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Edited By: Donna Pierce and Marta Weigle

Concept and Design: William Field

Photography: Jack Parsons


The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art is pleased to offer its book, Spanish New Mexico, The Spanish Colonial Arts Society Collection, 320 pages, Museum of the New Mexico Press, 1996. Nothing less than a “museum on paper,” this two-volume, slipcased set makes available to the public for the first time the Society’s unparalleled collection of over 2,500 objects, both secular and religious. Lavishly illustrated with 600 color plates and 150 black and white photographs, Spanish New Mexico also includes essays on three centuries of art making, the founding of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and Spanish Market, and profiles of many of today’s contemporary masters.

The first volume examines the characteristic subjects in a historical and cultural context – religious paintings and sculpture, hand-cragfted furniture, straw applique, precious metals, tinwork, utilitarian implements and textiles.

The second volume traces the 20th century revival of these crafts and the role of the Society, now 70 years old, in stimulating and promoting them. It also includes profiles of outstanding artists who continue to carry on these traditions. The great popularity of Santa Fe’s world renowned Spanish Market affirms the improtant role the Society has played in the preservation and continuing interest in Hispanic art. Hundreds of New Mexico artists continue to exhibit and sell contemporary examples of the traditional arts that have thrived in Northern New Mexico for centuries. The Society’s collection continues to teach and inspire new generations of artists while stimulating the ever growing interest in the history, culture, art and style of New Mexico.

An extremely important collection in an intelligently organized, beautiful book. A wonderful resource and a big contribution to the field.—Dr. Marion Oettinger, Senior Curator, Curator of Latin American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art.

A magnificent contribution to Southwestern are studies and Spanish colonial art history, the catalogues offer a stunning presentation and a treasure trove of information and photographs.—Dr. Marcus Burke, Curator of Paintings, Drawings, and Metal Work. Hispanic Society of America.


Edited By: Carmella Padilla

Design: David Skolkin

Photography: Addison Doty & Jack Parsons

Contributors: Donna Pierce, Stuart Ashman

On the occasion of its opening July 21, 2002, the new Museum of Spanish Colonial Art has published a lavishly illustrated catalogue celebrating its collections and inaugural exhibition, Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art.


Featuring 236 illustrations, 218 of them in full color, Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art is edited by exhibition writer Carmella Padilla and offers a narrative of the inaugural exhibition by Carmella Padilla and Donna L. Pierce, Chief Curator of the Museum. A foreword by Executive Director Stuart A. Ashman, “Of Culture and Community,” details the story of the creation of the Museum. Donna Pierce contributes an essay titled “Visions Realized,” presenting both a personal and a scholarly history of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and its collections. In an essay titled “A ‘New’ Mexico,” Carmella Padilla surveys the history of the Spanish colonial world and explains how Spain created the world’s first truly global culture.

Conexiones: Connections in Spanish Colonial Art is published by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and distributed by the Museum of New Mexico Press. The 176-page hardcover book measures 9 x 11 inches.

$40.00 – Soft Cover | $55.00 – Hard Cover

Edited By: William Wroth and Robin Farwell Gavin

Contributors: Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Keith Bakker, Charles M. Carrillo, Cynthia Chavez Lamar, Lane Coulter, Ann Lane Hedlund, James E. Ivey, Enrique Lamadrid, Marc Simmons

Design: David Skolkin

Photography: Joseph Moure


In this pioneering publication, eleven authors examine various art forms of the greater Southwest from a new perspective – that of the interaction between, rather than the division among, various cultures and their aesthetic viewpoints. Instead of looking at what separates the art of the Hispanos and Native peoples of the Southwest, the authors look at their commonalities. They examine the materials, techniques, motifs, and designs that were shared among the diverse peoples of the Southwest. This exchange and interchange of ideas and forms in some cases evolved into new forms of artistic expression, unique to the region and to the social, cultural and political circumstances of production.

Eleven scholars explore the impact of cultural interaction on the art forms of textiles, architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, agriculture, painting, sculpture, and performance and ceremonial arts. Over 150 art works and photographs gathered from 16 museums and private collections across the country are testimony to the unique American aesthetic that developed from this dynamic cultural exchange.

$35.00 – Soft Cover | Full Color | 110 Pages

By Donna Pedace. Foreword by Arthur Lopez


Thousands of artists have exhibited and sold their work at the Traditional Spanish Market of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the sixty years it has been in existence. This book is a record of the 186 artists who participated in the 2010 Market. It includes a brief history of the Society and an Introduction to Spanish Market.


Running Time: 48 Minutes


Video based on the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Exhibit September - December 2010.

She is the oldest image of the Blessed Virgin in the New World having arrived in Santa Fe on a wagon train in 1626, attended to by a devout Franciscan, Fray Alonso de Benavides. She was originally carved as an image of Our Lady of the Assumption. In around 1650 she was adopted by the Confraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary as their patroness, but by then was popularly called La Conquistadora, or “she who has won over our affections.”

By 1658, the Confraternity of La Conquistadora, her devotees and caretakers had been established.

This DVD documents an exhibit of some of the pieces in her extensive wardrobe and collection of jewelry, all donated in the name of prayer, and wishes, and promises made or kept.

The exhibit was curated in late 2010 by, and at, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in cooperation with the Cofradia de La Conquistadora, St. Francis Cathedral Basilica, and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.

As the oldest, continuously venerated image of Mary in this country, La Conquistadora has withstood the test of time. The garments and jewelry in this exhibit are testimony to the years of spiritual guidance and comfort she has given to the people of New Mexico.