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The Taos Arts Council has enhanced their social media vector Instagram.
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As the Taos Arts Council's newly established Instagram account grows in popularity and reach, we have begun adding more colorful content promoting various Taos Artists with additional hashtags, linkage and description. As of this date (November 3, 2020) we have 376 followers, 83 posts and follow 125 accounts and growing weekly.

Shown here a sample post about Max Jones, a local artist and the accompanying information for example.

Art Banner Artist @maxjonesartist working of his Maxterpieces

Re-Posted• @maxjonesartist I’ve been busy in the studio working on brand new Maxterpieces! This collection reminds me of the Disney glasses they used to have at McDonalds. You gotta get a whole set! New pieces are now framed, hanging, and on the gallery online store!
#art #artist #artcollector#abstractart #abstract#abstractartist #americanartist#taosartist #maxjonesartist#maxjonesart #maxjones



In coordination and association with Western Gallery of Austin, Texas, The Taos Arts Council is pleased to announce our Call For Entry for Taos Art!

Taos Today is an online, juried exhibition and sale highlighting the art and artists hailing from Taos—one of the world's most important art centers—hosted by Western Gallery and sponsored by the Taos Arts Council.

Art will be juried into the show and sale in styles ranging from abstract to photorealistic and classic to contemporary based on clarity of the artists' viewpoint and the quality of the work. All mediums are welcome. All submissions should be available for both digital display in an online exhibition, and physical delivery in the event of sale. The Call will be accepting up to 250 artist submissions, with each submission allowing 1 - 3 pieces for jury selection.

Entries are accepted Aug. 14 until Sep. 21. Exhibition and sale runs from Nov. 6, 2020 through Jan. 5, 2021.
Artist must be a Taos County resident at least a portion of the year.

To Enter: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8024

Complete this CaFE Call For Entry. Please include: Image of work, dimensions, medium, submitting Gallery/Artist, Artist name, bio, URLs (artist and gallery websites, Instagram, FB, etc), Taos County address.


(Taos, NM, September 19, 2018) In conjunction with its fifth year serving Taos and the northern New Mexico arts community, the Taos Arts Council (TAC) has adopted a new logo and campaign theme.

Paul Figueroa, President of the TAC, said, “We are very proud of the success of our organization. The introduction of the new logo represents an important next step in our growth.” Figueroa continues, “We believe that the logo will help to enhance our visibility not only in the arts community but also the community-at-large allowing us to forward our vision of sustaining an active, vibrant, and vital environment for the arts to flourish in northern New Mexico.”

According to the logo’s designer and fellow TAC board member, Jules Epstein, the logo evolved from the concept of four stylized hands, representing creative expression in each of the arts – visual, musical, performing and literary – woven together as one. The shape lends a nod to the Zia, the symbol that has become so synonymous with New Mexico. The turquoise line evokes the image of the Rio Grande through the gorge and the luminous coral center is representative of the power of the individual and seed of creation.

“We thought it appropriate to introduce our new image during Taos Fall Arts Festival week underscoring our commitment to the arts in Taos and beyond,” said Figueroa. 

In addition to the logo, the TAC is launching a new campaign theme:


“These three simple, yet powerful, words embody the very essence of the arts, its artists and performers. The final of the three, ‘appreciate’, addresses the vital importance of the audience,” Epstein said and added, “the absence of which would call into question the validity of the other two.” The mission of the Taos Arts Council is to be an advocate for furthering creative expression and its appreciation throughout Taos County and northern New Mexico with the goal of enhancing the quality of life in our community. To achieve its mission, the TAC will promote the awareness of artists and artisans of all disciplines as well as the region’s many venues for performance and exhibition; provide a common conduit for furthering the coordination of, and cooperation between, the many independent arts voices in the community; and champion all reasonable efforts to sustain an active, vibrant, and vital environment for the arts.

The Taos Arts Council is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization incorporated in 2012 and supported by NM state and local grants as well as the generous donations of area business and individuals. To learn more about the Taos Arts Council and how to get involved, visit their website at www.TaosArtsCouncil.org or visit them on Facebook at

The Taos Arts Council announces that the winner of the R. C. Gorman lithograph benefit drawing is Janet Webb of Taos.
The lithograph was donated by the R. C. Gorman Estate with framing by Zia custom frame (117 Alexander St. Taos, New Mexico 87571 - Phone (505) 758-3770).

Thanks to everyone who attended the benefit event and purchase tickets.


The raffle was held after the recent event R.C. Gorman Days: Friday and Saturday, July 27 -28, 2018.

The event was quite successful, well attended with positive response and the TAC is planning on an expanded event next year celebrating the artist RC Groman and his impact on modern Native American Art. In 2019, the expanded event is being currently visualized as a 'Platform for contemporary Native American art with focus on six northern New Mexico Pueblos.' This includes engaging a conversation with Taos Pueblo and working in collaboration with area museums such as  (i.e. Couse-Sharp, MRM, Blumenschein Home and Museum) with Pueblo collections/programs. The general theme being considered is 'Past & Present', and may involve museum related programs/tours.

