The artist colonies of Taos and Santa Fe are in themselves legends. Cultivating and inspiring modernists like Georgia O’Keeffe, some of the most important work of the 20th century was created within the Land of Enchantment.  

Nearly a century later, creators are still finding inspiration for their creative endeavors from New Mexico. Rose B. Simpson, in particular, is garnering national attention for her stunning work in ceramics. Hailing from a long line of artists, Simpson’s work leans on her deep roots in the Santa Clara Pueblo and its proximity to Española. However, it’s not just her ceramics getting national attention, her custom-made street rod “Maria” has shown in exhibitions throughout the country.  

Also making national waves is third-generation New Mexican Hannah Macpherson. The writer/director and creator of the series “T@gged” brought production back to New Mexico from the studios in Los Angeles. MacPherson is also the trailblazing creator of “Sickhouse”, the first feature film shot entirely on a social media platform (Snapchat). 

Other notable artists who have called New Mexico home are photographer Laura Gilpen, abstract artists Beatrice Mandelman and Agnes Martin, and arts patron Mabel Dodge Lujan.  

Learn more about New Mexico’s legendary artists online at The New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.