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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What would you do with $10 to change the world, or to change your world?

An anonymous donor has created this project. Send your submission/proposal answering the above question (one page maximum) to by Labor Day, September 1st. at midnight.  Free to apply! The donor will select 5 proposals which will be funded. Winning proposals will be announced at the AHA Festival on September 14th, and featured on the Axle Contemporary website.




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


Ten Dollars, Ten Cents, Ten Minutes

Burning Books (Michael Sumner and Melody Sumner Carnahan) are selling ten-dollar bills for a dime. One per customer. While supply lasts. Payment in dimes only.  during the AHA Festival in the Santa Fe Railyard on September 14th.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Economologies, an art exhibition

In the mobile gallery will be Economologies, an exhibition by artists who make art about money, economics and ecology.  With: Chad Person, Jamison Chas. Banks, David Rudolph, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Jennifer Joseph, David Sloan, Chris Collins, Jerry Wellman, Nova Cynthia Barker, Richard Lowenberg, Susan Case, Nancy Ziegler Nodelman, and Jonathan Blaustein.  Exhibition opens in the mobile gallery, on the street, in front of SITE Santa Fe, August 22nd, 5-7pm.  Rudolph's Big Money will be outdoors in front of Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo De Peralta).  Exhibition continues through September 15th.  Images here.


Community Supported Art: Apparel

Inspired by Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is  Community Supported Art: Apparel:  Axle Contemporary is producing a subscription-only series of 4 limited-edition t-shirts, each by a different New Mexico-based artist.   Each will be screen-printed by Axle Contemporary on the front.  Monochrome images only.  We will select 4 artworks from the images submitted.    One will be released each quarter over the course of a year, beginning in December, 2014. Royalties to artists will be determined based on the number of subscribers to the series. Deadline for submissions is September 15.  New Mexico-based artists only.  Send images or website links and contact information to


Dollar Distribution

Dollar Distribution is a financial intervention by Matthew Chase-Daniel. Crowdsourced fundraising has yielded 1,500 individual dollar bills which will be left on the streets of Santa Fe from August 20 - September 15. The bills will be distributed, at random throughout the city, one at a time, left on street corners and sidewalks, on the floors of local businesses, in shirt pockets at clothing stores, in front yards, and countless other locations. Photos of the bills in their locations can be seen on the Twitter feed DOLLARxDOLLAR: and on Facebook here. More info here.


Creative Approaches for Economics, Ecology, and Life

A Roundtable Discussion

Happened Already,  Wed., August 27th, at 7:00 pm at The Santa Fe Art Institute

 More info here.


Moneyless Yard Sale

Jerry Wellman’s Moneyless Yard Sale.  See photos here.


Symposium: Evolving Intentions in Public Art 

 More info here.




Tuesday, August 19

Dollar Distribution: Dollar bills distribution: August  20-September 14, 1,500 locations

Fri. , August 22,  5-7 pm

Opening of Economologies, exhibition in Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery

Paseo de Peralta, in front of SITE

exhibition continues through September 14th

August 22- September 15

David Rudolph's Big Money, 14' x 7' steel sculpture, Warehouse 21

Wednesday, August 27th, 7:00 pm

Creative Approaches for Economics, Ecology, and Life: a Roundtable Discussion

at The Santa Fe Art Institute, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive

September 1

Nanogrants, deadline for submission of proposals.

Saturday, September 6th,

10am - 3pm

Moneyless Yard Sale

Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail

Saturday, September 13th

9am-1pm presentations, 3:00-5:30pm discussion

Symposium: Evolving Intentions in Public Art

Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail

Sunday, September 14th

at the AHA Festival, Railyard

Ten Dollars, Ten Cents, Ten Minutes

and announcement of Nanogrants recipients

September 15th

Community Supported Art: Apparel, deadline for submissions

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

August 19 - September 14, 2014

This series explores art and action related to the ecology of economies, art related to money, innovative and creative approaches to economics, and interrelations between the fields of economics and ecology. The series includes an exhibition of visual art, roundtable discussions, performances, and installations. We aim to encourage a conversation around the intersections of economics, ecology and art, including critical commentary and new approaches and alternatives to the status quo.

Listen To The Julia Goldberg Show w/ Jerry & Matthew about

Listen To Kathryn Davis and Matthew on ArtBeat Radio about Economologies. here.