Ideas to open the event are Dancers for the opening ceremony, or a similar opening blessing or ceremony, or gallery opening. The main event may also involve walking tours (Ledoux Street), additional dances or blessings, presentations, retrospectives, another raffle, catering and similar activities. Curators for the event currently involved are Gregory Farah (FaraHNHeight gallery) and Michael Gorman (Michael Gorman Gallery) and would be working with the selection of artists being considered under the theme 'homage to RC'.

The TAC has identified possible funding sources being from internal sources, Taos County or additional grants. Promotion may involve the Town of Taos, taos.org and Waite & Company, along with Taos Magazine, Tempo and Calendar plus social media. The event in 2019 is tentatively scheduled for Friday July 26-Sunday July 28, 2019 and may be expanded to three days with partnerships museums/programs.

For more information, please contact the TAC at info@taosartscouncil.org or 575-779-8579.


The Taos Arts Council, a 501(c)(3),  promotes awareness, understanding and appreciation of all of the creative arts and is an advocate to the artists and arts organizations in Taos County and northern New Mexico.

The Taos Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to nominate Peter Chinni for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

This renowned artist will be turning 90 on March 21, and the Taos Arts Council is planning to honor him at the Inaugural TAC Gala dinner (March 25) as our nominee for the Governor’s Award. Chinni’s career spans over 70 years, and his work is as fresh and exciting as any artist we have ever seen.

Sun Circles 3

Peter Chinni’s art has always been original and dynamic. He has inspired numerous artists of Taos and beyond in seeking their own path to creativity. Whether at a local restaurant or an art opening, his persona, always gentle and kind, radiates with the aura of the consummate artist.

Peter Chinni relocated to Taos in 2003 and has been focused as a sculptor for over 50 years. At 90 years of age, he continues to work every day in his studio, creating with an imagination he still retains from his youth. He is vibrant and living proof that old age is a state of mind he has never adopted. He still views the world and his surroundings with fresh eyes.

Ancient Mask 2016

Taos is considered an artist colony in New Mexico, rich in artists of one kind or another, but there are only a handful of artists that come close in caliber, experience, and worldwide recognition to Peter Chinni. He truly is a Taos treasure and now should be recognized as an artistic treasure of excellence in the arts in the state of New Mexico.

(From his website) At 89, Peter Chinni has enjoyed a distinguished career that began in the 1950’s and spans two continents. Born to Calabrian immigrant parents in Mount Kisco, New York in 1928, Chinni studied at the Art Students League in New York where he caught the attention of the great Italian critic and art historian, Lionello Venturi. With Venturi’s endorsement, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, studying painting and portraiture. In 1949, he left the Accademia to study privately with painter Felice Casorati in Turin and later with the cubist sculptor Roberto Melli in Rome.

You can read the remainder of his bio and see his body of recent work on his website - http://peterchinni.com/about-forte/

The Tac Arts Council recent project with the Teen Arts Club Studio Exhibition was included in the December edition of the BeyondTaos Newsletter.

Below is an image or you can see the active page here.


beyond taos art calendar december

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has recently released its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. We also have a free, interactive, national arts vibrancy county heat map. The National Association of Counties contributed an article about it for our blog recently, as well as Franklin County, OH. The relevance and contributions of arts and culture to every-day life and community economies are real and provide Americans a rich artistic and cultural legacy. We’re thrilled to celebrate arts vibrancy in communities large and small across the country.

Below is a screen shot of our interactive arts vibrancy county heat map. We provide scores for every county's Arts Dollars, Arts Providers, Government Support, Socio-economic and Other Leisure characteristics.

We invite you to contribute a short article (3-500 words) for our blog. How do you support or promote arts and culture? What makes the arts vibrant in your community? What are the cultural assets in Taos County? What are the challenges to maintaining or growing a vibrant cultural community? What does the future look like? How might you use our heat map in your work? These may be some questions to consider when writing something for us, but you may have other things to share that are more important to you.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your consideration.


National Center for Arts Research

SMU / Meadows School of the Arts

Taos Arts Council Featured First in 'This Month In Taos, July 2017 Newsletter'

Taos Art Council,

June 6, 2017

The Taos County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and at that time reviewed the recommendations made by the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board for the 2017-2018 Grant proposals.

The Taos County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendations and your organization has been awarded the amount of $2,500.00 for the 2017-2018 grants. Legal will be working on the contracts sometime in the next couple of months and will contact you as soon as the contract is ready for your signature.

Keep in mind that once the contract is signed you can submit your advertising receipts and cancelled checks for reimbursement to myself, the Lodger’s Tax Secretary, Ms. Valerie Montoya at 105 Albright St. Suite D, Taos, NM 87571 or by email. Also, the receipts and cancelled checks must be dated after June 6, 2017 in order to get reimbursement.

Also please email me at valerie.montoya@taoscounty.org with your email address so I can provide the Taos County logo and the wording that is required on all advertisements if you don’t already have it. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.


Valerie Montoya
Chief Deputy Clerk
105 Albright St Suite D
Taos, NM 87571
(575)737-6387 Direct
(575)737-6380 Main
(575)737-6406 Fax