The Couse-Sharp Historic Site

The Couse-Sharp Historic Site The home and studio of painter E.I. Couse and the two studios of J.H. Sharp, two of the original founders of the Taos Society of Artists. The traditional adobe home, the earliest parts dating back to the 1830s, contains Couse’s furnishings, collections, and paintings of Native Americans.
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The site also includes two studios of Joseph Henry Sharp, Couse’s neighbor and colleague in the Taos Society of Artists.

Mission: The Mission of The Couse Foundation is to preserve and interpret the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, its buildings, grounds, collections, and the archives of the Taos Society of Artists, through education, collaboration and scholarly engagement. The Vision of The Couse Foundation is to be the center for scholarship of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp and the Taos Society of Artists.

Operating as usual

Today in Taos we celebrate the Feast Day of San Geronimo (St. Jerome), a day of traditional festivities at Taos Pueblo. ...
09/30/2020

Today in Taos we celebrate the Feast Day of San Geronimo (St. Jerome), a day of traditional festivities at Taos Pueblo. We at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site wish you all a happy, healthy feast day!

Pictured: Program covers for San Geronimo Day in Taos, 1928 and 1902. From the Couse Family Archive.

#cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #nmtrue #taossocietyofartists #taoseño #newmexico #newmexicotrue @ The Couse-Sharp Historic Site

09/25/2020

Don’t forget to buy your limited edition Mark Maggiori fine art poster! Visit our website Couse-Sharp.org tomorrow at 5pm mountain time to purchase. One poster per person. Proceeds go to support The Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

Bachelor buttons beside Kibbey Couse’s cart.#cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists #taos
09/23/2020

Bachelor buttons beside Kibbey Couse’s cart.

#cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists #taos

Step across the threshold where the fabled artists of Taos gathered. Reserve your private tour today. 575-751-0369.#cous...
09/22/2020

Step across the threshold where the fabled artists of Taos gathered. Reserve your private tour today. 575-751-0369.

#cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists #eicouse #josephhenrysharp #taos #nmtrue

Unlock the door to the story of The Taos Society of Artists. Reserve your private tour today. 575-751-0369.#cousesharphi...
09/22/2020

Unlock the door to the story of The Taos Society of Artists. Reserve your private tour today. 575-751-0369.

#cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #taossocietyofartists #nmtrue

Walking rain beyond the Couse meadow.#cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #nmskies #nmtrue #taossocietyofartists
09/22/2020

Walking rain beyond the Couse meadow.

#cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #nmskies #nmtrue #taossocietyofartists

The Kibbey Couse Machine Shop has been restored to its former glory!
09/17/2020

The Kibbey Couse Machine Shop has been restored to its former glory!

09/16/2020

Thank you @markmaggiori for your generosity! Support The Couse-Sharp Historic Site! Go to our website (http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1046) on September 26th at 5pm for your chance to purchase an original fine art poster by our Artist in Residence Mark Maggiori. There are only 200 copies available at $90 each. One poster per person. All proceeds support The Couse-Sharp Historic Site and our education program.

Autumnal morning light enters the Couse studio. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #cousestudio #taossocietyofart...
09/12/2020

Autumnal morning light enters the Couse studio. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #cousestudio #taossocietyofartists #eicouse

Join us for a spirited conversation with Terri Greeves and Jill Ahlberg Yohe, curators of the groundbreaking exhibition ...
09/11/2020

Join us for a spirited conversation with Terri Greeves and Jill Ahlberg Yohe, curators of the groundbreaking exhibition - "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists." Sunday, September 13, 4PM MST.

The artist E.I. Couse’s son Kibbey, ran Couse Laboratories Inc, Taos, NM out of the “Couse House" from 1930 -1936. A mec...
09/10/2020

The artist E.I. Couse’s son Kibbey, ran Couse Laboratories Inc, Taos, NM out of the “Couse House" from 1930 -1936. A mechanical engineer and inventor, he could fabricate, machine, forge, cast, weld, and electroplate anything in metal, which is precisely what he did in the newly restored machine shop adjacent to his father’s studio. It was here in this machine shop in Taos that Kibbey prototyped the mobile machine shop, which ultimately played a significant role in the Allied victory in both the European and Pacific theaters. @ The Couse-Sharp Historic Site

Thank you to Parsons Fine Art and the estate of Rena Rosequist/Mission Gallery for their generous support !
09/09/2020

Thank you to Parsons Fine Art and the estate of Rena Rosequist/Mission Gallery for their generous support !

