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Santa Fe, NM is a remarkable place — the oldest established Capital City in all of the United States of America. With so much history, it can be easy to overlook some phenomenal locations. Although COVID has altered business hours, social interactions, and potential “must-see” locations, we wanted to provide you with a few fun and interesting places that you still HAVE TO visit!
For this blog, we will be talking about the Allan Houser Sculpture Garden & Gallery!
Who is Allan Houser?
Allan Houser is a nationally recognized artist and visionary in the art community. Although his life stretched from 1914 to 1994, his unique and brazen art influence lives on endlessly through the vivid and rich minds of young artists. Santa Fe hosts two beautiful galleries dedicated to showcasing Mr. Houser’s historic artwork; one is an outside Sculpture Garden on Haozous Rd, and the other is a gallery to spotlight his smaller creations.
Allan Houser, born Allan Capron Haozous on June 30, 1914, belonged to the Chiricahua Apache tribe – hunter gatherers who roamed from northern Mexico to New Mexico. Houser states that his In 1934, Houser dove headfirst into creating art when he joined a Painting School at the Santa Fe Indian School. His upbringing greatly influenced his art as he began creating. Allan Houser said this:
“I was twenty years old when I finally decided that I really wanted to paint. I had learned a great deal about my tribal customs from my father and my mother, and the more I learned the more I wanted to put it down on canvas. That’s pretty much how it started.”
After moving to Los Angeles in 1942, Houser began a short career as a pipefitter’s assistant. His devotion and curiosity towards art inevitably drew him back to sculpting and creating in 1948. For 11 years, Houser taught as an art teacher, while also creating his own legendary pieces of art.
Allan Houser took an opportunity to join the faculty of the Institute of American Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico; he boldly set up the sculpture department at the facility. At age 61, Houser retired from teaching and directed his full focus to creating.
Countless medals, honors, and awards were befittingly granted to Allan Houser for his outstanding impact on the community. He passed away in 1994, leaving a legacy through his art. His work eternally influences artists around the world, and we are honored to talk about his influences in this blog!
Where can I see his work?
Allan Houser Sculpture Park
26 Haozous Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508
The Sculpture Garden is a 12+ acre stretch of land that can be found about 25 minutes through southern Santa Fe County. This venue boasts over 70 historical pieces of art created by Mr. Houser, stunning mountain views amidst our beautiful New Mexico skies.
Allan Houser Sculpture Park is open by appointment only; the current touring schedules are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. Please call (505) 471-1528 to schedule a tour, event, or to shop in the on-site gallery.
Allan Houser Gallery
125 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 112, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Allan Houser Gallery hosts hundreds of smaller sculptures, painting, and drawings that ran through the hands of the namesake, Allan Houser. This remarkable exhibit is just steps from the Historic Santa Fe Plaza.