Taos Art Museum

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The Taos Art Museum is located in the former house of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, his wife Alexandra and daughter Eya. The museum's primary aims are to improve awareness of the works and patronage of Taos artists and to nurture local artistic development. With many of the works of the Taos Society of Artists held by museums outside of New Mexico, they intend to "Bring Taos art back to Taos." A $5 million project will expand the museum's space for exhibition of work and museum programs.


Aside from making art by local artists accessible, the goal of the Taos Art Museum is to nurture the creation and exhibition of works by local artists. The foundation of the museum collection are early 20th-century paintings by the Taos Society of Artists. Nearly all the Taos Society of Arts members and associate members are represented in the museum.[1]

The collection includes approximately 300 paintings, drawings, and prints by the Taos Society of Artists founders and other Taos artists.[1]


The Taos Art Museum opened in 1994.[1] After the death of Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin, Eya Fechin inherited the house and founded the art museum in her father's memory. In 2002, after her death, the house passed to Eya's daughter and son-in-law who sold it to a foundation.[2]

Upon acquiring the Fechin property, the foundation renovated the house and studio, landscape the grounds, installed security and track lighting systems, treated the windows to eliminate harmful ultra-violet rays, and restored the building. Recognizing that much of the artwork of Taos artists was displayed in museums outside of Taos, the museum adopted the slogan "Bring Taos art back to Taos."[1]

The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1979.[2]


A $5 million project is underway to expand the facility for space for additional gallery exhibition and museum programs, such as art classes, seasonal contemporary art exhibits, and hands-on activities for children.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "About". Taos Art Museum. Taos Art Museum. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b Hunt, D. "Nicolai Fechin's Portraits from Life (reprinted at Taos Art Museum website with permission from American Art Review)". Retrieved 2011-05-29" American Art Review, Vol. XVI No. 2 March–April 2004, pp. 122-129 

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