Dear friends of Parsons Gallery and of the Couse-Sharp Historic site,
We are very pleased and excited to be presenting a wide variety of artwork from the historic Mission Gallery Collection. Art from Andrew Dasburg, Howard Cook, E.I. Couse, Earl Stroh, Thomas Benrimo, and more. A portion of the proceeds form the sale of the work will go to benefit the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. Please visit www.parsonsart.com to see the full collection or call 575-751-0159 for more information

Summer ends with a burst of color in the Virginia Walker Couse Heritage Garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #tao...
09/05/2020

Summer ends with a burst of color in the Virginia Walker Couse Heritage Garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #nmtrue

Apples bring the start of fall color to the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #nmtrue...
09/05/2020

Apples bring the start of fall color to the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #nmtrue #fall

The barberry beckons autumn in the Virginia Walker Couse Heritage Garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #fal...
09/05/2020

The barberry beckons autumn in the Virginia Walker Couse Heritage Garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #fall #nmtrue

The Couse garden prepares for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #halloween #fa...
09/05/2020

The Couse garden prepares for the arrival of The Great Pumpkin. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos #halloween #fall

Cosmos in the Couse garden.
08/29/2020

Cosmos in the Couse garden.

A treasure unearthedWe’re thrilled to announce that now we can offer brand-new copies of the essential volume Taos Artis...
08/21/2020

A treasure unearthed

We’re thrilled to announce that now we can offer brand-new copies of the essential volume Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950. Out of print for 20 years, it has been available recently only in used copies. Thanks to a generous donation from J.N. Bartfield Galleries (bartfieldgallery.com), The Couse Foundation is now in possession of a number of new first editions of this essential volume, whose lead author is a longtime friend of the Site and an active member of our National Advisory Council.

Here’s the lowdown:

Taos Artists and Their Patrons, 1898-1950
By Dean A. Porter, Suzan Campbell and Teresa Hayes Ebie
Published by the Snite Musuem of Art, University of Notre Dame, 1999
Condition: Brand new in shrink wrap
Hardcover, 400 pages, 10 ¾ x 11 ¼
159 color images, 261 B&W images
$300

Read more about the essential volume and be one of the first to get your copy at Couse-Sharp.org/shop

08/15/2020
Book panel: The Couse Collection of Native Beadwork

Check out coauthors Chelsea Herr and E. Jane Burns talking with Executive Director Davison Koenig about our fabulous new publication, The Couse Collection of Native Beadwork, and taking questions from our audience!

Play the Game of Tomes!This week we highlight two of our own publications: the brand-new Couse Collection of Native Bead...
08/13/2020

Play the Game of Tomes!

This week we highlight two of our own publications: the brand-new Couse Collection of Native Beadwork, and the popular Couse Collection of Pueblo Pottery. These photo-packed paperbacks are part of our series The Record chronicling and contextualizing the collections held at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

This Saturday, August 15, join Couse Collection of Native Beadwork coauthors Dr. Chelsea Herr and Dr. E. Jane Burns at 3 p.m. right here on this page for a discussion of the just-released volume, the historic works examined in the publication, and contemporary Indigenous beadwork.

Moderated by Couse Foundation Executive Director Davison Koenig, the virtual event is free and interactive -- participants can submit questions via the Zoom chat feature or via Facebook comments.

Email [email protected] before midnight Mountain time Friday, Aug. 14, to register to receive your exclusive invitation (required for Zoom participation). If you miss the deadline, you can view here via Facebook Live!

