New Mexico Museum of Art

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New Mexico Museum of Art
Established 1917
Location Santa Fe, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°41′17″N 105°56′21″W / 35.6881°N 105.9392°W / 35.6881; -105.9392
Type art museum
Director Mary Kershaw
New Mexico Museum of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Arts), the oldest art museum in the state of New Mexico, is one of four state-run museums in Santa Fe. It is one of eight museums in the state operated by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Designed by Isaac Rapp and built in 1917,[1] it is an example of Pueblo Revival Style architecture,[2] and one of Santa Fe's best-known representations of the synthesis of Native American and Spanish Colonial design styles. The museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art place the art of the region into national and international contexts.

The museum located at 107 West Palace Avenue, one block off the historic Santa Fe Plaza.


The museum’s permanent collection includes works by Southwestern artists ranging from the members of the historic Taos and Santa Fe art colonies of the past hundred years to cutting-edge contemporary art from around the region and the world.[3] Highlights of the museum’s 20,000 works of art include extensive collections of the Cinco Pintores; the Taos Society of Artists; the largest collection of Gustave Baumann; the Lucy Lippard Collection;[4] major American photographers, including the Jane Reese Williams Collection of women photographers;[5] new media, including video installations; and an important collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.


The Museum of Art hosts changing exhibitions featuring artists of New Mexico and the Southwest. The shows range from traditional art to contemporary lithographs and photographs. The museum also attracts traveling exhibitions with international scope, such as 2013's Renaissance to Goya : Prints and Drawings from Spain [6][7]

St. Francis Auditorium[edit]

The St. Francis Auditorium, located in the New Mexico Museum of Art, is the venue for various cultural and musical organizations, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Community Orchestra. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 450.[8]


  1. ^ Sheppard, Carl D., Creator of the Santa Fe Style: Isaac Hamilton Rapp, Architect, University of New Mexico Press, 1988 pp 83-88
  2. ^ Wilson, Chris (1997). The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0826317464. 
  3. ^ Museum of New Mexico, Handbook of the Collections 1917-1974 Museum of Fine Arts
  4. ^ "Special Collections". 
  5. ^ To Collect the Art of Women: The Jane Reese Williams Photography Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, 1991
  6. ^ "Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain". New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Fromme, Babbette Brandt. Curator's Choice Western Edition ISBN 0517542005
  8. ^ A Report on the Cultural and Arts Survey of New Mexico. New Mexico Arts Commission. 1966. p. 60. 

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