Left to Right: Sheetal Prajapati, Leticia Gutierrez, Erica Nguyen, Jenna Madison Wixson

Lohar Projects is an arts and culture agency founded in 2019 by Sheetal Prajapati. The agency offers advising and consulting services for artists, arts professionals, creative public projects, and cultural organizations to meet their potential and thrive in community.

We work with arts and cultural organizations to lead vision and strategy planning, develop public engagement initiatives, and support growth or change.  Based in Santa Fe, NM, Lohar Projects works with artists and clients across the country and beyond and is proud to bring on two team members for 2024 for current and upcoming projects!   


Sheetal Prajapati, Principal & Founder

Sheetal is an arts professional with over 20 years of experience in the creative and cultural sectors. Prior to launching Lohar Projects in 2019, Sheetal spent 16 years working in art education and public engagement roles at the The Museum of Modern Art and Pioneer Works in New York as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University (Illinois). 

Over her career, Sheetal also spends time with creative people at all stages in their careers as a mentor, advisor, and professor.  She regularly give talks and workshops and works across the field in a range of capacities. You can learn more about her experience and broader practice at sheetalprajapati.com.

Trained as an arts administrator and practicing as an educator and artist, Sheetal brings both a creative and strategic approach to  Lohar Projects’ work with a focus on fostering a collaborative process for growth. 

Leticia Gutierrez, Assistant Director

Leticia Gutierrez is an arts professional with a diverse background encompassing arts production, curation, writing, and education. Originally from Mexico City, she holds a Master's in Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and completed her Bachelor's degrees in Art History at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Specializing in producing exhibitions, developing public programs, and leading innovative projects in collaboration with artists and cultural institutions, Leticia is dedicated to advancing the realm of cultural activism through interdisciplinary initiatives. With a history that includes roles at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) in New York, as well as the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Casa del Lago, and Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, Leticia operates from her base in New York, where she continues to contribute to the arts scene.

Erica Nguyen, Archivist

Erica Nguyen's interdisciplinary studies at UC Berkeley combined Ethnographic Film and Sociolinguistics. As a grassroots documentary filmmaker and Vietnamese-American, she is motivated to collaborate through mutual self study. Since 2012 Erica has developed audiovisual art programs for her communities- participating in Peruvian documentary activism, archiving Pueblo traditional skills and more. She completed the Peruvian feature documentary Shadow Weavers 2020, which was awarded Best NM Documentary Feature at SFiFF. At Her Fingertips was nominated Best Documentary at PSIFF. She is a PCGI certified rock climbing instructor and outdoor behavioral health facilitator since 2017, with a community Acu-detox  harm reduction practice.

Jenna Madison Wixson, Project Consultant

Jenna Madison Wixson is a museum education veteran with over twenty years of experience creating accessible interpretive resources and dynamic artist-centered public programs. Inspired by the power of art to inspire and connect to communities, cultures, and histories, she has spent her career developing inclusive learning initiatives and programming for audiences of all ages, backgrounds, levels of knowledge, and abilities. She holds an M.A. in Art History and has worked in museums of varying scopes and sizes, including the High Museum of Art, The Denver Art Museum, MoMA, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. An educator at heart, she also teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes in art history and museum studies.