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Local & Regional Field Trips

Each year, SAR invites members on exciting trips across the Southwest. Led by scholars and experts ranging from anthropologists and archaeologists to art historians and Native American artists, each field trip offers a one-of-a kind experience. With a mix of regional day and overnight trips, there is sure to be something for everyone. Read below about this season’s mix of locations and topics.


2018 Field Trips

Make Up Time, c. 1925

Make Up Time, c. 1925, Eanger Irving Couse. Photo courtesy of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site

Taos Society of Artists

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Cost per person:
$270 (includes a $25 tax-deductible donation to SAR)

To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 22 people.

Study Leader: MaLin Wilson-Powell

The artistic culture of Taos spans centuries. However, at the turn of the twentieth century a group of adventurous-minded painters who were enchanted by the region’s unique cultures and breathtaking landscapes arrived and established a community with shared interests. Taos gave these artists, most of whom were trained in France and Germany, “exotic” material to work with, similar to the experience of Gauguin and Van Gogh, who went to Brittany and Arles to search for “pure” subject matter. The American artists looked homeward and found their subjects in New Mexico.

On this field trip, we will visit the Couse-Sharp House, which is very much as it was in 1909, when it was shared by artists Eanger Irving Couse and Joseph Sharp. We’ll have lunch in the “Mother Garden of Taos” – a heritage garden lovingly created by Virginia Couse whose blooms and vistas were often depicted in Joseph Sharp’s works. The day will also include a tour of the Blumenschein House and the Harwood Museum where we will see the great Victor Higgins painting, Winter Funeral. We also hope to have an opportunity to visit the Taos Volunteer Fire Company, which has a unique collection of work from the Taos Society of Artists. Among the collection in the firehouse, one can find many of the same names found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ernest Blumenschein, Oscar Berninghaus, Leon Gaspard, and Bert Geer Phillips. More modern celebrities also grace the walls, including R.C. Gorman and Ray Vinella. How the fire company obtained this collection will be a topic on the tour.

MaLin Wilson-Powell

MaLin Wilson-Powell

MaLin Wilson-Powell is an independent writer and curator, active in the art world since 1972. She was co-editor with Lois Rudnick of Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company: American Moderns and the West. She is the author of two additional books on New Mexico artists and co-author of six more.

Wilson-Powell has served as curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe (1977-78); assistant to photo-historian and McArthur Fellow Beaumont Newhall (1980-85); director of the Jonson Gallery (1985-1989), then the contemporary branch of the University Art Museum, University of New Mexico); and, the first curator of exhibitions and curator of art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (1999-2004).

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: Entry and guide at Couse-Sharp House, Blumenschein House, and Harwood Museum, boxed lunch (sandwich, fruit, brownie, and bottled water), transportation, guide, gratuities, and water on the bus.

Iva Honyestewa

Iva Honyestewa, 2014 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow. Photograph by William Geoghegan.

Artistry of Hopi

October 26-29, 2018

Cost per person:
Double Occupancy – $1,470 (Includes a $100 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
Single Occupancy – $1,655 (includes a $100 tax-deductible donation to SAR)

To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 22 people.

Study Leader: Bertram “Tsaava” Tsavadawa

Across three decades the IARC has hosted seventy-five Native American artists within its annual fellowship programs. Seven of these artists have come from Hopi; this trip offers a rare opportunity to peek into the working studios of three former Hopi artist fellows and see the direct impact of the IARC fellowship on their current work.

On this trip, we will see a variety of Hopi art forms. We will learn not only about how the artists create their work, but also how they are involved with their community. We will visit with Ramson Lomatewama (2005 SAR King fellow, Hopi glass and katsina artist) and Iva Honyestewa (SAR 2014 Dobkin fellow and Hopi basketweaver and figure artist) in their studios.

The ceremonial calendar is rich and full at Hopi. If we are fortunate during our visit, we may have the opportunity to witness the Basket Dance. Our Hopi guide will share the history of the Basket Dance and connect us with many of these outstanding artists.

Additional stops will be a visit to the Hubble Trading Post and a private tour of the Tawaaki petroglyph panel. Taawaki (Dawa Park) contains over 15,000 petroglyphs dating from 500 BCE to 1300 CE. This sacred site can only be visited with a Hopi certified guide and contains seventeen solar calendars.

Bertram "Tsaava" Tsavadawa

Bertram “Tsaava” Tsavadawa, Photo courtesy of Bertram Walker

Bertram “Tsaava” Tsavadawa’s birth name is Bertram Walker, and he is Hopi/Hualapai/Havasupai. He will guide you on an exclusive tour of Old Oraibi village, Daawa Petroglyphs site, and Walpi village. He will also give a lecture on Hopi ancestry, history, and present-day understandings.

