SANTA FE – Former UNM regent and Hispano Chamber of Commerce CEO Alex Romero has been named acting director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the group that stages the annual Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza and runs the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
Board president Joel Goldfrank said Romero has been working as a business consultant for the past several months as then-acting director and chief curator Josef Diaz refocused on curatorial matters. Diaz had assumed the society’s interim director role after executive director David Setford left in February 2018.
On Monday, the nonprofit’s board gave Romero the official acting director title after Diaz left his position to deal with a personal matter.
Romero is on contract until the end of the year. He and recently appointed chief operating officer Barbara Schwarz will oversee the business side of things, he said.
“I was drafted to come here and help, and I agreed to do so back in February,” Romero told the Journal. “And I didn’t realize at the time that it would turn out to be longer than I expected, but I’m here and obviously committed. We have some important stuff coming up here with summer market.”
Spanish Market takes place July 27-28. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society also organizes the Winter Spanish Market in Albuquerque.