Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts We are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please check back as we hope to be able to eventually open by appointment as things improve. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Ralph T.
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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, and exhibitions.

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, and exhibitions.

Operating as usual

Do moose and porcupines get along?—The Virtual Coe, February 19, 2021
02/19/2021
Do moose and porcupines get along?—The Virtual Coe, February 19, 2021

Do moose and porcupines get along?—The Virtual Coe, February 19, 2021

Being together while being apart... The Virtual Coe Being together while being apart.... February19, 2021 Do moose and porcupines get along? In the 19th century, Indigenous makers from across the Gr

It's today! Collection Spotlight!
02/16/2021
Yeah—Collections Spotlight February 16, 2021!

It's today! Collection Spotlight!

Being together while being apart... ‌ COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT with Karen Ann Hoffman COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT, a program developed in partnership with First American Art Magazine, is an interactive, onlin

Need a little snow day fun? Join us this afternoon for Collections Spotlight!
02/16/2021

Need a little snow day fun? Join us this afternoon for Collections Spotlight!

Yeah—Collection Spotlight February 16, 2021!
02/12/2021
Yeah—Collections Spotlight February 16, 2021!

Yeah—Collection Spotlight February 16, 2021!

Being together while being apart... ‌ COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT with Karen Ann Hoffman COLLECTIONS SPOTLIGHT, a program developed in partnership with First American Art Magazine, is an interactive, onlin

Yay! Join us for our next Collections Spotlight!Collections Spotlight: EPISODE 12: Karen Ann Hoffman Discusses Iroquois ...
02/10/2021

Yay! Join us for our next Collections Spotlight!

Collections Spotlight: EPISODE 12:
Karen Ann Hoffman Discusses Iroquois Raised Beadwork via Zoom.

Free registration Oneida Nation artist and NEA Fellow, Karen Ann Hoffman of Wisconsin explores Haudenosaunee raised beadwork and whimsies via Zoom.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3pm Mountain Time

Hosted by @coeartscenter and @firstamart w/ @karenann.hoffman #NativeArt #IndigenousArt #haundenosaunee #SixNations #Nativebeadwork #beadwork #raisedbeadwork #collectionsspotlight #museumcollections #whimsies

These three birchbark owls by Ojibwe artist Josie Ryan have such an intense and intimidating look to them, yet so cool a...
02/03/2021

These three birchbark owls by Ojibwe artist Josie Ryan have such an intense and intimidating look to them, yet so cool and unique. Ted purchased all three at the Che-Wa-Ka-E-Gon Gift Shop in Cass Lake, MN, in 1993. In his notes, he states, "It isn't everyday you find things like this while gassing up and buying Leech Lake Wild Rice."

Josie Ryan (Ojibwe), Three Birchbark Owls, n.d. Birchbark, dims vary. NA0706a,b,c

Lovely little mystery. The original function of Neolithic jade congs from the Liangzhu Culture in China remains unknown....
02/02/2021

Lovely little mystery. The original function of Neolithic jade congs from the Liangzhu Culture in China remains unknown.

Artist unknown (Liangzhu Culture), c. 3,000 B.C.E. Jade, 1.375 x 1.75 in.

A set of beautifully carved silver spoons by Haida artist Robert Davidson is today's collection highlight. Both spoons w...
01/27/2021

A set of beautifully carved silver spoons by Haida artist Robert Davidson is today's collection highlight. Both spoons were created one year apart. The smaller spoon was made in 1970, and the larger one in 1971. Scroll through to get a closer look at the carvings from different angles.

Robert Davidson (Haida), Silver spoons, 1970 &1971. Silver, dims vary. NA0189a,b

Look closely-what do you see? The Virtual Coe, January 22, 2021
01/22/2021
The Virtual Coe, January 22, 2021

Look closely-what do you see? The Virtual Coe, January 22, 2021

Being together while being apart... The Virtual Coe Being together while being apart.... January 22, 2021 Look closely, you might find something unusual... This incredible Kuba mask is a mukyeem mask

Who else misses wearing their best jewelry? Ted purchased these bracelets by John Begay Jr. (left) and Verde Jake (right...
01/20/2021

Who else misses wearing their best jewelry? Ted purchased these bracelets by John Begay Jr. (left) and Verde Jake (right) at the Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, Utah, in 2004.

