Axle Contemporary

A mobile gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe, New Mexico


Axle Contemporary programming is supported by Axle Projects, Inc.  Axle Projects is supported through individual donations, and grants from the City of Santa Fe's 1% Lodgers' Tax and The McCune Charitable Foundation.  This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.    Exhibitions in the Santa Fe Railyard are made possible through the support of The Railyard Art Project.  If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website here.

Axle Contemporary was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, as a collaborative work of art, and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution.  It has since grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space, and also includes forays into book publishing, web-based exhibits, and other alternative venues for expanded and creative art exhibition.  See more here.

Matthew Chase-Daniel

Jerry Wellman

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Where to find us

Our location varies, changing every day.  The note above changes daily and tells you where we are.  If you want to plan ahead, here is our general weekly route.  Call ahead as this is subject to change.  670-7612

Mon:  Closed

Tues: Farmers Market 9-12

Wed:  La Montañita 11-1

Thurs: Counter Culture 11-1

Fri: Variable

Sat: Farmers Market 9-12

Sun: Canyon Road 11-5


Our anonymous donor has selected 5 proposals which will be funded. Winning proposals will be announced at the AHA Festival today, and also here.

See the Winning Proposals here

Call for Entries

CURRENTS 2016 at Axle

Opens June 12th, 2016

Send us your proposal for New Media Art in our Mobile Gallery

More info here

Through October 12th.

Wilderness Acts

Bobbe Besold, Todd Brown, Lisa Freeman, Cheri Ibes, Caity Kennedy and Matt King, Don Kennell, Ana MacArthur, Jacqueline Mallegni, Dominique Mazeaud, Michael Motley, Mayumi Nishida, Conrad Skinner

2 Locations, 2 Exhibitions

The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Sept 28- Nov. 9

Axle Mobile Gallery

Oct 17 - Nov 6 (different artworks, same artists)

Reception for the artists
Sunday, October 19th

1-4 pm
at The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Artists are creating ephemeral sculptural artworks using natural wild-crafted materials in sites along the main path in the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega.  The artwork can be seen on-site throughout the month of October and in early November.  Visitors to the exhibition will be given a map identifying each artwork/location.

The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve is a 35-acre nature preserve located just south of Santa Fe. The preserve is adjacent to El Rancho de las Golondrinas in La Cienega. This rare natural cienega, or “marsh”, hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife.  Photos of the preserve and the evolving artworks are here.

DIRECTIONS: The preserve is located on the I-25 West Frontage Road south of Santa Fe. From I-25 take Exit 271 for “La Cienega” and turn onto West Frontage Road heading north. The parking lot entrance is 1½ miles north after turning onto West Frontage Road.  Hours: Saturdays: 9-12, Sundays: 1-4


Wilderness Acts
at The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

Sept 28- Nov. 9
Hours: Saturdays: 9-12, Sundays: 1-4
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve

We can also arrange group visits to view the exhibition at LCWP during times when preserve is normally closed.  Contact us at for more information.


Wilderness Acts
at Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery

Oct. 17 - Nov. 9 for daily location

A companion exhibition of related works by the same artists,  in the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery.

part of a new arts festival in Taos


Friday September 26th, 2014  4-10 pm

Axle Contemporary joined twenty contemporary artists for The Paseo, a unique one-night experience on the streets of Taos. The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico.

We provided potatoes, carving tools, some delicious colorful spices, and paper.  We hung the prints on the exterior of our mobile gallery, gave a print to take away, and then cut up the potato blocks and added them to our pot of soup.  Make a block print and share in the soup.

500 prints made, 200 bowls of soup served, over 1,000 visitors.