New Mexico Museum of Art Centennial Campaign

The Centennial Campaign will restore the New Mexico Museum of Art to its position as New Mexico’s premiere art institution. At its founding, the museum provided a venue for living artists to exhibit their works, enhancing Santa Fe as a cultural destination and a center for contemporary art of the Southwest. The 1917 museum building defined the Pueblo Revival Style for Santa Fe.

The Centennial Campaign will reposition and strengthen the museum, enabling it to maintain its founding mission while keeping in line with standards expected of top art institutions today. The museum will stage broader, more comprehensive exhibitions to enhance the museum’s reputation and visibility on national and international levels. Other improvements include amenities for artists in residency, bolder education and outreach programs, and more comfortable public spaces. The museum will be positioned to maintain its permanent collections and expand those collections to reflect the present era.

The museum will also establish a second location in the downtown Railyard area, where the Halpin Building will enable the museum to expand its capacity as a single, high-functioning institution. The campaign will provide funding to remodel and adapt the Halpin Building for more contemporary exhibitions intended to attract younger and more diverse audiences.

The Centennial Campaign includes a sequence of related investments intended to strengthen the museum during its centennial year. The Museum of New Mexico Foundation will upgrade its facilities by making improvements to the Shonnard House (owned by the Foundation) and will  ulitimately consolidate Foundation staff at this new location.

In addition to increased operating support from the State of New Mexico, the museum will receive enrichment funds for exhibitions and educations through increased fundraising from the Foundation.

To the Centennial Campaign videos, click here.