Santa Fe Public Library

Art Exhibits

June 2019 Art Displays at the Santa Fe Public Library

 Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of June:

Main Library, Satin/Reichman Memorial Art Gallery: David Alan Carpenter, “Pareidolia or What Do You Make of This?” (Wax Encaustic). There will be an artist meet and greet on Sunday, June 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery.

Main Library Display Cases: La Pinta Art and Poetry from the Penitentiary of New Mexico

Spanish slang for prison, this group exhibition features artistic and literary talent by men who are incarcerated at the Minimum Restrict Level II Facility at the Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Through unique traditional prison art techniques, inmate artworks and poems highlight the diverse cultures of New Mexico and the Southwest.

Expressions of sights and sounds that transcend confinement:

Many visual artists collect found materials to produce creative pieces that bring color and beauty to the bland and stark prison setting. One skillfully crafted piece titled Delicate sculpted from toilet paper and bread and painted with acrylic paints renders a realistic bouquet of flowers.

With mastery of language, a skill highly regarded in prison, the verbal artists bring aural calm and composure to the often noisy and chaotic prison space. One poem titled Hatch Chilies plays with words and rhyme to create a delightful ode to this New Mexico specialty.

Rounding out the exhibition are mixed media drawings by featured artist Albert Medina.

The inspired sights and sounds by these prison artists attest to the humanity that resides in La Pinta and will be on display at the Santa Fe Public Library from June 7th through July 31, 2019.

La Farge Branch Library: Children’s Summer Reading Program 2019, “A Universe of Stories”.

Southside Branch Library: Tina Natonabah, “These are the Days” (Collage/Acrylic).

Applications to Exhibit Art

Santa Fe Public Library accepts applications from local artists for consideration of art exhibits. All applicants must live in the city or county of Santa Fe, be eligible for a library card, and follow the Information and Exhibit Guidelines and Art Exhibit Policy.

Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Main Library, 145 Washington Avenue, may bring a completed Main Library Art Application and three representative pieces of work for review to the Library’s Pick Room on the first Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm. Paintings, as well as photographic exhibits, will be considered. The Main Library also has glass cases for displaying three dimensional works. For more information, please call the Main Library Reference Desk at (505) 955-6781.

Artists interested in displaying their work at the Oliver La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano Street, should fill out an Oliver La Farge Branch Art Application and call (505) 955-4862.

Call for art at the Southside Branch! Call either John Pinkston at (505) 955-2824, or Tiana Finney at (505) 955-2823 to show your art at the beautiful Southside Branch Library.

Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, should fill out a Southside Branch Art Application. The Southside Branch Art Committee will set a date to review and schedule art displays. For more information, please call (505) 955-2824.

  • Main Library

    145 Washington Avenue
    (505) 955-6781

  • Oliver La Farge Branch

    1730 Llano Street
    (505) 955-4862

  • Southside Branch

    6599 Jaguar Drive
    (505) 955-2820