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Welcome to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art and culture worldwide, with a concentration in native peoples of North America.

Please visit us--it's FREE!
Every First Friday of the month, 1-4 pm, visit us for a behind the scenes experience of our collection of over 2,000 works of global indigenous art. Meet our staff and learn more about who we are and what we do.

OPEN HOURS: We are flexible, so whether is it a last minute spur- of-the-moment visit or planning far in advance--all are welcome, so please give us a call at (505) 983-6372 or email at We look forward to seeing you soon.


Our programs change frequently, so please check back soon or join our mailing list for program announcements.

CREATING SIDE-BY-SIDE with contemporary weaver Megann O'Brien February 17, 2017 5-6:30 pm.
Current IAIA Artist-in-Residence, Meghann O'Brien (Haida-Kwakwaka'wakw, Irish) will spend time exploring the Coe Foundation's extensive collection of global indigenous arts, finding points of connection and inspiration for her own artistic practice. Working hands-on with this encyclopedic collection, O'Brien will select work from the Coe collection to share in dialogue with her own artwork. For this public event O'Brien will present her own practice and creative sources, and engage the audience in considering the nature of creative acts and traditional process. For those interested in weaving, textiles, emerging artists, and the arts of the Northwest Coast this will be an incredible opportunity to learn directly from the artist about her own work.

Meghann O'Brien (b. 1982) is a Northwest Coast weaver, whose innovative approach to the traditional artforms of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven's Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles connects the artist to the rhythms and patterns of natural world, creating a continuity between herself and her ancestors. O'Brien, who left the world of professional snowboarding to work fulltime as a weaver in 2010, employs traditional materials such as hand-spun mountain goat wool and cedar bark in her meticulous weavings and baskets.

EXHIBITION AT OUR SPACE: A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts, through March 31, 2017.
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is pleased to present A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts.. This exhibition gathers exquisite carvings and prints from the collection of Richard and Joan Chodosh. Including works from some of the region's most influential artists, A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts, provides a unique occasion for the public to engage with arts rarely seen in New Mexico. Our hours are the first Friday of each month from 1-4 pm or by appointment. You can reach us via email at or by calling (505) 983-6372.

Now, online at Plains Ledger Art (PILA), you can see this amazing, but fragile Ralph T. Coe Foundation collection ledger drawing book. Created in the 1880's, the ledger book features striking images of courting scenes, soldiers, and Cheyenne warriors - many who are identified by name glyphs! This is certainly a book of artistic and historical significance.

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the Plains Indian Art Project for making this possible -- Thank you!

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Please donate now online, or checks can be mailed to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts 1590 B Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. We thank you very much for your support.

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