Tsavadawa is from Old Oraibi village and is a member of the Piikyas Corn Clan. Upon graduating from high school, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, where he majored in museum studies. In 1991, he participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., for two weeks, earning him recognition in the 2000 Outstanding Artist & Designers of the 20th Century from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. Tsavadawa was a participant in the Katsina Carvers Convocation, hosted by SAR in 2004, which explored contemporary issues in Hopi katsina carving. Two of his carvings are housed in the Indian Arts Research Center collection.

Activity Level: Moderate

Includes: Entry and guide at the Hubble Trading Post; overnights at Hopi Cultural Center (HCC); visits to the Old Oraibi village, artist studios, and the Dawa Park; two lunches and a traditional Hopi meal; transportation, gratuities, and water on the bus.

Norris Bradbury with the “Gadget” on top of the Trinity test tower. Photo courtesy of the Atomic Heritage Foundation

Humanity’s Transition into the Atomic Age #Trinitytest

November 9-10 or November 29-30, 2018

Cost per person:
Double Occupancy – $630 (includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to SAR)
Single Occupancy – $680 (includes a $50 tax-deductible donation to SAR)

To register for this trip, click here.
Limited to 22 people.

Study Leader: Ellen Bradbury Reid

[Due to the Trinity Site’s unpredictable testing schedule, SAR has secured two potential dates for this trip. We will travel to the site on one date or the other, not both. For reservations, we invite you to submit a down payment only if you are available for either date. If you are available only on one of the two options, please contact Lindsay Archuleta to be added to a wait list ( or 505-954-7231). A final decision on the trip date will be made by September 28.]

July 16, 1945, was a day that changed the world forever. At 5:29 a.m. Mountain War Time, just minutes before sunrise, the night sky above central New Mexico was illuminated in a brilliant fireball of white light as the US military tested the world’s first atomic bomb. Called Trinity Site and located in a remote section of White Sands Missile Range, the first man-made atomic explosion sent a huge multi-colored cloud surging to an altitude of 40,000 feet. The resultant sloping crater at Trinity Site is mute evidence of humanity’s transition to the Atomic Age.

In this exclusive field trip, you will have a guided tour at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, then we’ll head south to Socorro. During this time of year there are great bird migrations and, since our group will spend the night in the area, we will be in time for a “fly in” at Bosque del Apache. Our visit to the Trinity Site the next day is unique because the site is open to the public only twice a year, but our group will be granted special access. There we will see Ground Zero and the restored McDonald Ranch, where the plutonium core was assembled and much of the filming of the explosion took place.

Ellen Bradbury Reid

Ellen Bradbury Reid

Ellen Bradbury Reid grew up in Los Alamos. She is the daughter of Edward Wilder, who worked at S-Site machining the explosive charges for the implosion detonator, which was used in the Trinity test. Her father-in-law, Norris Bradbury, ran the Trinity test and succeeded Oppenheimer as the director of Los Alamos lab. Her involvement with Los Alamos and the atomic era is extensive.

Activity Level: Easy

Includes: Overnight accommodations at Best Western Socorro Hotel and Suites, dinner, breakfast and one lunch, transportation, guide, entry fees, gratuities, and water on the bus





About SAR Field Trips

Only current SAR members may attend the School’s popular field trips, which are offered on seasonal schedules throughout the year and range from half-day trips to adventures lasting several days.  Click here to see our current list of exciting field trips for 2018.

Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle on SAR Field Trips

As part of SAR’s commitment to sustainable resource use and a healthy environment, we will no longer supply disposable water bottles during our field trips. Instead we are asking that field trip participants bring their own refillable water bottles. Additional water will be available to participants for the refilling of their bottles on full-day trips. A selection of sodas will also continue to be available on field trips.

Originally part of a stereoview, photograph courtesy Jason S. Ordaz

Trip Activity Levels

  • Easy: Limited walking. Participants must be able to get in and out of vans and walk unassisted short distances from parking areas to museums or art studios.
  • Moderate: Participants must be in good health. Activities may require walking on paved or unpaved surfaces with generally firm footing, over distances of up to 2 miles over the course of the day.
  • Strenuous: Participants must be in excellent health, extremely mobile, and accustomed to an active lifestyle. Activities may require hiking off-trail, over uneven ground with elevation changes of 500 feet, and walking the equivalent of up to 5 miles over the course of the day.

Cancellation Policy

To keep our field trips operating smoothly and fairly, SAR implements the following cancellation policy:

If an individual participant cancels, all monies will be refunded up to six weeks prior to the trip date except for any tickets already purchased, or penalties incurred from the hotel for room cancellation. The donation portion of the trip is not refundable.

In addition, if the cancellation of this individual brings the trip total to under the minimum number, then a full refund also cannot be made. At six weeks prior, no refunds will be made.

SAR reserves the right to cancel a field trip if registration is too low to make it economically viable or for other reasons, including, but not limited to: weather, safety, forest fires, unavailability of trip leader, etc. In such cases SAR will refund registrants’ fees in full. SAR also reserves the right to make changes to an advertised itinerary as circumstances require.

Click to see the archive of SAR’s Past Field Trips