Museum of International Folk Art

Folk Art of the Andes

January 03, 2011


Folk Art of the Andes

 (Santa Fe, NM, January 3, 2011) – The Museum of International Folk Art opens a major exhibition, Folk Art of the Andes, April 17, 2011. This will be the first exhibit in the United States to feature a broad range of folk art from the Andean region of South America, showcasing more than 850 works of art primarily dating from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The exhibit runs through September 16, 2012.  For images click here.

 The creative accomplishments of the Andean people of the highland region of South America are prominent among the folk art legacies of the world. The curator for the exhibition, Dr. Barbara Mauldin, states “the Folk Art of the Andes exhibit explores the influence of Spanish arts and cultural introduced during the colonial period and shows how much of the work produced after independence in 1829 reflects the interweaving of indigenous craft traditions with European art forms and techniques.”

 The collection of Andean folk art in the Museum of International Folk Art was started with an initial gift from the museum’s founder Florence Dibell Bartlett and has grown to more than 6,000 objects. Drawing from this renowned collection and other private and public collections in the United States, Folk Art of the Andes includes religious paintings, sculptures, portable altars, milagros, amulets, and ritual offerings.  Traditional hand woven ponchos, mantles, belts, and bags are shown, along with women’s skirts, hats, and shawls adapted from the Spanish.  Jewelry, wooden trunks, silverwork, majolica ceramics, carved gourds, house blessing ornaments, and toys reveal not only the craftsmanship of the work, but the ways the objects function in everyday life. Also explored are Andean festival cycles with lavish costumes and a variety of masks.

 The exhibit will be accompanied by a richly illustrated 300 page catalog. Public programming related to the Andes show will take place throughout the year.

 Media Contacts

Barbara Mauldin, Curator of Latin American Art


 Steve Cantrell, PR Manager


310-3539 – cell


 The Museum of International Folk Art houses the world’s largest collection of international folk art, with ongoing exhibitions Multiple Visions: A Common Bond in the Girard Wing and Familia y Fe in the Hispanic Heritage Wing. Changing and traveling exhibitions are offered in the Bartlett Wing and exhibitions highlighting textiles are featured the Neutrogena Wing.   Lloyd’s Treasure Chest offers visitors interactive displays about collections and how museums care for collections. 

 The Museum of International Folk Art is a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

 Information for the Public

Location: The Museum of International Folk Art is located on Museum Hill™, Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail.

Contact: 505-476-1200 or

Days/Times: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

The Museum is open Mondays between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.


Sundays: New Mexico residents with I.D are admitted FREE. Students with I.D. Receive a one-dollar discount. Wednesdays: New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with I.D. are free. Adult single-museum admission is $6 for New Mexico residents, $9 for nonresidents; OR $15.00 one-day, two-museums of your choice (Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum) OR $20.00 four-day pass to five museums (includes all 4 listed above and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art). Youth 16 and under and Foundation Members always free. NM Veterans with 50% or greater disability free.

Field Trips There is no charge for educational groups attending the museum with their instructor and/or adult chaperones. Contact the Tours office by phone at (505) 476-1140 or (505) 476-1211 to arrange class/group visits to the Museum.

 Direct flights between Santa Fe, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Los Angeles are now available on American Eagle.


Related Photos

Womens Shawl
Virgin Mary
Tea Kettle and Water Heater
Woman’s Sidesaddle Stirrup
Portable Altar with Virgin de los Remedios
Portable Altar with Santiago
Group of Musicians
Market Vendors
Holy Cross
Coca Bag
Animal Collar

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