Art that Engages

Explore a selection of artworks from the Coe Collection on our website. For a more immersive experience, we invite you to visit us in person and discover over 2,500 culturally diverse pieces from around the world.

Please note, due to the Coe Center’s Restructuring Project, collection visits are available only until December 20, 2024.

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.

Restructuring Program: Request for Proposals in Rehoming the Coe Collection

The Coe Center is community-driven, having over the years initiated renowned and innovative programs, including the Hands-On Curatorial Program, collaborations, partnering, events, and exhibitions. With over 2,500 objects representing worldwide Indigenous cultures, its core encompasses the span of historic to contemporary North American artworks. Ralph T. Coe knew and understood the collection to be living, and he believed in connecting art with community. The Coe Center is actively seeking proposals with the deadline of September 9, 2024, aiming to gift the expansive collection to other communities/ institutions, all in the spirit of continued service.

Explore our current and recent
Programs, Exhibitions, and Collaborations

Hands-On Curatorial – Reflections on Movement
Exhibition Opens on May 17


Join us for Reflections on Movement at the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 5:30 pm. This exhibition showcases diverse objects with rich histories, reflecting the interconnectedness of cultures and the movement of goods and ideas. Curated by a team of local high school students, the exhibit challenges traditional notions of museum art works and celebrates inclusivity in artistic spaces.


Native American Collections Digital Resource Pilot Project
Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, through December 31, 2024


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.

Working with Local Contexts
A new initiative, ongoing


We are delighted to unveil a new initiative where the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is actively engaging with Local Contexts. Forged on a mutual dedication to honoring and safeguarding Indigenous cultural heritages, the Coe is working with Local Contexts to integrate their protocols to aid in promoting reverence for Indigenous communities’ viewpoints and entitlements, nurturing a conscientious approach to cultural materials.

Stories Within
December 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024


Pottery is pancultural. Its history is ancient. Each piece tells a story.

Worldwide, Indigenous cultures use pottery for similar purposes. Early artisans created utilitarian wares to store grain and liquids. Likewise, some ancient potters had the privilege of making pottery for ceremonies. Others made it for its unique artistic aesthetics. These purposes have not changed; potters still create for storage, ceremony, and art. What stories do these pieces hold in the voids between clay walls?


Meet the Next Wave of Indigenous Curators
Held on August 18, 2023 at the Coe


We were thrilled to have hosted an enlightening roundtable discussion cohosted by the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and First American Art Magazine. During this event, we delved into the dynamic world of art curation through a Native American lens. Please watch the captivating conversation as Moderator America Meredith, a distinguished member of the Cherokee Nation and an Independent Curator based in Norman, OK,  skillfully guides an engaging conversation with a panel of accomplished Native American curators who have played a pivotal role in reshaping the landscape of art curation.


Conversations of Ourselves
A Living Exhibition
, an online experience


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.