Sunlight/Sunshine by E. I. Couse
Couse Studio interior
Sharp Studio interior
Inside Couse Sharp Studio
Sharp Studio second floor
Tours by reservation Mon - Sat, gallery open 1 - 5 Tue - Sat
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, 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 1915 studio, restored in early 2017, now hosts a permanent rotating exhibition of his artwork, personal effects, and Native art he collected and used in his paintings.
The new, state-of-the-art Lunder Research Center at 138 Kit Carson Road has an exhibition space available Tue - Sat 1 - 5 pm except for holidays and when shows are changed. Check our website for current exhibition and schedule.
Public areas of the site can be toured by appointment, and open houses with docents in each room are held the first Saturday afternoon of each month June-October. To make an appointment, visit couse-sharp.org or call the site office.