If faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
Faith manifests itself in many different ways and there are never any guaranteed results. However, there are unforeseen gifts. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society formed in 1925 on faith and the results are unique historical treasures found only in Santa Fe. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is a unique museum in our country dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish Colonial period, including Hispanic New Mexico.
Launched in 1925, the society sponsors an iconic Santa Fe event, the annual Spanish Market,featuring some 250 artists who share their heritage and culture with the public. And the society is steward to Spanish Colonial heritage sites in New Mexico, including the coveted Santuario de Chimayo, as well as an ongoing range of educational programs for children and adults.
Located on a hilltop overlooking Santa Fe, the beautiful Pueblo Revival-style building was designed by renowned architect John Gaw Meem in 1930, providing an intimate setting where visitors from around the world can view the specters of a time of deep faith, invention, subsistence, pain and pioneering new worlds. The collection features more than 3,700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works. Dating from the Middle Ages to the New Millennium, the collections span centuries in art, place and time and includes santos (painted and sculpted images of saints,) textiles, tinwork, silverwork, goldwork, ironwork, straw appliqué, ceramics, furniture, books and more.
Since the first Spanish Market was held in 1926, the society has been devoted to providing a meaningful venue for modern day Hispanic artists to exhibit and sell their work. Semi-annually, some 250 artists share their heritage and culture with the public, and collectors go home with remarkable one-of-a-kind art. The traditional Spanish Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish market in the country and artists must use traditional methods and materials to ensure the authenticity of each piece.The market also includes traditional Hispanic music, food, and dance. Each year, Spanish Market offers visitors and locals alike a rich celebration of Hispanic New Mexican heritage and culture.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society also offers a wide range of educational programs for both children and adults. The youth programs range from the summer Arts Alive program held on the patio of the museum, to classroom instruction in local schools by market artists. The adult programs include art workshops, and also lectures on art, history, archeology, geography, culture, and heritage issues.
The museum has an extensive library of pictorial, historical and informational books available to scholars and researchers within the museum archives. Visit their website.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society
P.O. Box 5378 Santa Fe, NM 87502-5378
505-982-2226 Fax: 505-982-4585