Meow Wolf

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Coordinates: 35°39′16″N 105°59′48″W / 35.6543986°N 105.9966387°W / 35.6543986; -105.9966387

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Motto Trust First
Founder(s) Vince Kadlubek, Emily Montoya, Benji Geary, Matt King, Megan Burns
Established 2009
Mission To spread arts education in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Focus Art habitats
Location Siler and Rufina neighborhood, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the United States of America
Coordinates 35.6543986, -105.9966387
Address 1352 Rufina Circle

Meow Wolf is an art collective in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. The organization was founded in 2008.[citation needed]


Meow Wolf was formed in February 2008 by "a group of young residents hoping to supply Santa Fe with an alternative arts and music venue".[1] The group originally leased commercial spaces to hold gallery shows and music event, but switched to a decentralized model in 2010.[citation needed]

Art projects[edit]

Some of the more notable Santa Fe-based installations from the group include "Biome Neuro Norb" (2008) a Sci-Fi inspired installation,[2] "Auto Wolf" (2009) an installation centered around the destruction and reuse of a donated car,[3] "The Moon is to Live On", a multimedia theatrical play,[4] "Geodecadent I" and "Geodecadent II" (both 2010) a series of installations based on geodesic domes,[5][6] "The Due Return" (2011) an installation consisting of a 70-foot long ship with two levels, and filled with rooms and objects suggesting details of implied fictional inhabitant's lives.[7]

In 2011, Meow Wolf formed CHIMERA, a program focused on arts-education. In 2012, Chimera worked with nearly a thousand Santa Fe students to create "Omega Mart", a collaborative art installation in the form of a fictitious grocery store stocked with hand-made fake goods.[8][9] "Omega Mart" was deliberately placed away from Santa Fe's arts district to attract a more diverse audience.[10] In 2013, Chimera began working with the Albuquerque Museum's classroom mentorship program for gifted students to create another installation named "Project Dreamscape".[9]

Since 2011, Meow Wolf has built shows outside of Santa Fe, as well. "Glitteropolis" (2011), at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, used 50 pounds of glitter for the installation.[11] "Nucleotide" (2013) was a drippy pastel cave-like installation built by Meow Wolf artists in Chicago at the Thomas Robertello Gallery.[12] The majority of "Nucleotide" was conceived and built in Chicago over a 3-month period by 18 members of the collective.[13]

Art complex[edit]

In January 2015, author George R. R. Martin pledged $2.7 million to lease a vacant bowling alley to create a permanent facility for the group. This was supplemented by additional funding, including $50,000 from the city of Santa Fe and $100,000 from a crowd-funding campaign.[14][15][16] The Meow Wolf art complex opened March 17, 2016. Its main exhibit is "The House of Eternal Return", and the facility includes a makerspace and a children's area.[17][18]


Meow Wolf has also been involved in scheduling and promoting music shows at various Santa Fe venues.[19]

In 2012, Meow Wolf formed a political action committee under the name WolfPAC with the intent to support young adult perspective in Santa Fe.[20] The group circulated petitions for a city referendum in support of marijuana legalization, as well as related to music venues and Zozobra.[21][22]


  1. ^ "About". Meow Wolf. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biome Sweet Biome". The Santa Fe Reporter. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Photos, John (12 August 2009). "Unmade in the USA". The Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Charlotte, Mary (26 February 2010). "Santa Fe Radio Cafe". KSFR. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Meow Wolf". Visual Art Source. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Lenihan (Intern), Drew (12 June 2010). "Meow Wolf's Orb of Collective Wisdom...and Junk". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Sharpe, Tom (23 April 2011). "'Return' to fantasy: Art installation aboard ship promises spectacular interactive environment". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "OmegaMart". Meow Wolf. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Pleshaw, Gregory (14 March 2013). "Project Dreamscape: Ask & You Shall Receive". Weekly Alibi. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Meow Wolf Reveals Bag of Tricks". Black Rock Arts Foundation. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Irwin, Matthew (30 November 2011). "Team Wolf: Art collective Meow Wolf gets serious". The Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Eler, Alicia (17 September 2013). "A Psychedelic Cave Blooms in Chicago". Hyperallergic. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Dluzen, Robin. "Visual Art Source - Meow Wolf - "Nucleotide"". Visual Art Source. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Meow Wolf Art Complex ft. The House of Eternal Return". Kickstarter. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Monroe, Rachel (February 11, 2015). "How George RR Martin is helping stem Santa Fe's youth exodus". The Guardian. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ Jardrnak, Jackie (January 29, 2015). "Silva Lanes to be transformed to an explorable art space for kids and adults". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  17. ^ Horowitz-Ghazi, Alexi (March 27, 2016). "DIY Artists Paint The Town Strange, With Some Help From George R.R. Martin". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  18. ^ Newitz, Annalee (April 4, 2016). "Inside Meow Wolf, the amusement park for people who want a weirder Disneyland". Ars Technica. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ De Vore, Alex (22 February 2012). "Hungry Like the [Meow] Wolf". The Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  20. ^ WlfPAC - About WolfPAC (Official Tumblr page)
  21. ^ Grimm, Julie Ann (26 November 2012). "Artist collective Meow Wolf to push for legal pot". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  22. ^ Ghigliotty, Brandon (3 December 2012). "WolfPAC Howls for Change". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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