Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is dedicated to increasing public awareness and education of Native American and indigenous art and culture.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is actively working to build upon Coe's legacy. One of the Coe Center's goals is to develop a website including an online catalog of the objects in the collection, along with historical, exhibition, and conservation information and references to pertinent scholarship. Looking at both short and long-term projects the Coe Center is reaching out to the world community to cultivate partnerships with institutions, scholars, students, artists, and individuals. By cultivating these relationships and its programs the Coe encourages conversation, research, publications, exhibitions.

Throughout his life, Ralph T. Coe's interests focused on indigenous peoples worldwide, with a specific concentration in native peoples of North America. His vision created the Coe which 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 collection represents worldwide indigenous cultures, with its core encompassing the span of historic to contemporary.

Mission: The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501c(3) 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.

Last Friday an amazing thing happened— “Recollective Echo” opened. It was an amazing evening for all, but in parti...
05/15/2019

Last Friday an amazing thing happened— “Recollective Echo” opened. It was an amazing evening for all, but in particular for the six amazing young curators who put it together. I urge you to visit us as it will be up through July 6 and is accompanied by an exceptional brochure-catalog.

So today, again while constructively procrastinating, I decided to walk around the collection and chose a piece from “Recollective Echo” to look at closely. It’s a recent gift from Edward Guarino, who is an amazing collector and even more amazing person. Do you know where this hat is from or anything else about it?

Taking a break from my computer, I spent some time looking closely at these two amazing Yoruba bags. They were probably ...
05/01/2019

Taking a break from my computer, I spent some time looking closely at these two amazing Yoruba bags. They were probably made in the early 20 th c.

mmmm, now what was I going to do next....?
04/24/2019

mmmm, now what was I going to do next....?

04/23/2019
Look who came swimming into my office...!
04/17/2019

Look who came swimming into my office...!

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts
04/17/2019

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

As I sit in my office, my attention is always drawn to the amazing objects around me. It just can't be helped! Today one of my favorite pieces caught the light and I thought to share it.

Given by a close family friend of Ted's, this piece is especially close to my heart. Ted wrote his master thesis at Yale on the building to which this belonged in the mid-fifties. The building is known as the Rockefeller Building and during a remodeling this piece, among many others, were scrapped. It made its way into an antique store where our gracious donor found it. Can anyone guess the architect or the original building's location?

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04/13/2019

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04/13/2019

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04/13/2019

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04/13/2019

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04/13/2019

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FUNCTION rocks with another amazing plate making session with Santa Fe Clay, the Coe, and Cannupa!
04/13/2019

FUNCTION rocks with another amazing plate making session with Santa Fe Clay, the Coe, and Cannupa!

WOW!
04/10/2019

WOW!

Another amazing plate making evening with Cannupa. There is one more chance on Sat. April 13 to join the fun... check ou...
04/10/2019

Another amazing plate making evening with Cannupa. There is one more chance on Sat. April 13 to join the fun... check out FUNCTION on Eventbrite.com for more info or reserve your tickets! Make a plate now and break a plate at the Aug 15 dinner!

04/08/2019

Function @ Santa Fe Clay!!! Come for more this Tuesday & Saturday!

04/08/2019

We had two incredible days with Cannupa Hanska Luger and Santa Fe Clay making so many plates for Function! Luckily there are two more days this week. Reserve your ticket now for tomorrow evening or Saturday.

04/04/2019
A plate castle!
04/04/2019

A plate castle!

What a wonderful evening with Cannupa! Making plates for FUNCTION which culminateswith a dinner on Aug 15 at the Coe...#...
04/04/2019

What a wonderful evening with Cannupa! Making plates for FUNCTION which culminateswith a dinner on Aug 15 at the Coe...#wayfun! Please join us at other sessions by signing up on Eventbrite.com! Make a plate now and break a plate in Aug 15!

