Museum of New Mexico Foundation (Santa Fe, NM)

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An older docent stands to the right of an intricately designed glass platter in an exhibit case.

The Museum of New Mexico’s TREX program offers high quality exhibitions for touring throughout the United States, such as Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica, exhibited here at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in September 2004. Photo courtesy of University of Arizona and Museum of New Mexico

The Museum of New Mexico Foundation is a nonprofit organization, governed by a board of trustees, that provides essential philanthropic and financial support for the Museum of New Mexico system and the museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program (TREX). TREX exhibitions feature the unique arts and cultures of the Southwest, serving museums nationally and internationally.

In FY 2004, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation received an NEA Challenge America grant of $20,000 to support TREX in the development of new exhibitions and new ways to make them more accessible using the Internet. TREX circulates exhibitions from the museum collections and on loan to the museum and develops new traveling exhibitions in conjunction with other branches of the museum system. The traveling exhibition program is the oldest such program in the United States, having been founded in 1909.

In 2004, TREX offered 12 exhibitions for booking, including Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica, which explores the rich history and culture of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas through the art form of mayólica, tin-enameled earthenware; Stories Untold: Jewish Pioneer Women, 1850-1910, the Art of Andrea Kalinowski, in which the contemporary artist uses a mixed-media approach to tell stories of Jewish women’s lives on the Western frontier; and Gone: Photographs of Abandonment on the High Plains, which shows noted photographer Steve Fitch’s images of abandoned buildings along the Great Plains. All TREX exhibitions include resource guides, interpretive components, and publications that enhance educational impact and community outreach efforts.