They Came to Heal; They Stayed to Paint: The Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony

Nancy Owen Lewis

Sparks, SAR boardroom, 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

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Over a century ago, four artists came to New Mexico hoping its climate would heal their tuberculosis. Recovering sufficiently to resume their careers, Carlos Vierra, Kenneth Chapman, Gerald Cassidy, and Sheldon Parsons became the first members of Santa Fe’s fledgling art colony. This presentation examines how their experience in Santa Fe changed the art they produced and the city they now called home.

Nancy Owen Lewis has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently a scholar-in-residence at SAR. She has conducted extensive research on the health seeker movement in New Mexico and was awarded the 2013 Gilberto Espinosa Prize by the New Mexico Historical Review.

[Seating is limited to 70; please arrive early.]

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