Land Acknowledgement

The Tewa People, and the neighboring communities of Tiwa, Towa, Keres, Jicarilla Apache and Mescalero Apache, and Diné, have been committed to a reciprocal relationship with this land for generations. The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, located in this place, recognizes this history and celebrates O’Ga P’Ogeh Owingeh (White Shell Water Place) past, present, and future

Current Programs, Exhibitions, and Collaborations

Art that Engages
Our collection of over 2,500 objects from around the world enables a deeper appreciation of the value of cultures from all over the world…

First Friday @ the Coe Center
Current Exhibition: Looking Again

Friday, August 6th
1-4 PM

Swing by on Friday, August 6th between 1-4 PM and see why some folks have said this has been the best exhibition here at the Coe Center!

“This exhibition includes Indigenous art from North America and worldwide Indigenous cultures that share a commonality: use, materials, or aesthetics. Through asking questions such as: What does the media appear to be? Is it something worn or just a piece of art? Where was this piece made, and when? More details are found, and more for you to resonate with.

But, it takes looking again, again, and again.”

Conversations of Ourselves

Living Exhibition

He spent the first half of his life as a subsistence hunter, but after a debilitating airplane crash in 1953 left him unable to continue hunting, Kivetoruk Moses embarked on a second life as an artist.


A New Collaboration
Local Contexts

We are delighted to unveil a thrilling partnership between the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and Local Contexts, forged on a mutual dedication to honoring and safeguarding Indigenous cultural heritages. This collaborative partnership allows the Coe to integrate Local Contexts’ protocols that aid us in promoting reverence for Indigenous communities’ viewpoints and entitlements, nurturing a conscientious approach to cultural materials.

The Henry Luce Foundation Grant Award
Arts for Pilot Program involving the Coe Collection

The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts has received a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a pilot project aimed at revitalizing its Collection Management System. The pilot project will focus on making the database more culturally accurate and inclusive, reflecting multiple perspectives and communities represented within the collection. As part of the pilot program, the Coe Center will collaborate with living artists, relatives, and communities represented in the collection to gather culturally relevant information and narratives. This process will help to ensure that the collection accurately represents and respects Native American cultures and traditions. The Coe Center will facilitate meetings, on-site visits, and documentation through a digital archive process.