An Art Lover’s Guide to Santa Fe

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, has one of the largest art markets in America, meaning the art aficionado can find plenty to peruse and experience. Planning a trip here to visit some of these locations is not uncommon, even for more casual fans of art. The next time you’re in Santa Fe, add the following galleries and events to your itinerary to experience the best of what Santa Fe has to offer through its art.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Image via Flickr by KathyKnorr – Santa Fe – New Mexico

For one weekend in the middle of July, Museum Hill in Santa Fe gets transformed for the International Folk Art Market. This event is the largest of its type in the world and features more than 150 different folk artists hailing from more than 50 countries. Venture through the stalls and view crafts from countries such as Jordan, Argentina, Tanzania, and Tajikistan. Your eyes will be overwhelmed with intricate basketry, sparkling jewelry designs, and hand-painted ceramics.

The 2018 International Folk Art Market will take place July 13-15, and organizers expect around 20,000 visitors to attend.

Art Santa Fe

If you’re into the fine art scene, then you’ll appreciate Art Santa Fe, an annual art market and show that invites hundreds of contemporary artists to display their work. It’s the third largest art market in the United States, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to purchase pieces that you like. 

Each piece is curated by a panel of judges before becoming part of the show, and each work will be exceptional. In 2018, the event will take place July 12-15, with public visiting hours 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $25 for a three-day pass.

Museum Hill

The aptly named Museum Hill is the epicenter of Santa Fe’s art culture. Here, you can walk through four separate museums dedicated to the cultural arts experience. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art includes a number of exhibitions, including Time Travelers: and the Saints Go Marching On, which features the imagery of Christian saints as produced by New Mexico artists.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture examines Native American artifacts and culture and includes more than 70,000 pieces that illustrate the culture and history of various tribes. At the Museum of International Folk Art, you can explore artwork from various countries in current exhibitions such as Quilts of Southwest China, Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru, and No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meaning of Tramp Art.  

Finally, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian also features Native American art, but in a more modern sense. It showcases many Navajo collections from the 1850s to present day.

Whichever locations you decide to visit, you can use Hotel Planner to find Santa Fe hotels in the city’s downtown district. Not only will you find some amazing deals, but you’ll also locate hotels within walking distance of some of the most popular art locales. Once you’ve solidified your lodging, you can start nailing down an itinerary for your next trip to Santa Fe.