New Mexico Museum of Art

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New Mexico Museum of Art
Former name
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery[1]
LocationSanta Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Coordinates35°41′17″N 105°56′21″W / 35.6881°N 105.9392°W / 35.6881; -105.9392
TypeArt museum

The New Mexico Museum of Art is an art museum in Santa Fe governed by the state of New Mexico. It is one of four state-run museums in Santa Fe that are part of the Museum of New Mexico. It is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, one block off the historic Santa Fe Plaza. It was given its current name in 2007, having previously been referred to as The Museum of Fine Arts.[2]


The building was designed by architect Isaac Rapp and completed in 1917.[3] It is an example of Pueblo Revival Style architecture,[4] and one of Santa Fe's best-known representations of the synthesis of Native American and Spanish Colonial design styles. The façade was based on the mission churches of Acoma, San Felipe, Cochiti, Laguna, Santa Ana and Pecos.[5]


The museum’s art collection includes over 20,000 paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings and mixed-media works. Notable artists in the collection include Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Brian O'Connor, Georgia O'Keeffe, Fritz Scholder, T. C. Cannon, Bruce Nauman, Luis Jimenez, Maria Martinez, members of the Ashcan School, Los Cinco Pintores, Transcendental Painting Group, and the Taos Society of Artists.[6]


St. Francis Auditorium[edit]

St. Francis Auditorium

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.[7] The auditorium displays several murals depicting St. Francis of Assisi which were originally designed by Donald Beauregard and completed by Carlos Vierra and Kenneth M. Chapman.[8]


The museum library contains art books, periodicals, biographical files of artists whose work is collected by the museum and catalogs of the museum's exhibitions since 1917.[9]

Vladem Contemporary[edit]

The New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary.
Vladem Contemporary, view from Garfield.

The Vladem Contemporary Annex of the New Mexico Museum of Art is scheduled to open in September 2023. The annex will house the New Mexico Museum of Art's contemporary collections and shows.[10][11] The renovation project is an adaptive reuse of the 1936 Charles Ilfeld Warehouse (repurposed and renamed as the State of New Mexico's Joseph F Halpin Records Building). The annex is named for philanthropists Bob and Ellen Vladem.[12][13][14]



  1. ^ Project, Federal Writers' (2013-10-31). The WPA Guide to New Mexico: The Colorful State. Trinity University Press. pp. 198–199. ISBN 978-1-59534-229-4.
  2. ^ "Section 18-3-12 NMSA 1978". NMOneSource. New Mexico Compilation Commission. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Sheppard (1988), pp. 83–88.
  4. ^ Wilson (1997), p. [page needed].
  5. ^ "The New Museum of Santa Fé". The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. 13 (8): 181–182. August 1918. doi:10.2307/3253686. JSTOR 3253686.
  6. ^ Jaques (2012), pp. 186–187.
  7. ^ A Report on the Cultural and Arts Survey of New Mexico. New Mexico Arts Commission. 1966. p. 60.
  8. ^ Sheppard (1989), p. [page needed].
  9. ^ Fromme (1981), p. 97.
  10. ^ "Vladem Contemporary". New Mexico Museum of Art. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  11. ^ "New Mexico Museum of Art Announces September Opening of Vladem Contemporary". Hyperallergic. 2023-08-15. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  12. ^ Vitu, Teya (2021-02-02). "Vladem Contemporary construction begins this week". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  13. ^ De Vore, Alex (2023-06-21). "Five New Things We Know About Vladem Contemporary". Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  14. ^ Stiny, Andy (2018-03-24). "Philanthropists making mark on Santa Fe". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2023-08-28.

Works cited[edit]

  • Fromme, Babette Brandt (1981). Curator's Choice: An Introduction to the Art Museums of the U.S.. New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0517542005.
  • Jaques, Susan (2012). A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums. Guilford, Connecticut: Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 978-0762779505.
  • Sheppard, Carl D. (1988). Creator of the Santa Fe Style: Isaac Hamilton Rapp, Architect. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0826310255.
  • Sheppard, Carl (1989). The Saint Francis Murals of Santa Fe: The Commission and the Artists. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Sunstone Press. ISBN 0865341370.
  • Wilson, Chris (1997). The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 0826317464.

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