John Begay Jr. (Diné) and Verde Jake (Diné), Bracelet, 2003-2004. Sterling silver and turquoise, dims varied. NA1095a,b.

What amazing color! —The Virtual Coe, January 8, 2021
01/08/2021
The Virtual Coe, January 8, 2021

What amazing color! —The Virtual Coe, January 8, 2021

Being together while being apart... The Virtual Coe Being together while being apart.... January 8, 2021 What color...! This wide-brimmed man's hat (or pishalal in Tzotzil Mayan) was created by Pascu

This banner edition among other versions were designed to accompany Bill Reid's sculpture "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii."Bi...
01/06/2021

This banner edition among other versions were designed to accompany Bill Reid's sculpture "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii."

Bill Reid (Haida) b.1920-1998, Dogfish Woman Banner, 1992. Serigraph on cotton fabric, ed. 3/8, 6 x 3 ft. Gift of Richard and Joan Chodosh, 2016. NA1460.

Sea Shell Basket (Makah), nd. Seashell, bear grass, cedar bark, 3.5 x 4.25 x 3.75 in. Likely made by a relative of Georg...
01/06/2021

Sea Shell Basket (Makah), nd. Seashell, bear grass, cedar bark, 3.5 x 4.25 x 3.75 in. Likely made by a relative of George David. NA0744

The Coe Center is overjoyed to announce the continuance of a challenge grant made possible by one of our generous direct...
12/23/2020

The Coe Center is overjoyed to announce the continuance of a challenge grant made possible by one of our generous directors, Gerald G. Stiebel. He has agreed to match all gifts received dollar for dollar up to $25,000 until the end of 2020! This challenge could not have happened at a better time to support the Coe as we navigate the impact of the pandemic.

Please partner with us now, and your investment in the Coe is instantly doubled. Thank you so very much and wishing you a very happy Holiday Season!

Donate here: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=WXLNFQX5H46GS

Happy Holidays!
12/19/2020
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! ‌ Happy Holidays! We missed being with you this year, but we look forward to celebrating once we can all gather again. Wishing you and your families a magical holiday season and a ver

Sometimes the inside is just as good as the outside...Artist Unknown (Abenaki), Lined Basket, c. 1885. Ash splint, newsp...
12/15/2020

Sometimes the inside is just as good as the outside...
Artist Unknown (Abenaki), Lined Basket, c. 1885. Ash splint, newspaper, pigment, 11.75 x 17 in. NA 0908

Such a great example of personalization! This crooked knife has a photo of American actress Joan Blondell framed in the ...
12/15/2020

Such a great example of personalization! This crooked knife has a photo of American actress Joan Blondell framed in the handle. It makes one think that this may have been the owner's favorite tool.
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Crooked Knife with Frame Handle, c. 1940. Maine. Wood, metal, glass, and newspaper. NA0330f

TODAY!!! Register now for our next Collections Spotlight with the brilliant Jordan Poorman Cocker (who will be chatting ...
12/15/2020

TODAY!!! Register now for our next Collections Spotlight with the brilliant Jordan Poorman Cocker (who will be chatting with Teri Greeves!) This Tuesday, December 15 at 3pm MST. Can’t think of a better way to begin the holiday season! @jordanpoormancocker @firstamart

Register now for our next Collections Spotlight with the brilliant Jordan Poorman Cocker (who will be chatting with Teri...
12/12/2020

Register now for our next Collections Spotlight with the brilliant Jordan Poorman Cocker (who will be chatting with Teri Greeves!) This Tuesday, December 15 at 3pm MST. Can’t think of a better way to begin the holiday season! @jordanpoormancocker @firstamart

The patterns on this fully beaded bow are fabulous Artist Unknown (Modoc, attrib.), Bow, c. 1900. Wood and beads, 32.5 x...
12/10/2020

The patterns on this fully beaded bow are fabulous
Artist Unknown (Modoc, attrib.), Bow, c. 1900. Wood and beads, 32.5 x 2.25 in. NA1014

This silver canteen by Tom Burnside (Navajo) was awarded a third-place ribbon at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremoni...
12/08/2020

This silver canteen by Tom Burnside (Navajo) was awarded a third-place ribbon at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in 1956! So stunning!

