Imagine a visionary new contemporary art venue that both collects and exhibits works that represent our place and time and serves as a stunning gateway to Santa Fe’s burgeoning contemporary arts district. Your gift to the Centennial Campaign will realize this vision, funding the renovation of the former state archives building on the corner of Guadalupe and Montezuma streets in the Santa Fe Railyard. This second location for the New Mexico Museum of Art extends the museum’s reach and relevance as a community-centered institution whose evolution inspires and reflects our state’s collective imagination.
Vladem Contemporary Video
Vladem Contemporary Building Committee
Mary Kershaw, Chair
George R.R. Martin
Vladem Contemporary Architects
Devendra Narayan Contractor
Studio GP, LLC.:
G. Donald Dudley Architect LTD.:
Director, New Mexico Museum of Art
Since arriving as director of the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2010, Mary has raised the profile and broadened the audience of the museum through a newly imagined exhibitions and events program as well as strategic partnerships. Highlights in the exhibition program range from the British Museum’s Renaissance to Goya exhibition, for which the New Mexico Museum of Art was the only U.S. venue, to the ever-popular Alcove exhibitions which exhibit five artists every seven weeks for one year, showcasing art being made in New Mexico right now. Strategic partnerships include lecture programs with Las Golondrinas, exhibition and program partners such as the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and educational institutions as diverse as the Institute of American Indian Arts and Gonzales Community School.
Coming to New Mexico marked a return to the United States for Mary after more than 25 years of museum experience in the UK, most recently as Director of Collections for York Museums Trust (YMT) where her first project was a UK Lottery-funded refurbishment of York Art Gallery. Mary served on the Board of the Museums Association (UK) and was active in national cultural working groups such as the Accreditation Panel for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and a Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) advisory panel to establish due diligence procedures for collecting international art and antiquities and to review the government’s tax policy for the acceptance of works of art. She has participated in many international initiatives including professional seminars and study groups in the USA, UK, Isle of Mann, Lithuania, Poland and Germany and holds a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Archaeology from University College London and bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa). She was awarded an FMA (Fellow of the (UK) Museums Association) in 2009 and has recently completed the Getty Leadership Institute’s Executive Education program at Claremont Graduate University.
Devendra Narayan Contractor and Deirdre Harris of DNCA Architects and Graham Hogan of Studio GP. Photo by Saro Calewarts, 2017
DNCA’s portfolio includes many contemporary art spaces as well as creative adaptive reuse of historic, industrial style buildings – a perfect combination for the aesthetic needed to create a special experience in Vladem Contemporary. Devendra Narayan Contractor specializes in the design of education, fine arts, and performing arts facilities, and has 35 years of experience in design and construction.
DNCA designed many of the contemporary art galleries that are now in the Santa Fe Railyard such as the Rose Morelli Building, the Railyard Galleries and the LewAllen Galleries, in an $8.5 million project. This cluster of buildings at the north end of the Railyard helped create the transformation of this part of town into the contemporary arts district in the heart of Santa Fe. And, like Vladem Contemporary, these were spaces converted to art gallery venues from different, previous uses.
Studio GP has directed the design and construction of both public and private projects, including many projects in association with renowned architect Antoine Predock. Graham Hogan worked as a senior associate at Antoine Predock Architect for 18 years, he was the project architect and senior designer for major museums, art galleries, performing arts, higher education projects as well as custom residences throughout the country.
Recent Studio GP work in association with Predock includes the recently completed 260,000 square foot Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The museum architecture itself takes visitors on a journey that is literally uplifting; a visit begins below ground and, through use of ramps and space, culminates at the top of a Tower of Hope, a high-rise spire.