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The Cutting Edge
— Santa Fe & Taos


May 15, 2015


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Over the past few years, in what was once an industrial train switching area, an upscale contemporary arts district has grown in the heart of Santa Fe. Plans to develop the Railyard emerged in the mid-1980s.



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Over the past few years, in what was once an industrial train switching area, an upscale contemporary arts district has grown in the heart of Santa Fe. Plans to develop the Railyard emerged in the mid-1980s. In 2002 the city approved the Railyard Master Plan, which called for museums, galleries, a cinema (opening in 2015), a farmer’s market, and more, and in 2008 the Railyard saw its grand opening. Much of the master plan is now in place, but the work continues. And while the area has also become known for its retail and dining establishments and its public spaces, it’s contemporary art that is driving this train.

Located eight blocks southwest of the downtown plaza, the Railyard Arts District is Santa Fe's premier destination for focused regional and international contemporary art. Beginning with the formation of SITE Santa Fe in the mid 1990s, the Railyard Arts District has grown to become the leading center for cutting-edge exhibitions, projects, and biennials in New Mexico. In recent years the expansive architectural spaces have become home to eight of the cities most renowned galleries, each with unique and well-developed programs.

David Richard Gallery, Evoke Contemporary, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, James Kelly Contemporary, LewAllen Galleries, William Siegal Gallery, photoeye Gallery, Tai Modern, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, and SITE Santa Fe seek to add to the excitement of the Railyard area through coordinated events like the Last Friday Art Walk and Free Fridays at SITE Santa Fe.

Many important and widely collected artists can be found in these galleries and at SITE Santa Fe. Many of the Railyard galleries participate in “Art Matters Santa Fe,” the exhibition/discussion series hosted by the Santa Fe Gallery Association. These events emphasize critical presentations and discussions of a wide range of art. They focus on the unique art experience Santa Fe offers to collectors by showcasing the breadth and depth of exhibitions and collections in the galleries and museums, as well as the scholarly owners, directors, and curators who provide the experience.

This contemporary and hip section of town invites discerning collectors, artists, and art enthusiasts of all interests to experience all the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District has to offer as a premier location for contemporary art.




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