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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.


Opening evening May 12, 5 to 7 pm (through July 7)

The Mirror Effect: Reflections Upon Our Realities is centered around a relationship between art and viewer. When someone sees an object a connection is made to their own life. Some connections are drawn from the object because of the story it tells, while others are inspired by the piece's beauty or, perhaps, it may come from a person's culture, a cherished memory, or passion. The object sits on a pedestal, capturing the eyes of everyone passing by, telling the story and history of the artist. The story may be different than what the artist wanted to convey, but the object resonates with the viewer, adding new perspectives and experiences.

We all found a part of ourselves in each object, and the exhibition conveys how we connected with them. We made connections with the objects at first glance, some came from our history classes at school, while others were from our personal lives. We visited institutions that helped us form ways to deliver these views. Each of our interpretations are different because we come from diverse backgrounds, but they have more importance to us and the viewer because they are personal.
--2017 Hands-On Curators

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts' Hands-On Curatorial Program is in its third year working with high school students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics (ATC) and the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). The program provides an opportunity for students to work hands-on with the Coe collection of over 2,000 works of indigenous art from around the world. Through museum visits and weekly sessions, the curators learn how to create their own exhibition by selecting objects, researching and drafting wall texts, writing the press release, designing graphics and the exhibition layout, as well as creating their own limited-run curator designed t-shirts in collaboration with Warehouse 21. The participants build their own exhibition from the ground up.

August 15, 2017, 5 pm Catch-22: Paradox and Paper opens

Please stay tuned for more information

August 17, 2017, 11 am to 4:30 pm Growing Thunder Family Open House

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

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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