• The Couse Home, Studio, and Garden from the south

    The Couse Home, Studio, and Garden from the south

  • E.I. Couse in his studio at work on San Juan Pottery, 1911. Couse first came to Taos in 1902, at the suggestion of Ernest Blumenschein.

    E.I. Couse in his studio at work on San Juan Pottery, 1911. Couse first came to Taos in 1902, at the suggestion of Ernest Blumenschein.

  • The Couse studio, virtually intact, as he left it in 1936.

    The Couse studio, virtually intact, as he left it in 1936.

  • J.H. Sharp and his wife Louise with E. I. Couse’s grandchildren, Virginia and Irving.

    J.H. Sharp and his wife Louise with E. I. Couse’s grandchildren, Virginia and Irving.

  • J.H. Sharp in his studio, 1946. Sharp was the first to come to Taos, in 1893, and eventually built this studio.

    J.H. Sharp in his studio, 1946. Sharp was the first to come to Taos, in 1893, and eventually built this studio.

  • Sharp’s 1915 Studio was restored in 2017 and hosts a permanent rotation exhibition of his work, collections, and ephemera

    Sharp’s 1915 Studio was restored in 2017 and hosts a permanent rotation exhibition of his work, collections, and ephemera

  • Kibbey Whitman Couse, the only child of E.I. Couse and his wife Virginia, was a noted inventor.

    Kibbey Whitman Couse, the only child of E.I. Couse and his wife Virginia, was a noted inventor.

  • Kibbey Couse’s machine shop on the Couse–Sharp Historic Site.

    Kibbey Couse’s machine shop on the Couse–Sharp Historic Site.

  • E.I. Couse with his grandchildren, Virginia and Irving. Virginia Couse Leavitt became a guiding force of the Couse Foundation.

    E.I. Couse with his grandchildren, Virginia and Irving. Virginia Couse Leavitt became a guiding force of the Couse Foundation.

  • Virginia Couse Leavitt, E.I.’s granddaughter, and her late husband, Ernest Leavitt. Visionary custodians of a unique legacy.

    Virginia Couse Leavitt, E.I.’s granddaughter, and her late husband, Ernest Leavitt. Visionary custodians of a unique legacy.

See where the Taos Society of Artists began: Couse-Sharp Historic Site

The 2+ acre campus in the heart of Taos’ central historic district features the former homes and studios of E. I. Couse and J. H. Sharp, two of the American-born, European-trained artists who formed the TSA in 1915. Visitors are astonished that such a well-preserved—and charming—complex of period buildings, gardens, furnishings, and associated art collections still exists. We invite you to peruse our website to get a feel for the amazing range of history, culture, architecture, science, and art at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

Our current Glimpses of the Past exhibition has open hours, but access to the historic site is by docent-led tour only. We are currently on hiatus for site tours. We will resume site tours March 15, 2022. Find out all the details on our Tours page.

NOTICE: TEMPORARY CLOSURE

Our Glimpses of the Past exhibition in The Lunder Research Center was scheduled to open Thursday, January 13. However, due to a huge spike in COVID cases in our area, we will be closed to the public through at least January 24. We regret any inconvenience. Watch this site for notice of opening or further closure.

We are fully complying with public health guidelines. Currently, everyone must wear masks on the property and preserve distance from docents, staff and unrelated parties. We continue to monitor regulations and official guidance and will amend our protocols as warranted. Click here to see the full protocol. Thank you for your cooperation in New Mexico's public health efforts.

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Our current Lunder Research Center exhibition, Glimpses of the Past: Historic New Mexico Prints 1880-1950  presents a significant collection of graphic media focusing on northern New Mexico, most never before seen by the public.

Open hours are noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Find out more on the exhibition page or view the works online at GlimpsesofthePast.org

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The first exhibition in the Dean Porter Gallery of The Lunder Research Center was Resurgence: Mark Maggiori Portraits from E. I. Couse’s Pueblo Photos. Explore the works at ResurgenceMaggiori.com and purchase the exhibition poster (seen at right).

The E.I. Couse Original Contact Print Collection that Mark drew from for these works has been digitized thanks to an National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is accessible online through New Mexico Digital Collections.

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Selections from our 2020 seasonal exhibition, Stitched in Sovereignty: Contemporary Beadwork from Indigenous North America, are available online, along with video chats with guest curator Chelsea Herr and several of the artists. Visit StitchedinSovereignty.org

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Upcoming Events

Open hours for Glimpses of the Past exhibition

Open hours for Glimpses of the Past exhibition

Thursday, January 13 - Saturday, February 26, 2022, noon - 4 pm
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