Discover the living tradition of the world’s first truly global culture—Spanish colonial art!
New Mexico was the northern most colony in Spain’s empire. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts renowned collection brings you the world-wide culture of Hispanic New Mexico.
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society presents the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, with a collection of 3,700 works depicting an artistic heritage of five centuries and four continents. The global range of the Museum collection conveys daily life in colonial New Mexico and art by present-day Hispanic artists of New Mexico, as well as art from the other Spanish colonies. The Museum is one of Santa Fe’s gems not to be missed!
The Museum is housed in a John Gaw Meem building. Meem was a leading figure in the development of New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial/Pueblo Revival architecture in the 1920s. Consequently, the Museum presents a fine representation of New Mexican architecture from the early 20th century: a multitude of handmade, historically accurate details ranging from the ironwork on the doors to the carved decoration of the ceiling beams.
Each July, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society presents the Traditional Spanish Market, the oldest and largest juried Spanish art market in the U.S. This popular event held on the Santa Fe Plaza features traditional arts by more than 250 local Hispanic artists, live music and dance, art demonstrations and regional foods. Spanish Market also presents the work of 50+ youth artists. The Market is a perfect opportunity to enjoy New Mexico’s vibrant Spanish culture, both past and present. Admission is free.
The first weekend of December, you can enjoy the Winter Spanish Market, with more than 100 Hispanic artists exhibiting and selling traditional Spanish Colonial works of art.
To learn more about our exhibitions, education programs, art markets and special events visit www.spanishcolonial.org or call (505) 982-2226.