We just became aware of this wonderful Santa Fe event—bring the community together and help clean-up on April 13 is sp...
04/03/2019

We just became aware of this wonderful Santa Fe event—bring the community together and help clean-up on April 13 is sponsored by Keep Santa Fe Beautiful. Please register now!

It starts at 9am on Saturday, April 13th at the intersection of La Paz Ln and east side of Henry Lynch. KSFB will provide gloves, t-shirts, bags and pick up our collection. Volunteers should bring water, hat if sunny.

04/02/2019

We still have a few spots for the first Function plate making session tomorrow evening! Please join us, or for one of the other upcoming dates!

It's true! IMPRINT is closing this week. Get in touch if you want to see the show before it closes!
03/25/2019

It's true! IMPRINT is closing this week. Get in touch if you want to see the show before it closes!

Santa Fe, NM—Still got one week left to check out the IMPRINT group exhibition on view at the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts! I have five serigraph works included.
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Santa Fe Reporter (August 8, 2018) cover art designed by the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts IMPRINT artists.

Cover #1 Terran Last Gun (Amskapi Piikani) & Jason Garcia (Santa Clara Pueblo); Cover #2 Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee) & Jacob Meders (Mechoopda/Maidu); Cover #3 Eliza Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) & Dakota Mace (Dine)

We are so excited to announce our upcoming project with Cannupa Hanska Luger! "Function" is a multipart, interactive art...
03/12/2019
Function: Plate Making Sessions with Cannupa Hanska Luger

We are so excited to announce our upcoming project with Cannupa Hanska Luger! "Function" is a multipart, interactive artmaking event. It begins will clay plate making sessions with Cannupa at Santa Fe Clay and ends with a huge dinner party at the Coe created with leading local chefs and Youthworks!

Register on Eventbrite for a spot in the upcoming plate making sessions, which will also secure you a seat at the dinner party on August 15th!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/function-plate-making-sessions-with-cannupa-hanska-luger-tickets-58594323198

Join Cannupa Hanska Luger, the Coe Center for the Arts, and Santa Fe Clay for Function plate making sessions! Function, a large-scale interactive artwork, will begin with a series of community workshops in which Luger will lead participants in the production of plates and will conclude with a dinner...

Function: Plate Making Sessions with Cannupa Hanska Luger
03/11/2019
Function: Plate Making Sessions with Cannupa Hanska Luger

Function: Plate Making Sessions with Cannupa Hanska Luger

Join Cannupa Hanska Luger, the Coe Center for the Arts, and Santa Fe Clay for Function plate making sessions! Function, a large-scale interactive artwork, will begin with a series of community workshops in which Luger will lead participants in the production of plates and will conclude with a dinner...

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts's cover photo
02/25/2019

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts's cover photo

Get Ready... Get Set... GO! Mark your calendars! AT THE COE! The 2019 Hands-On Curators exhibition opening is May 10, 5-...
02/25/2019

Get Ready... Get Set... GO! Mark your calendars! AT THE COE! The 2019 Hands-On Curators exhibition opening is May 10, 5-7. Stay tuned for more information...YEAH!

As I sit in my office, my attention is always drawn to the amazing objects around me. It just can't be helped! Today one...
02/14/2019

As I sit in my office, my attention is always drawn to the amazing objects around me. It just can't be helped! Today one of my favorite pieces caught the light and I thought to share it.

Given by a close family friend of Ted's, this piece is especially close to my heart. Ted wrote his master thesis at Yale on the building to which this belonged in the mid-fifties. The building is known as the Rockefeller Building and during a remodeling this piece, among many others, were scrapped. It made its way into an antique store where our gracious donor found it. Can anyone guess the architect or the original building's location?

01/12/2019
01/12/2019
Imprint talks...
01/12/2019

Imprint talks...

The conversation begins... !
01/12/2019

The conversation begins... !

Couldn't be more excited about this!
12/13/2018
Having Agency

Couldn't be more excited about this!

