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Couse-Sharp Historic Site
146 KIT CARSON RD Taos, NM 87571
North Central
(575) 751-0369

In 1915, six American-born, European-trained artists founded the Taos Society of Artists with the mission to promote the art and scenery of the American Southwest. They influenced American Southwest art then, and their influence endures today. Most of the larger museums in the Southwest currently exhibit art by the TSA artists. Today the Couse-Sharp Historic Site reflects the original goals of these artists and continues to promote their mission. The Site includes not only the home and studio of E.I. Couse, but also the garden designed by his wife, Virginia, the workshops of his son, Kibbey, and the two studios of his neighbor and fellow artist, Joseph Henry Sharp. The Site also brings to light the contributions of the Native models who sat for their paintings and the Native artists whose work was collected and used by both artists, as well as a long and interesting history of previous owners. Sharp's later studio, built in 1915, was completely restored in early 2017 and now hosts a permanent rotating exhibition of his artwork, personal effects, and Native art he collected and used in his paintings. All public areas of the site can be toured by appointment. Due to environmental constraints, areas of the Site may be closed November-April. To make an appointment, visit or call the site office.

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