Erin Elder returned to Albuquerque as the Tamarind Institute's gallery director. She lived here 2002-05, when she worked with arts organizations including Magnifico Arts, Richard Levy Gallery and the Harwood Art Center. "I always had a feeling I'd be back," said Elder, who left Albuquerque to attend graduate school at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she earned a Master of Arts in curatorial practice.

"I'm excited to be part of a university environment where thinking and innovation are part of the program," said Elder, who hails from a background of independent and experimental curatorial projects. Elder has produced projects with institutions including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Wurttembergischer Kunstverein, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Creative Time, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and University of Houston. Earlier this year, she curated "Worlds Outside This One," an exhibition about utopian self-determination at 516 Arts in downtown Albuquerque.

In 2009, Elder co-founded an artist residency program near Taos, N.M., called PLAND: Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation. As an off-the-grid outpost, PLAND brings artists and student groups from around the world to experience alternative living and sustainable building in the context of wild, open space. "I love working with artists and am passionate about supporting the production of fresh ideas and new work. I appreciate Tamarind's impressive legacy of supporting artists for more than 50 years."

During the fall, Elder traveled with Master Printer Bill Lagattuta, and long-time Director Marjorie Devon to the International Fine Art Print Dealers Association print fair in New York City.  There, she helped make record-breaking sales. "What can I say, we make great work at Tamarind," she said.