Santa Fe pop-up blurs the line between winter market and fine arts exhibit

Another Fellow post, this time from Erika Knecht, an IAIA student studying here from Germany:“Imprint is the current s...
12/10/2018

Another Fellow post, this time from Erika Knecht, an IAIA student studying here from Germany:

“Imprint is the current show, which is on display at the Ralph T. Coe Center. Especially the work from Dakota Mace caught my attention, not only through her divers use of material, but also because she creates her own paper from natural material. Before starting my fellowship, I knew that the Coe Center hosts a historic collection with objects of indigenous groups from all around the world. For this reason, I became very exited to see contemporary Native American art work right after walking into the center, whose artists I directly recognized. Especially the close collaboration with contemporary Native artists, such as the Coe Center did with this show, is very beneficial for the artists community and I am looking forward to their next public program. “ Erika

"When I first heard of the Coe Center, in the spring of 2017 for a Collections Care course, I had expected the original ...
12/05/2018

"When I first heard of the Coe Center, in the spring of 2017 for a Collections Care course, I had expected the original Santa Fe theme of art, only Native American art, but was I wrong! I was captivated by all of the different cultures existing under this one roof. Almost immediately I was drawn to the African and Asian elder objects because of how foreign they were to me. So much so that I became a fellow at the Ralph T. Coe Center! I am able to get a taste of the rest of the world from inside this building. Most importantly I can connect with these objects on a different level, given I am allowed to touch, hold and care for these beautiful pieces." Maryelizabeth Harrison 2018 Fellow and IAIA Museum Studies Student

Congrats, Terran LastGun!
11/28/2018
Mapping the Divide

Congrats, Terran LastGun!

Four artists make new maps of Santa Fe

PILA (Plains Ledger Art Project)
11/15/2018

PILA (Plains Ledger Art Project)

Wow!! 😮 Announcing a NEW and AMAZING feature of #PILA called PILA Pages!!

We are pleased to announce we are starting a quarterly Newsletter called PILA Pages!! This means you would get our insider updates, launches, and opportunities FIRST straight to your inbox! Just message us here on our page with your First & Last Name and email address or email [email protected] and we will add you!!

#SignUp all you need is an email address 📬📩

Thank you Manuela and Mattie--our Coe Hands-on curators visited MOCNA today to learn about how to design and install an ...
10/25/2018

Thank you Manuela and Mattie--our Coe Hands-on curators visited MOCNA today to learn about how to design and install an exhibition. Fabulous!

Here is what Project Indigene artist Ashley Browning has to say about her topic - Appropriation."The theft of one’s id...
10/25/2018

Here is what Project Indigene artist Ashley Browning has to say about her topic - Appropriation.

"The theft of one’s identity is not something to be brushed off. This issue has been happening for a while now and is known as Cultural Appropriation. The mass media does not spotlight this issue enough, but as a Native artist, I have seen it happen too frequently. I strive to use my artwork as a way to highlight the culture, identity, and power that a Native American holds." -Ashley Browning (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: “Paper Doll” by Ashley Browning, 2013 – 1st Place at SWAIA - Santa Fe Indian Market (Class III, Division F, Category 1602)

All of the themes of Project Indigene - authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity -are issues that ha...
10/18/2018

All of the themes of Project Indigene - authenticity, appropriation, activism, and artistic identity -are issues that have concerned the indigenous arts and culture community for decades.

Activism: Indigenous artisans, like other artists, use their practice to advance an agenda for positive social change in the world. Recognizing native art as an important aspect of activism, telling the stories of the struggles and triumphs of indigenous people, using their practice to change in the world. The Indigenous Art team recognizes a need to advance an agenda to protect native imagery used inappropriately for commercial gain.

Learn more about Project Indigene at www.nmculture.org/projectindigene #ProjectIndigene

Photo: David Bradley (Minnesota Chippewa) P.O.W., The Story of the American Indian Movement, 1995, Acrylic, mixed media on canvas. Gift of the Harjo Family , MoCNA Collection CHP-184, Photo courtesy of IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

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