Before or after the event, help us out by donating and purchasing books. Choose a contribution level and see what you’ll receive:

Taos Suite package, $2000: all the books detailed below!
Couse-Sharp package, $1000: Deluxe limited edition of In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1006] The Life and Art of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1030] Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866-1936 (signed);[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1029] Eanger Irving Couse: Image Maker for America (signed)[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1016]
Couse-Sharp Choice package, $500: choice of the above Sharp books or Couse books
Collection package, $250: The Couse Collection of Native Beadwork (signed) [http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1038] and The Couse Collection of Pueblo Pottery (signed) [ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1017]
Collection Choice package, $100: choice of beadwork book or pottery book

Visit our online Shop [http://couse-sharp.org/shop] to select a package and make your contribution today!

Play the Game of Tomes!Help your favorite historic site’s programs weather the economic crisis, and help us support scho...
08/07/2020

Play the Game of Tomes!

Help your favorite historic site’s programs weather the economic crisis, and help us support scholarship at the same time. Scholarship on art and art history has been part of our mission since The Couse Foundation’s inception almost two decades ago, and we’ve been publishing books since 2012.

This week we highlight Virginia Couse Leavitt’s definitive biography of her grandfather, Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866-1936. [http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1029]. Published last year, it’s not only a landmark work but an excellent read and full of beautiful reproductions of paintings and historical photos.

Another treat: See and hear Ginnie speak about her life and work in a recent short video you’ll love: Virginia Couse Leavitt introduction [https://youtu.be/vIsJsjYAaHY]

We’ve had a great response so far, with donations at every level! By donating through our “game,” you’ll help us make up the huge shortfall caused by our closure and cancellation of fundraising events. Choose a contribution level and see what you’ll receive:

Taos Suite package, $2000: all the books detailed below!
Couse-Sharp package, $1000: Deluxe limited edition of In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1006] The Life and Art of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1030] Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866-1936 (signed);[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1029] Eanger Irving Couse: Image Maker for America (signed)[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1016]
Couse-Sharp Choice package, $500: choice of the above Sharp books or Couse books
Collection package, $250: The Couse Collection of Native Beadwork (fresh off the press, signed) [http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1038] and The Couse Collection of Pueblo Pottery (signed) [ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1017]
Collection Choice package, $100: choice of beadwork book or pottery book

All these books would be perfect additions to your art library or gifts for the discerning aficionados. And by sending in your contribution you’ll be helping us make up the huge shortfall caused by our closure and cancellation of fundraising events!

Don’t forget that for those of you who don’t normally itemize your federal taxes, for 2020 you can take advantage of a $300 special deduction [https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-the-New-300/248523] for charitable contributions. It’s specifically to encourage donations to nonprofits like us! For all filers, as always your deduction amount won’t include the retail value of the promotional items you receive. And we’re happy to work with you to ensure you get the books you really want no matter the package you choose!

Visit our online Shop [http://couse-sharp.org/shop] to select a package and make your contribution today!

P.S. A teaser for next week: Plan to attend our inaugural Zoom/Facebook Live event at 3 p.m. on August 15, a free coauthor panel discussing the behind-the-scenes of our brand-new Couse Collection of Native Beadwork [http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1038] book! Email us at [email protected] to sign up to receive a Zoom registration link, or plan to watch concurrently on Facebook.

Help your favorite historic site’s programs weather the economic crisis this summer, and help us support scholarship at ...
08/01/2020

Help your favorite historic site’s programs weather the economic crisis this summer, and help us support scholarship at the same time. Scholarship on art and art history has been part of our mission since our inception almost two decades ago, and we’ve been publishing books since 2012.

Choose a contribution level and see what you’ll receive:

Taos Suite package, $2000: all the books detailed below!
Couse-Sharp package, $1000: Deluxe limited edition of In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1006] The Life and Art of Joseph Henry Sharp;[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1030] Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866-1936 (signed);[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1029] Eanger Irving Couse: Image Maker for America (signed)[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1016]
Couse-Sharp Choice package, $500: choice of the above Sharp books or Couse books
Collection package, $250: The Couse Collection of Native Beadwork (signed)[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1038] and The Couse Collection of Pueblo Pottery (signed)[ http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1017]
Collection Choice package, $100: choice of beadwork book or pottery book

This week we highlight the beautiful slipcovered In Poetic Silence [http://couse-sharp.org/shop/detail/1006]by Thomas Minckler, part of an edition of only 150. Custom-bound in white leather, it’s not sold on our website and is a perfect addition to your art library or gift for the discerning Sharp aficionado. And by sending in your contribution you’ll be helping us make up the huge shortfall caused by our closure and cancellation of fundraising events!

