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Welcome to the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art through its programs, exhibitions, and individual study. The Coe emphasizes hands-on experience, learning through actively engaging art—the collection you can touch. The Coe’s collection represents worldwide indigenous cultures, with its core encompassing the span of historic to contemporary North American Native works.


Unless otherwise noted, all programs will take place at the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, 1590 B Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87508.

Opened Saturday, April 14, 2018
Humor is the Best Medicine: Salve for Sore Nerves: a Creating Side-By-Side Program with Teri Greeves and Ken Williams. Exhibition up through May 1, 2018.
The Coe Center is hosting Teri Greeves and Ken Williams in a Creating Side-By-Side artist residency, which culminated in a public opening April 14 for their jointly curated mini-exhibition, Humor is the Best Medicine: Salve for Sore Nerves.

Need a smile in these heavy times? Ready to laugh so you don't cry? Ken Williams and Teri Greeves have teamed up at the Coe Arts Center around the sacred theme of humor. Using pieces from the Coe's collection along with pieces from each artist’s personal collections, they look for humor, both personal and shared, as envisioned across mediums, tribal nations, time periods, and through the eyes of specific artists.

Enrolled with the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Teri Greeves began beading at eight years old. After grow-ing up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where her mother ran a trad-ing post, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz. Greeves began her career as a beadwork artist rather than pursuing a law degree and after winning Best of Show at Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999. She has won awards and honors at Indian Market, the Heard Museum, and in 2003, she received the Dobkin Fellow at the School of American Research. She was named a USA Distinguished Fellow in Traditional Arts in 2016. In 2009, she was featured in the PBS television series, Craft in America. Her work has been exhibited in museums across the country and is included in major national and international collections. Greeves lives with her husband and two sons in Santa Fe, NM.

Kenneth Williams Jr. (Northern Arapaho/Seneca) is an award-winning beadwork artist and collector of Indian art and manages the Case Trading Post at the Wheelwright Muse-um of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Williams has received best in show honor at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market and was a 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market fellow artist. His work is held in numerous private and public collections, in¬cluding the National Museum of Scotland. In the spring of 2007, Ken graduated from Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Stud-ies. While there he studied traditional beadwork with Teri Greeves. He has since continued to expand his practice, creating innovative beaded designs, particularly in the form of elaborate fancy bags.

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 5-7 pm
Eye Opener, Opening Reception. Exhibition up through July 6, 2018. Please call ahead to visit.
The Coe Center's Hands-On Curatorial Program is in its fourth year working with high school students from the Academy of Technology and the Classics (ATC) and the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS). Returning students Gailene Morgan (Meskwaki Nation & Tesuque Pueblo) and Ashlyn Lovato (Santa Clara Pueblo) are joined by new members, Aurora Escobedo (Tesuque Pueblo), Qootsvemna “Taka” Denipah (Ohkay Owingeh), and Roan Mulholland. The program provides an opportunity for students to work hands-on with the Coe collection of over 2,000 works of indigenous art from around the world. Through museum visits and weekly sessions, the curators learn how to create their own exhibition from the Coe collection by selecting objects, researching and drafting wall texts, writing press releases, designing graphics and the exhibition layout, as well as creating their own limited-run curator-designed t-shirts in collaboration with Santa Fe Teen Arts Center, formerly know as Warehouse 21. The participants build their own exhibition from the ground up.

We, as curators, began by selecting multiple objects from the Coe Collection that caught our eye. We then conducted in-depth research on each item, sharing with our peers what we uncovered at the Coe. We continue to learn information that we didn’t know before and build onto knowledge we already had to establish our view of the pieces. We have been able to experience that there’s more to this world than what is outside the door.

This exhibition presents objects from the Coe Collection and our unique connections with them in different forms of media like sound, video, stop-motion animation, poems, and photographs. We found that by taking our research into our own hands and presenting it through these creative outlets it opened up a window to curate differently. We expressed our own thoughts on what the pieces inspired in us and hopefully connect the pieces more with the audience that comes to see them. We did not want to make another boring exhibition that has information copied and pasted. Our unique way of presenting these objects and their backgrounds will make the audience more intrigued.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5-7pm
IMPRINT, Opening Event. Exhibition up through March 29, 2018. Please call ahead to visit.
To imprint is to forge a connection that leaves a lasting mark. This process is central to the making and sharing of art. The relationship of the imprint between artist and audience is emotional and transcends markets, sales, and high-stakes auctions. The Coe Center presents IMPRINT a multi-layered collaborative exhibition that challenges our assumptions about how art engages with the public.

Six leading printmakers, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jamison Chās Banks (Seneca-Cayuga, Cherokee), Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa), Terran Last Gun (Piikani), Dakota Mace (Diné (Navajo)), and Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu), along with Coe curators Bess Murphy and Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) have spent the past year working collaboratively to build IMPRINT. The exhibition will not only appear on the Coe Center walls, but in public spaces as well. IMPRINT brings art to the public and the public to art in widely accessible ways through the use of repurposed newspaper boxes inspired by and as direct extensions of Meders’ ongoing project Warbird Press, wheat-pasted posters around town, and free print giveaways.

IMPRINT will also engage in collaborations with other institutions across Santa Fe. San-ta Fe’s mobile art space, Axle Contemporary will present part of this exhibition as THE IMPRINTMOBILE, from August 3rd – 26th. The partnership with Axle increases the flexibility of approach and outreach that is fundamental to this exhibition. Additionally, IMPRINT will also collaborate with Meow Wolf on public programming, including a free family printmaking event. The schedule for these programs will be announced in a separate, upcoming, release. Other collaborations include work with CCA, IAIA, Form and Concept Gallery, and more.

Each of the six artists engages print and paper to ask questions about how to tell visual stories and appeal to a truly diverse audience via silkscreen, letterpress, handmade-paper, cardboard boxes, and other diverse media. The IMPRINT artists’ goal is to give the gift of art back to the community. The artists will share free and original pieces at locations throughout Santa Fe and beyond. Announcements through social media and word-of-mouth will reveal when and where. The conversation continues when the public has the opportunity to meet the artists at the Coe opening on August 14. These acts of sharing and exchange will continue to grow and shift throughout the run of the exhibition.

Please visit us—it's FREE!
Every First Friday of the month, 1-4 pm, visit us for a behind the scenes experience of our collection of over 2,000 works of global indigenous art. Meet our staff and learn more about who we are and what we do.

OPEN HOURS: We are flexible, so whether is it a last minute spur- of-the-moment visit or planning far in advance—all are welcome, so please give us a call at (505) 983-6372 or email at We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our programs change frequently, so please check back with us or join our mailing list for announcements.

Online at Plains Ledger Art (PILA), you can see this amazing, but fragile Ralph T. Coe Center collection ledger drawing book. Created in the 1880's, the ledger book features striking images of courting scenes, soldiers, and Cheyenne warriors - many who are identified by name glyphs! This is certainly a book of artistic and historical significance.

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the Plains Indian Art Project for making this possible — Thank you!

The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is a private operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Please donate online now, or checks can be mailed to the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts 1590 B Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. We thank you very much for your support.

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