SITE Santa Fe was formed December 21, 1992, as a nonprofit contemporary arts organization committed to nurturing innovation, discovery, and inspiration through the art of today.
In October 2017, SITE Santa Fe welcomed audiences to a new building designed by SHoP Architects. Over the course of twelve months, SITE Santa Fe renovated and expanded its original beer-warehouse home, creating a space that has reinvented the institution and brings distinctive architecture to Santa Fe’s landscape. The new building has allowed the organization to increase its capacity to engage the city of Santa Fe and beyond with dramatic new spaces for art, programming, and gathering.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, SITE Santa Fe was forced to close its doors to the public in mid-March 2020, just as it was about to open Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis. SITE Santa Fe reopened its doors with limited capacity in September 2020.
In 2020, SITE Santa Fe marked 25 years as one of the most unique and influential contemporary art spaces in the United States, and in 2021, Louis Grachos was appointed as Phillips Executive Director. Moving forward under Louis Grachos’ leadership, SITE Santa Fe continues the strong tradition of an “artist-centric” philosophy. SITE Santa Fe provides opportunities for artists, scholars, and curators to investigate new ideas, and offers a space where audiences can experience, engage, and learn through contemporary art. As a laboratory for exploration and expansion on the definition of contemporary art, SITE Santa Fe is committed to growing its multidisciplinary public programming and will continue to present leading thinkers, artists, and practitioners engaging with contemporary culture in all disciplines.
SITE Santa Fe prioritizes ongoing evaluation to determine best practices and to effectively serve audiences through programming, staffing, and board governance. SITE Santa Fe moves forward with the belief that a multiplicity of voices is what makes a strong community and is committed to growth, ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility work, and the development of relationships, connections, and collaborations with organizations across New Mexico and beyond.
In 2011, SITE Santa Fe began a multi-year commitment to a series of linked biennial exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. Bringing new perspectives to the curatorial table and building infrastructure to support long-term research and new artist commissions, SITElines officially launched in 2014 with Unsettled Landscapes, followed by much wider than a line in 2016, and Casa tomada in 2018, each organized by a different team of curators from locations throughout the Western Hemisphere.