Non-Profit Santa Fe Arts organization

Art that engages

Our collection of over 2,300 objects from around the world will engage you through hands-on experiences.

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Getting Involved

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Dear Friends of the Coe Center,

Above all else, we value the health and well-being of our staff, visitors, and community and so with the potential increased risk and quickly changing nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), therefore the Coe Center has decided to close its space to visitors for the moment.

Even so, we are continuing to bring the collection to you through our online programs. Peruse through the website; sign up for our Eletter, The Virtual Coe to learn more, and become engaged with the Coe collection.

Thank you again for your on-going support, as well as for heeding the protective/preemptive advice of hand-washing, personal distancing, and any other precautions we can take as individuals. Our hearts go out to all, especially those individuals and communities being impacted most.

Wishing you all well,
Rachel de W. Wixom
President, Executive Director

Programs for All Ages

We use our collection as the catalyst for hands-on educational experiences and enrichment. 

Making a Donation

You can make a difference with a tax-deductible donation. And, don’t forget us in your wills and trusts.

Collection Spotlight

In partnership with First American Art Magazine, is an interactive, online discussion that brings together diverse scholars and Native artists who select artworks from the Coe’s collection to interpret and discuss. The virtual Zoom format brings together attendees from diverse regions, and the artist can take audience questions at the end. These events are free and open to the general public.

The next Spotlight is February 16, 2021, at 3 pm MST.

Support the Coe with artist Will Wilson

Will Wilson (Diné/Irish, Welsh) is known for his monumental installations within museum settings, he rarely creates smaller photographic prints in his larger production runs. Madrienne Salgado is being offered in an 11 x 15 in. size in a set limited edition of 50. They are printed and matted using archival materials, and each is hand-signed and numbered. To learn more click now.

You can join Will in supporting the Coe by purchasing one today.

Hands-On Student website it live!

Explore the student-created 2020 Hands-On Curator’s online exhibition (I’m Nostalgic For) Memories I’ve Never Lived Before.

This project is the culmination of nearly a year of collaborative efforts by our student curators. It perfectly captures not only their own creative vision but much of our collective experiences in the face of a world dominated by COVID-19.

If you know a teenager who might be interested in participating in the Hands-On Student Curatorial Program, please reach out to Bess Murphy ( or 505-983-6372) for more information.

Visit the Coe collection

You never know what will catch your eye (and your heart) as you experience our open collections

The Virtual Coe Eletter

We can be together by being apart via The Virtual Coe. Check out the latest issue now.
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What We Do

Grassroots Organizing

We work at the grassroots, serving as a catalyst for change that will evolve and expand through the years.

Community Partners

We partner with other arts groups, schools, and community organizations so we can serve more people in more ways.

Supporting Artists

We engage with artists to give full rein to their creativity, without constraints, encouraging them to engage audiences with their unique voices.

Educating Young People

We work with young people to open their eyes to their own inherent abilities and their powerful heritages. And our Hands-On Student Curators and fellows learn skills they can use throughout their lives in any endeavor.

Get Involved

You can volunteer, make a donation, or sponsor a community experience. And, we welcome your ideas!

“When you hold a thing you’re there in the moment, of how it was used and how it was made.”

Oscar Loya

Student Curator

“I revisit and bear constantly in mind the objects of my collection to gain new insights. They are not trophies but instruments of passion, with the power to unexpectedly reveal mysteries.”

Ralph T. Coe