With the current exhibition,Spotlight on Gustave Baumann, and upcoming Southwestern Allure : The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony, visitors to the museum will see plenty of works by Gustave Baumann aka "Papa Gus." Gustave Baumann was a beloved member of the Santa Fe art colony and this musuem is honored to carry on his legacy. His works range from paintings to woodcuts to drawings to his ever-popular wooden marionettes. In addition to a huge collection of his artwork, the museum also has some of Baumann's personal archives. Some of the highlights of this collection include the original scripts Baumann wrote for his marionettes to perform, and rare books that were illustrated by Baumann.
The archives can only be viewed in the museum, but if you can't come here there are several other resources that you can access to learn more about Baumann's art and life. Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art and David Acton's Hand of a Craftsman are two of the most frequently used in the museum library. This museum also published two of our own books, Gustave Baumann's Southwest and The Hand-carved Marionettes of Gustave Baumann. Last but not least, the New Mexico PBS program, Colores, is always an excellent source for videos about New Mexico artists. Their video, "Hands of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist" can be viewed anytime online for free.