New Mexico Museum of Art | Vladem Contemporary

Within moments of entering the New Mexico Museum of Art, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, visitors see and sense the dynamic connection between art and community. At every turn, historic and contemporary works by artists who love and have chosen to live in the Southwest tell stories of their time and experiences here.

Since its opening in 1917 in an iconic architectural landmark in downtown Santa Fe, the Museum of Art has demonstrated that the heart of a people is reflected in the art of place. The museum was launched with an open-door policy that invited New Mexico-based artists to exhibit their works. This progressive policy inspired a vibrant museum environment where the art of established and emerging artists shared space and conversation while engaging viewers in their distinctive cultural expressions. In showcasing a broad range of art and artists, from Native American to Hispanic to European, the museum made every piece and every person welcome.