Santa Fe is known to be the third largest art market in the United States, with a variety of art festivals throughout the year, as well many museum-quality galleries throughout the city. Being somewhat new to the Santa Fe art scene, I have solicited guests to help us with recommendations for best art galleries in Santa Fe. Here are a few of our guest’s favorites!


Center for Contemporary Arts Santa FeCenter for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

It’s a gallery, it’s a performance space, it’s a movie theatre…It’s the Center for Contemporary Arts or simply called CCA locally.   At 35 years and counting, the CCA is one of the oldest artist-centered organizations in the Southwest, committed to supporting emerging and established artists.  It draws scores of visitors and locals to its art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and educational public programming.  The CCA is a non-profit arts center whose mission is to create, maintain and promote a vibrant regional gathering place for the exploration and presentation of diverse and challenging contemporary art forms and ideas through their interdisciplinary programs:  film, visual arts, educational outreach, and public programs.   Stroll through their gallery to view their latest exhibition and then catch a film at Cinematheque, their art-house movie theater (one of our personal favorites).   You can also pick up some cool and funky handmade wares sourced from talented Santa Fe artisans in their new retail shop.   Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, (505) 982-1338


Ventana Fine Art Santa FeVentana Fine Art

Set on Canyon Road, which features over 100 galleries, Ventana Fine Art is not just another stop.   Ventana Fine Art is housed in a attractive red brick studio with beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, creating an aesthetically stunning environment you won’t want to miss.   For over 30 years, Ventana has been featuring collections of contemporary art in both realistic and abstract style that entice a full, colorful range of emotion and taste.  Their gallery, housed in a 107-year-old schoolhouse, is the perfect setting to celebrate art.    Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, (800) 746-8815




Lynn A Fox Santa FeLyn A Fox Gallery

Since 1995, Lyn A. Fox has shown exceptional examples of historic and contemporary pueblo pottery with an emphasis on pottery actually used in pueblo homes…the REAL Deal!  The pottery featured includes water jars, large storage jars, magnificent dough bowls, and small, unusual pottery pieces.  There’s something for every taste and budget.   Their extensive knowledge of the background and circumstances surrounding each collectible makes for a fascinating experience for anyone interested in Native American art and history whether you’re looking to buy or just there to browse & learn.  Lyn A. Fox Fine Pueblo Pottery, 839 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, (505) 577-0835









David Richard Gallery Santa FeDavid Richard Gallery (Permanently Closed)

In the David Richard Gallery you will find important contemporary and historical art, particularly those linked to post-war and abstract art.  The gallery, owned by David Eichholtz and Richard Barger, houses works in a variety of mediums, focusing on works of abstract expressionism, color field, geometric, op art (optical art), pop art, minimalism and conceptualism.  Their extensive collection includes emerging and well-established artists from the US and around the world.   David Richard is a high-quality gallery loved by artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts.  The gallery has been named as one of the best galleries in the world by Modern Painters Magazine for two years running.  David Richard Gallery, The Railyard, 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, (505) 983-9555


Andrew Smith Gallery Santa FeAndrew Smith Gallery (Permanently Closed)

The Andrew Smith Gallery is one of world’s leading photography galleries, exhibiting and selling classic American photography since 1974. This highly esteemed photography gallery, just two blocks from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza and next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, specializes in important 19th & 20th century masters and chroniclers of the American West.   The gallery has on display and for sale some of the greatest photographs ever made!  Prominent artists include:  Ansel Adams (our favorite), Edward Weston, O. Winston Link, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eliot Porter, Laura Gilpin, Flor Garduño, Dorothea Lange, Alexander Gardner, John Hill, Alfred Stieglitz, Annie Liebovitz, and regional artists like Jody Forster and Barbara Van Cleve.   Andrew Smith Gallery, 122 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe, (505) 984-1234