, as well as fine jewelry and time pieces-for a verbal estimate with Cowan’s team from Cincinnati (no stamps, firearms, coins, or large pieces of furniture please). Verbal estimates of value will be provided for up to three items. All proceeds will benefit SAR.

Cowan owns Cowan's Auctions, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is one of the leading auction houses in the country, and has been named by Blouin Art Info as one of the top 150 auction houses in the world.

Doug PrestonThey Came to Wither the Flowers: The Abandonment of Ancient Mosquitia
An Evening with Douglas Preston
Thursday, May 11, 2017 5:30-7:00 p.m.
At Rio Chama, 415 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President's Circle members
Douglas Preston, author of bestselling thrillers, as well as nonfiction books and magazine ar ticles, returns for an intimate evening exclusively for SAR President’s Circle and board members. Doug accompanied a recent quest to find a mysterious metropolis long hidden in the Honduran hinterlands, where poisonous snakes, infectious insects, and jaguars lurk. He will share personal stories from his New York Times bestselling book, The Lost City of the Monkey God, as well as discoveries made since his initial visit. He plans to focus on the excavation of the cache and what it suggests about the collapse and abandonment of the city.

Generously sponsored by Gerald Peters and Santa Fe Dining, Inc.

President's Circle Event: A Mayan EveningA Festive Mayan EveningDecember 8, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President's Circle members and guests
Join us for a festive Mayan Evening. Enjoy chocolate elixirs by Kakawa Chocolate House, Meso-American inspired cuisine, and Latin music by Ronaldo Baca. Hear from Dr. Patricia Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology) on the History of Chocolate in the Americas, and SAR’s deep history on the research about the Mayan civilization. Wear your huipiles or other Latin American inspired dress. Chocolate generously donated by Kakawa Chocolate House.

IARCGarden Party at the Indian Arts Research CenterThursday, June 16, 2016, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President's Circle members and guests
Enjoy an early evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with fellow board and circle members and guests while enjoying traditional flute music by Adrian Wall and indigenous-based foods by Red Mesa Cuisine. Former SAR artist fellow Adrian Wall (2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow) and his sister Kathleen Wall (2016 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow) will be joining the festivities to talk about the impact of the SAR experience on their lives and careers. Learn about the pivotal role that the IARC has played through a behind-the-scenes tour led by Brian Vallo, director of IARC. The tour will focus on specially selected pieces from the collection that exemplify the collaborative relationships that IARC has established with the pueblos of Zuni and Acoma.
SandroniCollections of Distinction TourHome of Bob and Lora Sandroni
Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$75 per person
View one of the most significant collections of American Indian art, primarily Plains and Plateau beadwork from the late 1800s and early 1900s, housed in a beautifully restored adobe carriage house and chicken coop. Bob collects with a discerning eye and educates himself on his acquisitions. Once purchased, the pieces find their home under the direction of international designer Kris Lajeskie with stunning results. Sandroni’s homes have been featured in several magazines including The Santa Fean, Cowboys and Indians, Western Art and Architecture, and Western Art Collector. They have opened their homes in Santa Fe and San Diego to a variety of different groups from art groups to museum professionals. This will give President's Circle members and guests a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing collection. Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in their beautiful garden. Generously hosted by Bob and Lora Sandroni.
Arroyo Hondo Pueblo renderingField Trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo SiteDouglas W. Schwartz, SAR President Emeritus, Senior Scholar
Thursday, May 19, 2016, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo, located minutes from what is now downtown Santa Fe, grew from a 100-room compound to the impressive 1,000-room Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Rapid growth, a period of severe climate change, and regional violence caused the Pueblo’s demise a mere 125 years later. This field trip will explore a spectacular and varied environment, including the layout and growth of farmland near the Pueblo, Pueblo life in the fourteenth century, the crises faced by the inhabitants, and how the Pueblo finally became a ruin. Schwartz will describe how he approached the excavation and exploration of the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, including unique stories about its development and ultimate demise. Includes pre-trip presentation in the SAR boardroom, lunch, and trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo site.
Celebrate! The Parties of El DelirioWinter White PartyDecember 3, 2015This year, we honor you as members of the President’s Circle with an engaging theme recalling the White sisters and their generous bequest to SAR of their glorious estate, El Delirio. Join us in your best Winter Whites as we celebrate White sisters style with music, libations, and lively conversation. Enjoy chamber music, white hors d’oeuvres, white cocktails and white décor. Hear from Michael F. Brown, SAR President; Nancy Owens Lewis, Scholar-in-Residence and co-author of A Peculiar Alchemy; and resident scholar, Susan McKinnon about her current research on cousin marriage. Please feel free to bring a friend to introduce to the President’s Circle and activities of SAR. 4:00PM to 7:00PM, presentation at 5:00PM.
Cottonwoods on the SAR CampusPresident's ReceptionMarch 26, 2015Please join us for a special reception before our membership lecture. Come meet SAR President Michael F. Brown in a casual and fun setting.
Fire in the SkySan Ildefonso Pueblo tour and hike with Joseph Aguilar, 2014/2015 Katrin H. Lamon Resident ScholarApril 2015Join current resident scholar Joseph Aguilar for a guided tour of San Ildefonso Pueblo and a hike around Tsankawi, a section in Bandelier National Monument; the group will have lunch in a Pueblo member’s home with a lunchtime discussion about Joseph’s research and how Tsankawi informs his work. Lunch is followed by a short tour around the village and the trip ends with a pottery demonstration and talk.
Kiva Fireplace in the Hewett ResidenceDecember Fireside Chat with Michael Brown and Ehren Kee NatayDecember 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.President Michael Brown will discuss his vision for SAR’s future and 2014 King Native Artist Fellow Ehren Kee Natay will showcase his SAR project — imagery that portrays the lunchtime feeding at a Pueblo feast day.
SAR and the Santa Fe Opera, 2011SAR and the Santa Fe OperaWednesday, July 2, 2014, $200 per personWhat makes Bizet’s Carmen the world’s most famous opera? The answer is simple. It sizzles! Rory Macdonald conducts the archetypal love story tailored specifically for the Santa Fe Opera—an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. In perhaps a first for the Santa Fe Opera, most of the cast for this new production is also new to the SFO and come from all over the world, as do members of the creative team. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (Argentina) sings the title role. Tenor Roberto De Biasio (Sicily) sings the role of Don José. The role of the swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas (Lithuania). Conductor Rory Macdonald (Scotland) and director Stephen Lawless (England) add to the international mix.
Witter Bynner EstateWitter Bynner Estate TourMonday, March 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.Located at the corner of East Buena Vista and Old Santa Fe Trail, this historic jewel was the home of poet and essayist Witter Bynner. He moved to Santa Fe in 1922, where he and his partner, Robert Hunt, entertained such well-known artists and literary figures as Thornton Wilder, D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Igor Stravinsky, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and many more. The original “bones” of the house date to the 1830s. Currently run as the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, your tour of this significant property will be led by owners Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. Lunch after at Amaya at the Hotel Santa Fe.
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