Don’t forget that for those of you who don’t normally itemize your federal taxes, for 2020 you can take advantage of a $300 special deduction [https://www.philanthropy.com/article/How-the-New-300/248523] for charitable contributions. It’s specifically to encourage donations to nonprofits like us! For all filers, as always your deduction amount won’t include the retail value of the promotional items you receive. And we’re happy to work with you to ensure you get the books you really want no matter the package you choose!

Visit our website Shop [http://couse-sharp.org/shop] to select a package and make your contribution today!

Carpintero, Eric Fishback replacing Couse gutters with new "historic" gutters, just in time for summer monsoon rains! #c...
07/31/2020

Carpintero, Eric Fishback replacing Couse gutters with new "historic" gutters, just in time for summer monsoon rains! #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos

The summer rains have made the Couse garden thrive. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos
07/29/2020

The summer rains have made the Couse garden thrive. #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taos

Winged visitor alighting on the Couse portal hammock. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists
07/21/2020

Winged visitor alighting on the Couse portal hammock. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists

Saturday morning in the Couse garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #taossocietyofartists #cousehouse
07/18/2020

Saturday morning in the Couse garden. #cousesharphistoricsite #taos #taossocietyofartists #cousehouse

Vibrant blooms in the Couse garden. #taos #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists
07/18/2020

Vibrant blooms in the Couse garden. #taos #cousesharphistoricsite #cousehouse #taossocietyofartists

The Couse Foundation is delighted to announce that we are among the 317 cultural institutions nationwide, along with sev...
07/16/2020

The Couse Foundation is delighted to announce that we are among the 317 cultural institutions nationwide, along with several other New Mexico organizations including our friends at Taos Center for the Arts, who have been awarded CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Totaling $40.3 million, these grants will allow organizations to maintain essential staff functions and continue operations that would have otherwise been disrupted by closures due to the pandemic.

This award will enable The Couse Foundation to proceed with the first phase of its new Digital Initiatives Program by obtaining necessary scanning hardware and software, retaining essential personnel, and hiring project staff on a contractual basis to complete the work.

This initial phase will digitize The Couse Family Photo Collection which comprises 11,000 photographs, the majority of which are E.I. Couse’s original contact prints that he produced throughout his lifetime as photographic studies for his paintings. Once digitized, the collection will be made publicly accessible via the web, creating a fantastic new electronic resource for scholars, artists, gallery owners, auction houses, students, and the greater Taos community.

Many thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for making this project possible and for its commitment to the continued advancement of the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today awarded $40.3 million in CARES Act grants to cultural institutions across the country. NEH has awarded 317 new NEH CARES grants to support essential operations at more than 300 cultural institutions. #NEHcares grants were awarded across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

This funding will allow the National World War II Museum to augment digital programming around its collection, will help the historic site of the Tulsa Race Massacre prepare a new exhibition and tours in preparation for the upcoming centennial, and will digitally document the history and daily life of Connecticut’s tribal communities in the early nineteenth century.

In March, NEH received $75 million in supplemental funding that the NEH received as part of the $2.2 trillion #CARESAct. The agency has already distributed $30 million of that funding to 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. Through the regranting of federal support, the councils reach an estimated annual audience of 137 million people.

A complete list of the 317 #NEHcares grants is available here: https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-40-million-cares-act-grants

The Couse Foundation Skunkraiser! Help us raise money for our skunk relocation program, part of our Integrated Pest Mana...
07/14/2020

The Couse Foundation Skunkraiser! Help us raise money for our skunk relocation program, part of our Integrated Pest Management plan. While skunks are adorable, living beneath the floorboards of the Couse home is not ideal for visitors or staff. Please visit our website, any donation would be greatly appreciated. Help Save the Skunks!
http://couse-sharp.org/donate

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146 Kit Carson Rd
Taos, NM
87571

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