Non-Profit Santa Fe Arts organization

Art that engages

Our collection of over 2,200 objects from around the world will engage you through hands-on experiences.

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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), the Coe Center has decided to close its space to visitors for two weeks, through March 30, 2020. 

We will re-evaluate the situation then to determine when we can welcome you, our visitors, back to the Coe.

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 communities being impacted most.

Wishing you all well,


Rachel de W. Wixom
President, Executive Director




Getting Involved

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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.

"How it was handed to me" The Caesar Family Legacy exhibition

Through March 31, 2020 The Coe Center is pleased to host an unparalleled jewelry exhibition How It Was Handed to Me: The Caesar Family Legacy, organized by Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole), This is the first exhibition to be mounted in Santa Fe that focuses on Plains jewelry created from nickel (or German) silver. Nickel silver is an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel and actually contains no silver – despite its name and appearance. It is widely used across Plains communities for dance regalia and for Native American Church ceremonies. Because it is lighter, brighter and more affordable, nickel silver is favored over sterling silver—which tarnishes easily when exposed to heat and moisture. Sadly, because of the purely functional element of this material, it has lead it to being often overlooked by outside collectors and institutions and deemed “less valuable.”

Adrian Wall: Mapping Our History, Projecting Our Future

Saturday, April 18 at 7 pm, The artist and musician Adrian Wall (Jemez Pueblo) will host a free evening public program at the Coe Center for the Arts.

After a week of intensive study of works of art from the Coe Collection, Wall will create a multimedia public program using Projection Mapping—projecting immersive 3D renderings of objects onto the Coe space. Wall will select artworks from different eras and regions, tying each object to the land and people to highlight current and historic threats through coded visual imagery and original musical movements for each object. “Mapping Our History, Projecting Our Future” will merge past and present art forms and technologies resulting in a complex vision of resilience through cultural production.

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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