The Allan Houser Gallery and Sculpture Garden are located in the scenic, rolling hills south of Santa Fe. As first conceived 25 years ago, Mr. Houser bought land with the intention of creating a place to work after his retirement from teaching. Starting with a studio, the compound expanded over the years to encompass residences, gallery space, a dance ground, an amphitheatre, and a 10-acre sculpture garden. Carrying on the tradition after Mr. Houser's death in 1994, his family developed the compound into a place to beautifully exhibit his work. Today, the compound includes the sculpture garden and two indoor gallery spaces, which contain an inventory of 150 works. The dance grounds and amphitheatre are used for special occasions. A full service foundry was added in 1996. For more information, contact us.
World-renowned Native American sculptor, Allan Houser was born in Apache, Oklahoma in 1914. As a child he worked on the family farm until he had a chance to fulfill a passion for art. In 1934 he went to the Santa Fe Indian School, where he excelled in painting, and learned other media. By the late 1930's he was awarded commissions to paint murals, some in Washington DC. In 1939, he married Anna Marie and raised five children. In 1948 he was commissioned to do a major marble piece at the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. He subsequently illustrated nine children's books. Soon after, he and his family moved to Brigham City, Utah where he taught art at the Intermountain School. In 1962 he moved to Santa Fe to teach sculpture at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Over the next 13 years, he became known for his sculptures in wood, stone and bronze. Retiring in 1975, he devoted the rest of his life to his art. Although concentrating on sculpture, he never gave up his passion to draw and paint. Allan Houser died in 1994.
After Allan Houser's death in 1994, the family decided to finish casting out the editions that he had started during his life. Within a short time it was obvious that the best way to control the high quality demanded by Mr. Houser's work was to produce the pieces themselves. Over the next two years, the studio was transformed and new buildings added, establishing a full service foundry. In 1996 the foundry was completed and an experienced crew was hired. Since then the foundry has completed many of these editions, and in 2002 a decision was made to allow outside artists to cast their work at the Allan Houser Foundry. The Allan Houser Foundry is a full service, ceramic shell foundry, completing quality work from the mold through the patina. It includes enlarging and fabrication departments. The crew itself has more than 150 years of combined experience in foundry work.
Allan Houser Foundation
The Allan Houser Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed for the promotion of the artistic legacy of Allan Houser through education, promotion and showing of his artwork. Conceived by Allan Houser in the early 1990's and continued after his death by his family, the Allan Houser Foundation continues to implement his wishes.