New Mexico Museum of Art

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New Mexico Museum of Art
Newmexico museumofart.jpg
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

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.


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

Art Collection[edit]

The museum’s permanent collection includes over 20,000 works[3] by 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.[4] Notable collections include works by the Cinco Pintores, the Taos Society of Artists, Gustave Baumann, the Transcendental Painting Group, fine art photography,[5] contemporary Native American artists such as Fritz Scholder, T. C. Cannon, Bob Haozous and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith,[6] art of the New Deal, new media, including video installations; two sculpture gardens and an important collection of Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.

St. Francis Auditorium


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.[7] The museum also attracts traveling exhibitions with international scope.

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] The auditorium displays several murals depicting St. Francis of Assisi which were originally designed by Donald Beauregard and completed by Carlos Vierra and Kenneth Chapman.[9]


The museum library contains art books, periodicals, biographical files of artists represented in the permanent collection and catalogs of exhibitions since 1917.[10]


  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. ^ "Searchable Art Museum". New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Museum of New Mexico, Handbook of the Collections 1917-1974 Museum of Fine Arts
  5. ^ Coke, Van Deren (1979). Photography in New Mexico : From the Daguerreotype to the Present. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico. p. 45. ISBN 0826304958. 
  6. ^ Jaques, Susan (2012). A Love for the Beautiful : Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press. p. 187. ISBN 9780762779505. 
  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. 
  9. ^ Sheppard, Carl (1989). The Saint Francis Murals of Santa Fe : The Commission and the Artists. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Sunstone Press. ISBN 0865341370. 
  10. ^ Fromme, Babette Brandt (1981). Curator's Choice : An Introduction to the Art Museums of the U.S. New York: Crown Publishers. p. 97. ISBN 0517542005. 

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