About

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Mission

The Harwood Museum of Art celebrates Taos’ artistic legacy, cultivates current connections through art, and inspires a creative future.

Vision

The Harwood Museum of Art inspires a thriving creative community connected through excellence in the arts.

Our Values

The Harwood Museum of Art’s values reflect who we are and what we stand for:

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Community

Collaborating with community to create exhibitions and programs that are relevant, responsive, and impactful
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Excellence

Providing superb exhibitions, learning and visitor experiences while maintaining ethical AAM-accredited standards with transparency, integrity, and impact
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Inclusivity

Inviting and fostering diverse creative voices, providing a respectful and supportive environment, and building bridges that expand access to art
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Stewardship

Caring for and sharing Taos’ art history through our collections, exhibitions and historic buildings as well as fostering future excellence in the arts

Objects in Collection

Years of Taos Area Art

Artists Represented

Years Serving Taos Community

Our History

Since 1916, when Burt and Lucy Harwood first purchased the property at the end of historic Ledoux Street, art and education have been the soul of the Harwood experience. In 1923, Lucy Harwood established the Harwood Foundation, making us the second oldest museum in New Mexico. Beginning in 1929, we served as the University of New Mexico’s Art Field School.

In 1935, the Harwood was gifted to the University. In 1937 we were a WPA workshop for woodcarving and tinwork. And in 1938, a Spanish Revival style addition designed by renowned architect John Gaw Meem transformed the Harwood into a cultural center. We were the public library of Taos from 1937 to 1996. In 1997 and 2010, major renovations transformed us into the premier art museum in Taos including the addition of the world-famous Agnes Martin Gallery and subsequently the addition of the Arthur Bell Auditorium. Today the Harwood is recognized as the leading art museum in the region.

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