The Center for Contemporary Arts is a hub for contemporary art of all forms including film, visual arts, and performance. Founded in 1979, the vibrant and ever-evolving venue is one of the oldest arts-oriented organizations in the area. It provides an interdisciplinary exhibition and education program that explores current issues, encouraging critical discourse on contemporary art topics and community engagement. The center focuses on multifaceted collaborative exhibitions presenting the region with a range of provocative, conceptual artworks. Its in-house Spector Ripps Project Space, for example, is dedicated to the presentation of risk-taking first-time exhibitions by New Mexico artists such as Zoe Blackwell, Brandon Soder, and Betsy Emil, in addition to exploring spatial experimentation, site-specificity, and scale.
Turner Carroll Gallery has a global outlook when choosing artists to represent. Since its establishment in 1991, the gallery, owned by experienced gallerists Michael Carroll and Tonya Turner, has presented works by artists from Romania, Ireland, France, Russia, Mexico, Korea, China, and Japan. Several of Turner Carroll’s featured artists including Michael Coleman, Josh Garber, Rupert Garcia and Hung Liu also exhibit internationally at prestigious museums. The gallery is an active member of the local community, regularly fundraising for arts education in collaboration with arts charities in Santa Fe. In addition to their main gallery program, Turner Carroll Gallery also organizes exhibitions and charity events through its contemporary Mexican Art project ArteMita.
Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 986 9800
Housed in one of the most unique architectural spaces in the Railyard complex, Zane Bennett Gallery has a strong presence on the national contemporary art scene. The cutting-edge interior is matched by the stimulating exhibition program of shows by established, mid-career and emerging artists, alongside a number of blue-chip names. Featured artists include Mary Shaffer, Roger Atkins, Rachel Stevens, and Joshua Rose, among others. Zane Bennett Gallery features works in a variety of traditional mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography as well as new media and video installations. Visually engaging but also accessible, the shows take place within the gallery’s numerous exhibition spaces surrounding its stunning atrium and glass staircase.
Zane Bennett Gallery, The Railyard, 435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM, +1 505 982 8111
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, founded by gallerist Charlotte Jackson in 1998, has gained international recognition for their focus on Monochrome artworks, light and space, and California modernists. The gallery has a well-defined and unique vision, which is presented internationally through a number of visually stimulating, high-quality exhibitions throughout the year. Charlotte Jackson represents renowned artists such as Charles Arnoldi, James Turrell and Anne Truitt, among numerous others. Charlotte Jackson’s other ventures include founding the non-profit arts organization Art Santa Fe Presents, the organization behind Art Santa Fe art fair in 2003. Over the years, Jackson has elevated the status of this fair from a regional to an important event for the international art community.
Karan Ruhlen is a key venue for contemporary art by well-established New Mexico artists. Often referred to as one of Santa Fe’s most preeminent art venues, the gallery is owned and run by veteran painter and arts advocate Karan Ruhlen. For over 20 years, the gallery has represented some of the best contemporary, nature-inspired paintings and sculptures, but the range of works on show at Karan Ruhlen is highly diverse, portraying varying styles from realistic, to minimalistic and abstract. The gallery’s main focus is on paintings, drawings, and sculptures, exhibited at a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the year. Represented artists of note include Pauline Ziegen and Stephen Pentak.
Karan Ruhlen Gallery, 225 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM, USA, +1 505 820 0807
David Richard Gallery is one of the premier art galleries in Santa Fe. You will find numerous important contemporary and historical artworks on show here, particularly those linked to post-war and contemporary abstract art movements. David Richard Gallery presents works in a variety of mediums, focusing on works of abstract expressionism, Color Field, geometric, op art, pop art, minimalism, and conceptualism. Their extensive roster includes emerging and well-established American and international artists, and the schedule is filled with contemporary shows alongside key exhibitions of significant modern artworks – organized through the gallery’s curatorial collaboration program – which explore key thematic developments in art practice from the 1960s through the 1980s. David Richard is not only a high-quality gallery but also an interactive environment for artists, collectors, curators, and the wider art community.