About the Founder

STEMarts LAB was founded by new media artist Agnes Chavez as a Research and Innovation platform for sci-art explorations applied to art and education (social practice). Agnes Chavez is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and developer of the Sube Teach language thru Art, Music and Games program, now in its 20th year and serving over half a million children. In 2009 she founded the STEMArts Lab which partners with new media artists and schools to research and develop 21st century tools and learning opportunities as part of new media art festivals, school programs and community events. She has developed art-based curricula and STEAM programs for Scholastic, 516 Arts and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  She collaborated with Anita McKeown in 2012 to create an online curriculum tool around the ISEA2012 electronic arts festival in 2012. She has been Co-Director of The PASEO outdoor participatory art festival in Taos New Mexico since 2014, and designs and manages the STEMarts youth program for the festival. In 2016 she was hired as STEAM coordinator for the Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA) where she designs programming for the STEAM Lab@TISA. She has won numerous awards for her sci-art projects including the renowned “Educational Innovation in the Americas” (INELAM) award in 2006, and the New Mexico Women in Technology Award in 2011.

In her art, Chavez experiments with data visualization, sound and projection art to create participatory experiences that explore our relationship with nature and technology. In 2015 she was invited to the Havana Biennial to present the installation Origination Point, along with the STEMarts youth workshop, Projecting Particles. The opening was attended by Senator Tom Udall and a delegation of five US senators to support the US-Cuba relations. Her services include participatory art installations, program design and coordination, consulting and lectures to inspire and inform on sci-art and STEAM initiatives.


2017  Why and How are Art and Science Segregated, Invited panelist, Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM

2016  NEA Convening, Creativity Connects, Invited panelist, Washington DC

2016  Women as Game Changers, Invited panelist, Santa Fe, NM

2016  K-12 Educators Workshop: ESL Games for 21st Century Brains, Latin American Iberian Institute, Albuquerque, NM

2015  CERN Library. Projecting Particles presentation, Geneva, Switzerland


2012   New Mexico Women in Technology Award, Albuquerque, NM

2007   Ms. Foundation Grant Award $2500

2007  Kids First! Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Endorsement, Sing, Watch, Learn Spanish DVD

2008  Prospering Business Award, NMSBDC Network (New Mexico Small Business Development)

2006  INELAM Awards: Educational Portal of the Americas: For the initiative Digital Storytelling Empowerment Through Personal    Expression, INEAM (Institute of Advanced Studies of the organization of American States)

2005  Entrepreneur of the Year, PNM/Wesst Corp

2005  New Mexico Enterprise Development Recognition Award

2004  Ana Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund award, LatinaStyle/Wells Fargo

Contact: Agnes Chavez, learn@sube.com | http://www.agneschavez.com



2016: Harwood Museum of Art, One-person immersive installation, Origination Point, Taos, NM

2015: 12th Havana Biennial, Origination Point installation and youth workshop, Havana Cuba

2014: The Paseo Art Festival, (x)trees projection, Taos, NM

2012: Albuquerque Museum of Art: ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness: Invited, NM