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Welcome to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is a non-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art and culture worldwide, with a concentration in native peoples of North America.

Please visit us the first Friday of each month for First Fridays, 1-4 pm--it's free! Or for other times by appointment. We can be reached via email at or call (505) 983-6372.


Our first event is Monday, Oct. 3, 4-6pm, FREE
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts and the Institute of American Indian Arts Artist-in-Residence Program are pleased to announce the first in an ongoing series of collaborative public events free to attendees and hosted by the Coe Foundation at our space, 1590B Pacheco Street.

For our first event Oct 3, current IAIA Artists-in-Residence, Jason Garcia, Gerry Quotskuyva, and Luke Parnell will spend time exploring the Coe Foundation's extensive collection of global indigenous arts, finding points of connection and inspiration for their own artistic practice. Working hands-on -touching, smelling, and directly experiencing! Each artist will select work from this encyclopedic collection to share in dialogue with their own artwork. This event pairs pop-up curation with public conversations to investigate how an artist finds inspiration through the work of others and what can be learned by artists and viewers from this process. All three artists create work that honors the tradition of Northwest Coast art, but are not devoid of contemporary meaning.

Please click here for more information and schedule. -And please stay tuned, we are planning more EVENTS to take place later this fall and winter!

Now, online at Plains Ledger Art (PILA), you can see this amazing, but fragile Ralph T. Coe Foundation collection ledger drawing book. Created in the 1880's, the ledger book features striking images of courting scenes, soldiers, and Cheyenne warriors - many who are identified by name glyphs! This is certainly a book of artistic and historical significance.

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to the Plains Indian Art Project for making this possible -- Thank you!

We invite the you to visit from 1 to 4 pm every first Friday of the month for behind the scenes access to our collection of over 2,000 works of global indigenous art. Experience our intimate on-site exhibitions, walk through the collections, meet our staff, and learn more about who we are and what we do.

EXHIBITION AT OUR SPACE: A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts, through March 31, 2017.
The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is pleased to present A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts.. This exhibition gathers exquisite carvings and prints from the collection of Richard and Joan Chodosh. Including works from some of the region's most influential artists, A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts, provides a unique occasion for the public to engage with arts rarely seen in New Mexico. Our hours are the first Friday of each month from 1-4 pm or by appointment. You can reach us via email at or by calling (505) 983-6372.

Please look for our announcement later this fall--a walk through of A View from Here: Northwest Coast Native Arts is coming!

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the Internal Revenue Code. Please donate now--online or checks can be mailed to the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts 1590 B Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505. We thank you very much for your support.

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