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Community Gallery

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery
"bringing the community to art and art to the community"

Contact Info:
Physical address:
201 West Marcy Street
(at the intersection of Marcy and Sheridan)
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Mailing address (for artist portfolio submissions):
PO Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909
Ph: 505.955.6705
Fax: 505.955.6671
Hours of operation:
Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

text commy galleryWhat is the Community Gallery?
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission's Community Gallery-- through thoughtful and creative programming--offers inspiring exhibitions for the public, educational and professional development for local artists/artisans and exciting activities for the community. High quality art is for sale at all price levels.

The Community Gallery promotes, sells and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. Gallery programming provides a range of services, exhibitions and activities that engages the public as well as supports the efforts of local artists/artisans. As a result, the gallery is a hub for viewing and exhibiting exciting artworks and brings the community to art as well as art to the community.

How Does the Community Gallery Operate?
All work in the Community Gallery is for sale. Artists not represented by a gallery receive 60% of all sales and the City of Santa Fe keeps 40%. Artists who have exclusive representation contracts participate through their gallery. The representing gallery receives 70% of sales (to be split with the artist according to their own agreement) and the City of Santa Fe receives 30%.

How Do Artists Get Involved and Participate?
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, in a concerted effort to expand its services to the local arts community, wants to welcome artists and artisans of all media to participate in the exhibits and programming of the Community Gallery.

community sculptureThe Community Gallery features themed exhibitions that run for two to three-month intervals and display the full breadth and depth of the art produced by local artists and artisans in Santa Fe and New Mexico. Themed exhibitions ensure that both contemporary and traditional work in all media are shown, creating more varied, interesting and vital exhibits.

Additionally, the Community Gallery features a "small-scale works" section that always features 15 to 20 artists' work that is not related to the Exhibit Theme and priced at $500 and below.

In order for an artist to be considered for participation in exhibitions or the affordable art section, the Gallery's Advisory Committee must have a portfolio of that artist's work in the artist archive. This portfolio should include some written description of their work (artist statement/resume/biography), as well as five to ten images of their work (printed, on 8 1/2 x 11" paper).

Possible participants will be selected from the archive based upon the quality of their work, their contribution to the full breadth of the exhibit media, and the appropriateness of their work to the theme (if applicable).

After receiving a portfolio, that portfolio will remain in the Community Gallery's files for future consideration in any upcoming shows. There is no need to re-apply.

community roomHow Can I Contribute Exhibit Theme Ideas?
The Community Gallery is soliciting exhibit theme suggestions from the community in order to provide thought-provoking and exciting exhibits. Exhibition themes are approved by the Community Gallery Advisory Committee and the Arts Commission and will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

1) Coordination with significant local cultural or social events.
2) Providing an opportunity for local artists/artisans to expand their professional exhibition experience and enrich professional disciplines through meeting press requirements, interacting with the public, performing demonstrations, assisting in workshops, etc.
3) Grounded in some historical context which further promotes understanding of the culture of Santa Fe and New Mexico.
4) Offer educational opportunities for the community to better understand local art, artists/artists, artistic processes or art history.
5) Collaborate with a minimum of 2 local community organizations to offer the widest inclusion of the public and create a synergistic forum for the advancement of the arts.

A goal of the gallery is to offer the broadest inclusion for all artists and involve a large portion of the local population by offering more than the display of artwork. Exhibitions feature programs and events that invite a varied and diverse audience.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit their theme idea(s) to:
Community Gallery Manager
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission
PO Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Please include a list of possible artists for your suggested theme AND an explanation of why you feel your theme meets exhibit criteria and how it includes the larger community.

To learn more about the Santa Fe Arts Commission, click here.

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