New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary

This major expansion of the New Mexico Museum of Art into a second location will become a hub for both contemporary art and community engagement, as the museum looks to increase its audience, foster enjoyment and appreciation for the visual arts, and inspire originality and creativity.  It will provide nearly 10,000 additional square feet of gallery space to exhibit post-war and contemporary art, and will also feature a 1,817-square-foot Education Center with resources for art-making, classes, films, art talks and more.

The inaugural year provides an opportunity for the museum to draw local, regional, and national attention to Santa Fe with an ambitious schedule of exhibitions, programs and events for the public and members alike.






Shadow and Light

The inaugural exhibition Shadow and Light plays upon the famed New Mexico light which is credited for attracting and inspiring artists to the region for decades. See the works of Emil Bisttram, Florence Miller Pierce, Lee Bul, Nancy Holt, Yayoi Kusama, Virgil Ortiz, among many others. Learn more here.

Leo Villareal Light Installation

A native of Albuquerque, Villareal experiments with simple and complex patterns using an array of LED lights. This site-specific outdoor installation will be the first of its kind in New Mexico, and will recognize the importance of a native New Mexican who has achieved international recognition for his work, and will establish Santa Fe and the Vladem Contemporary as a destination for a unique aesthetic experience.

New and Expanded Education Programs

To complement a world-class exhibition schedule, the education team at the Museum of Art will expand the educational offerings at the museum to increase outreach and engage with the community. As part of the extensive programming planned for the Vladem Contemporary, new education initiatives will feature enhanced school tours, workshops, hands-on activities, the Window Box Project and an Artist-in-Residence program.


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Your generous support of the museum will help make possible this momentous period in the history of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million to fund world-class programming at the Vladem Contemporary during its inaugural year, as well as equally compelling and sensational exhibitions at the museum’s 1917 building on Santa Fe’s historic downtown Plaza. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch a new era for the New Mexico Museum of Art. We invite your support of the Museum of Art at this transformative moment in time.  Please the buttons for ways to give.

  • Purchase a Brick for $250 and forever recognize someone in the courtyard. Please note that bricks purchased now will be installed after the grand opening.
  • Give any amount to support exhibitions or education programs. Contact Alex Wilson at for details.



Q. How do I become a member of Vladem Contemporary?

A. If you are a current Museum of New Mexico Foundation member, no action is needed. Vladem Contemporary is included in your membership. If you’d like to become a member, click here.



Q. Can I still buy a brick?

A. Yes you can here. Please note that a brick purchased now, will be installed on a future date after the grand opening.

Q. I bought a brick, when will it be installed?

A. If your brick was purchased before March 31, 2023, it will be installed before the Grand Opening. All bricks purchased after March 31, 2023 will be installed at a future date.


Q. I bought a brick but there’s an error, what do I do?

A. Please let us know of the error and correction by emailing



Q. Where do I park when visiting Vladem Contemporary?

A. Metered street parking and paid lots are located throughout the Santa Fe Railyard. There’s also a multi-level underground paid city garage, located near REI. And the State Capitol parking garage near Galisteo and Paseo de Peralta is free and only a few blocks away.