Matt Magee’s “Recent Paintings and Sculptures”

Our show with the the Phoenix-based artist matt Magee opens Friday the 29th of August, with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 that evening.

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Matt Magee Emerald Tablet, 2014, oil on panel, 33 x 22 inches




James Drake’s “Pages” Show Reviewed in Pasatiempo

Michael Abatemarco wrote a fine review of James Drake’s current show “Pages” at James Kelly Contemporary. The review appears in today’s Pasatiempo magazine in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

2014 Pasatiempo Pages review

Victoria Sambunaris Events in Santa Fe

Victoria Sambunaris will be in Santa Fe the weekend of August 9-10 to sign her new book and deliver a lecture at Tipton Hall. Please see the Radius Books announcement for more info: 2014 Radius books events

Pard Morrison shows in Switzerland

Pard Morrison has participated in a two-man exhibition at Knoerle Baettig Contemporary in Winterthur Switzerland with artist Jay Shinn. The show will be up through the first week in August.Knoerle Baettig-Winterthur

Press for James Drake’s San Diego Show

James Drake’s show “Brain Trash”, which is an extension of the “Pages” show we have here at the gallery, garnered this review in the San Diego Union Tribune.



July 16 – August 27 2014 with an opening reception for the artist on Wednesday July 16thDRAK-29-Master-Drawings-swan-for-web

Images and press materials are available from the gallery on request

Interview with painter Matt Magee

A new interview with Matt Magee appears today in the on-line magazine “Atlas”.

JKC artists participating in the CCA’s 35th anniversary show

On Friday April 11th the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe will open “The Armory Show” featuring a wide selection of Santa Fe’s contemporary artists. Several artists from James Kelly Contemporary will be included: James Drake, Tom Joyce, Nic Nicosia, Peter Sarkisian and Susan York all have loaned artworks for this celebration of the CCA’s 35th year.

Matt Magee Speaks


Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Matt Magee

March 17, 2014, 7–8 p.m.

School of Art
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Location: Grant Street Studios, 605 E. Grant St, Phoenix, AZ
Campus: Off-campus
Cost: Free

Visiting Artist/ Scholar Talk UPDATE:

Monday, March 17 at 7p.m. at Grant Street Studios Artist Matt Magee will give a talk about his work. NOTE: This talk is in place of Superflex who are being rescheduled for later in the semester.

Matt Magee is a painter and object maker who recently moved to Phoenix from NYC where he received his MFA from Pratt Institute. He has received a number of awards including Pollock-Krasner foundation grant for painting and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant for painting. He is represented by Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston alongside artists including Jasper Johns, Kiki Smith, Cy Twombly, and Sherrie Levine (just to name a few.) He is in public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Please join us for a reception at Tee Pee Tap Room (602 East Lincoln) directly following the talk.
For more information



James Kelly Contemporary announces that the gallery has moved into new quarters in the Santa Fe Railyard.  The gallery is now located at 1611 Paseo de Peralta, which is just across Paseo de Peralta from Warehouse 21 and diagonally across from SITE Santa Fe.   We are now adjacent to the railroad tracks, and between the LewAllen Galleries and the Farmer’s Market Pavilion building.   Those familiar with the Railyard history will remember the building as being the former home of the highly regarded Box Gallery.

Having decided to relocate the gallery into smaller quarters, we were pleased to find a space that allows us to stay in the Railyard.  We are still in the process of setting up the new office and gallery, but will be open in time to participate in the Last Friday Art Walk on February 28, which is sponsored by the Railyard Arts District.

The gallery continues to represent the same fine group of artists and the exhibition programs will go forward as before.  The new location brings a revived energy to the planning and soon the 2014 exhibition schedule will be announced.

Stephen Husbands and I find great honor in the fact that all the gallery artists have given this move their whole-hearted support.


We will open a show of selected work by several gallery artists on Friday, February 28, during the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk, 5 – 7 PM.


We look forward to welcoming you to the new space.


James Kelly