Tom Burnside (Navajo), Canteen, c. 1956. Silver, 4.25 x 3.75 in. NA1152

More Kuba carvings to post! This wooden drinking cup from the Kuba tribe is entirely carved, just like the cosmetic box ...
12/01/2020

More Kuba carvings to post! This wooden drinking cup from the Kuba tribe is entirely carved, just like the cosmetic box from yesterday's post. Take a closer look at the second photo to see the carved face that is underneath the cup.
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Kuba Palm Wine Cup (Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo), n.d. Wood, 4.75 x 4.5 x 3.25 in. AF0145

This gorgeous Kuba cosmetic box is saturated with tukula - pigment from the heartwood of the Camwood tree. Check out tha...
11/30/2020

This gorgeous Kuba cosmetic box is saturated with tukula - pigment from the heartwood of the Camwood tree. Check out that rich red on the interior!
Cosmetic box (Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo), early 20th C. Wood, Camwood pigment, 2.5 x 14 x 5.25 in. AF0043

11/28/2020

How it sparkles... to wear this—is styling! This is why the word "awesome" was created!

Bracelet by Robert Davidson, c. 1980-82, gold. NA0187

Shall we go for a swim? Check out The Virtual Coe, November 27, 2020
11/27/2020
The Virtual Coe, November 27, 2020

Shall we go for a swim? Check out The Virtual Coe, November 27, 2020

Being together while being apart... The Virtual Coe Being together while being apart.... November 27, 2020 Can you see the bear? David Frank’s (Ahousalt, Nuu-chah-nulth) faithful depiction of an Orca

Beautiful baskets everywhere! Happy Holiday!
11/26/2020

Beautiful baskets everywhere! Happy Holiday!

This kayak model is so lifelike! The maker perfected every detail in the face and hands. Also, check out the wrinkles in...
11/24/2020

This kayak model is so lifelike! The maker perfected every detail in the face and hands. Also, check out the wrinkles in his pull-over! 🧐

Artist unknown, Kayak model with figure (attrib. Inuit, Nunavut), 1920-1940? Sealskin, wood, ivory, metal harpoon, gut sewing, hide, carved polymer clay, paint, 5.75 x 18 x 3.5 inches. NA0729

Our next Collection Spotlight is this coming Tuesday, November 24th at 3pm MST with Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida) who will s...
11/20/2020

Our next Collection Spotlight is this coming Tuesday, November 24th at 3pm MST with Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida) who will speak about Naaxin (chilkat) and Ravenstail weaving. We hope you’ll join us!!! @firstamart #evelynvanderhoop #naaxin #chilkat #ravenstail

Can you see the train? Learn more at coeartscenter.orgLemuel Harrison (Diné), Night Train, n.d. Wool and yarn, 105 x 5 i...
11/15/2020

Can you see the train? Learn more at coeartscenter.org

Lemuel Harrison (Diné), Night Train, n.d. Wool and yarn, 105 x 5 in. (266.7 x 12.7 cm). NA1271.

The power of Stan Hill’s vision and artistry...In creating this comb, he has chosen to share the Haudenosaunee origin na...
11/14/2020

The power of Stan Hill’s vision and artistry...In creating this comb, he has chosen to share the Haudenosaunee origin narrative. Learn more about this piece at coecenter.org.

Stanley Hill (Mohawk, Grand Island, NY), Comb, 1983. Moose antler, 2.75 x 3.5 in. (7 x 8.9 cm). NA0339

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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 Center 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.

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The Coe Center is simply a great art collection that is presented in a unique way. Visit it to find out why it is so unique.
Congratulations to the Coe, Nina, Bess and the amazing artists highlighted in IMPRINT! My family had a great time last night at the opening! The buzz of excitement in the community could be felt in every conversation we had last night. Daniel and Nadine loved doing wheat paste art with Eliza, hanging out with the Meow Wolf Team making potato stamps and leaving their marks on the wall. Daniel was especially inspired by Terran J. LastGuns prints. Thank you!
Thanks to the Coe Center for a wonderful tour today for the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association.