Art, as an act of gift-giving, is central to history and the ongoing stories of creative making in communities around the globe. Making something and offering it freely to another is a profound act of generosity and even sacrifice. Gifts come in many forms: a tiny clay dish crafted by a child made for a parent treasured as a marker of love and time for decades after; a gift created for a ceremony, celebration, or transition.

To emphasize the significance of the gift of art the Coe, alongside our incredible artist friends, Board Directors, and volunteers are creating a small act of “gifting”. We are calling this Postcards from the Coe. We will be creating a postcard, inspired by a work or works from the Coe collection, that will be mailed to a random recipient from the Coe mailing list. We encourage you to forward this to friends and family so they might be chosen at random.

We hope that these small gifts of art will provide light and hope in our precarious moment and serve as lasting reminders of the resilience of art. Sharing art now is one of the most powerful tools that we have. And receiving mail creates connection and meaning. We can even add supporting the Postal Service to the list, while we’re at it!

To sign up, please shoot an email to with your contact information.

The above postcard was created by the artist Vicente Telles—inspired by one of the vases in the Coe Collection.


This postcard was made by a Coe Board Director—it looks like she may have been inspired by the Navigation Chart in the Coe Collection. This chart dates to c. 1980 and is from the Marshall Islands.