Museum Members’ Cultural Tour

Santa Fe Sojourn: April 10-14, 2018

** Registration for the Spring 2018 Museum Members’ Cultural Tour is now CLOSED. **

Expand your first-hand knowledge of art through our annual cultural travel program (available to members at the Supporting Member level and above)! This year’s tour takes us to magical New Mexico, where history and culture unite in one of the largest and most important art markets in the country—Santa Fe.

We’ll explore the private worlds of influential artists as we tour Michael Scott’s expansive compound and learn about his latest work, the Preternatural Project; visit with multimedia contemporary artist Tony Abeyta in his studio; learn about Gary Niblett’s artistic transition from the animation of Hanna-Barbera Studios to the Cowboy Artists of America; and discover the art and private collections of Billy Schenk, one of the originators of today’s western pop art movement. Russell Sanchez, a master innovator in Pueblo pottery, will lead us through a live pottery firing at Pueblo de San Ildefonso (est. 1300 A.D.) and host us for an authentically prepared Pueblo Feast Celebration of indigenous foods.

In addition, Laura Finlay Smith, curator of the Tia Collection of American and international art, will take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the private collection’s paintings (which include works by most members of the Taos Society of Artists), sculptures, and ephemera. Artworks from the Tia Collection are scheduled to be on display at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in October 2018. The Houser Sculpture Garden tour will include exclusive access to Allan Houser’s archives of drawings and paintings.

The tour will also include gallery tours where we will learn about the collaboration between the museum and its affiliation with Santa Fe’s world-class galleries. Richard and Annadru Lampert of the Zaplin Lampert Gallery will share their expertise regarding the classic art of the American West; Dustin Belyeu, director of the Nedra Matteucci Gallery, will discuss 19th and 20th century American art, the Taos Society of Artists, and masters of American Impressionism and Modernism; and Henry “Chick” Monahan, director of Morning Star Gallery, will lead a talk on Plains Indians.

We’ll also explore the culinary scene through local restaurants and foodie experiences. Our host hotel, LaFonda on the Plaza, is one of Santa Fe’s 4-Diamond hotels and is located on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

Reservations are limited and guaranteed based upon the return date of the registration form (click here to download) and receipt of payment. The trip includes airfare, private transportation to all destinations, accommodations, admissions, and most meals. Itinerary is subject to change. The nonrefundable cost per person is $2,500 (checks only, please). For more information and booking, contact Kat MacDonald, Public Programs & Community Outreach Manager, at (480) 686-9539, ext. 217, or at

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