The Santa Fe Art Trifecta 2014

EVERYONE’S TALKING - About The Santa Fe Art Trifecta

Three stellar art events will come together in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in July, creating the biggest, brightest, and most diverse array of art on the planet this summer. The Santa Fe Art Trifecta is an extraordinary alliance of three successful art organizations, the International Folk Art Market, ART Santa Fe, and SITE Santa Fe, all working together to establish an art experience like no other. The International Folk Art Market, a vibrant outdoor event, brings artisans from some of the most remote communities in the world to show and sell handmade masterworks, while ART Santa Fe, an established international art fair, features contemporary and modern art from Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. SITE Santa Fe is known for its edgy, provocative exhibitions of contemporary art.

The three organizations are once again collaborating on events that are vast, varied, charged with energy, and of the highest quality. A combined marketing strategy is expected to bring  visitors from all over the United States and abroad. The three events take place in different parts of the city, each with its own personality.

The International Folk Art Market, July 11-13, is a colorful, vibrant event held outdoors on Museum Hill featuring art, music, dance, food, and traditional dress. But the market does far more than sell art - the artists who are carefully selected to travel to Santa Fe with their wares come from distant and often troubled areas of the globe. Their sales support their families, communities, and artists' collectives while keeping invaluable traditional arts alive. This is the largest international folk art market in the world and the handmade textiles, baskets, jewelry, and objects of all kinds are very hard to resist.

ART Santa Fe, July 10-13, brings some of the best contemporary and modern art galleries in the world to downtown Santa Fe's convention center. Besides the opportunity to immerse oneself in great art, and mingle with artists and gallery owners, there are demonstrations, exhibitions, an opening night Vernissage, and a special keynote speaker.

SITE Santa Fe's Opening Festivities for “SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes” are July 17-19. The new biennial exhibition looks to the urgencies, political conditions, and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across North, Central and South America. Through three themes - landscape, territory and trade - the exhibition will illuminate the connections among representations of the land, movement across the land, and economies and resources derived from the land. SITE is known worldwide for its biennial exhibitions of important contemporary art. Its industrial-style building in the Santa Fe Railyard is a work of art itself, ever changing as selected artists use its facade as their canvas. Exhibit runs through January 2015.

“The excitement of having so many wonderful art events in the city has really created a buzz among visitors and art professionals alike,” says Charlotte Jackson, executive director of ART Santa Fe. Adds SITE Santa Fe’s Anne Wrinkle, “These three simultaneous events illustrate the diversity, range, and excellence of art today in its many manifestations. The fact that they are all here this summer is unrivaled anywhere else. Shawn McQueen, director of the Folk Art Market, concludes, “where else in the world could art lovers and collectors have such a broad, rich and intense experience of art and human experience in one week?”

Santa Fe, New Mexico is known internationally for art. There are more than 200 art galleries representing a huge range of traditional and contemporary art. The city’s many museums include the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Spanish Colonial Arts Museum. Santa Fe is designated a UNESCO Creative City. The Santa Fe Art Trifecta is an innovative approach to growing the market for art and enhancing the city’s reputation as a destination for art lovers.