Visit The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Updated on August 24, 2016
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Sign At Front Of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Sign At Front Of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

It's always a good to see the work of an artist who had a mastery of creating art. Georgia O'Keeffe was just such an artist. Her signature style produced paintings that excel with the elements of color, line, and composition. Her methods of disciplined drawing combined with artistic innovations can be experienced at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. It's a place that provides valuable insight into the artist's work and life. Visitors can see brilliant colors used in ways that make O'Keeffe's paintings unique.

Museum History

The museum is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's dedicated to preserving the memory and works of one of America's most notable female artists. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was opened in July of 1997. It was available to the public approximately eleven years after the famous artist passed away. This is the only museum in the United States created to honor an internationally-recognized American female artist.

Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe
Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe

Museum Collection

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has thousands of pieces of work done by the artist. There are more than 1,100 of her drawings, paintings as well as sculptures. The artwork dates from the early 1900s to the 1980s. This museum contains the largest collection of O'Keeffe's work found anywhere in the world. During the year, visitors to the museum can see the variety of artwork by O'Keeffe as the selections are often changed. The museum also holds exhibitions exclusively of O'Keeffe's work or with work from current modernist contemporary artists. There are also exhibitions held at the museum of art done by living artists of distinction. More than 139 artists other than O'Keeffe have been put on display at the museum. They include such notable artist as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, and others.

Photograph Of Young Georgia O'Keeffe
Photograph Of Young Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe

She was born in November of 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. O'Keeffe attended the Art Institute of Chicago and studied art. In 1916, O'Keeffe had her first gallery exhibition provided by photographer, Alfred Stieglitz. O'Keeffe and Stieglitz were married in 1924. They were a happy couple and good business partners. During this time, O'Keeffe created some of her most popular work. In 1926, it was the painting known as Black Iris, and in 1928, it was a painting called Oriental Poppies. One of her favorite places to paint during her time in New York was the Shelton Hotel. In July of 1946, Stieglitz passed away, and O'Keeffe moved to New Mexico. She fell in love with the landscape during earlier visits to the area. O'Keeffe drew inspiration from the nature she saw there. She was able to produce many well-known paintings until her death in March of 1986. O'Keeffe was ninety-eight years old.

Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe
Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe


During her early years, O'Keeffe was recognized for her stunning flower paintings and other impressive pieces of work. She is considered by many art experts to be one of the twentieth century's greatest American artists. After finishing her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, she moved to New York. While living there, she was able to study with the well-known artist William Merritt Chase and was part of the Art Students League.

Georgia O'Keeffe At Abiquiu, New Mexico
Georgia O'Keeffe At Abiquiu, New Mexico

Ghost Ranch And Abiquiu

This was a home and property located in New Mexico that O'Keeffe and her husband purchased in 1940. The Ghost Ranch was located about 60 miles northwest of the city of Santa Fe. It was a place that was surrounded by beautiful southwestern landscape. The area provided O'Keeffe inspiration for her artwork. O'Keeffe purchased a 5,000 square foot Spanish Colonial style home in 1945 located in Abiquiu, New Mexico. It was not in good shape. She spent four years restoring the home. The restoration was done by her friend Maria Chabot. O'Keeffe lived at the Ghost Ranch or Abiquiu for over 30 years. The Ghost Ranch became her home in 1949 when she moved there from New York. O'Keeffe's houses at the Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu are both currently owned and maintained by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Research Center

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's research center was open and began operating during July of 2001. It has the designation of being the only museum research center in the world used only for the study of American Modernism. The museum research center covers the late 19th century to the present. It supports research in the areas of architectural history, art history, photography, literature, and music. The museum research center also has a competitive stipend program. It annually awards six stipends to applicants who have the necessary qualification. Those who receive these stipends are able to spend up to twelve months at the research center. It is a place that makes its valued archives, library collections and more available to in-house scholars as well as researchers from around the world.

Outside Of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Outside Of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Artwork Display

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has been careful to display the artist's work in accordance with her preferences. O'Keeffe wanted her work shown in simple, reductive, and elegant spaces. She wanted them placed on walls that were pearl gray or white. O'Keeffe wanted as little signage as possible. There was to be no wall text. The frames used for her artwork had to be non-intrusive and elegant. These standards are followed by museums and galleries around the world that display O'Keeffe's work.

Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe
Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe


The work done by Georgia O'Keeffe has been popular in the world of art for a number of decades. It is easily recognized in the United States and around the world. There are hundreds of examples of her work in dozens of public collections available internationally. They can be found in collections in North and Central America as well as Europe and Asia. When O'Keeffe passed away in 1986, over half of her lifetime work, consisting of thousands of pieces of work, was owned by O'Keeffe when she died. She saved a number pieces of her work to document her art career. She preserved samples of her work done on canvas as well as board. O'Keeffe also was very adept at working on paper supports. She created art with watercolor, pastels as well as charcoals. O'Keeffe's goal was always to save the work that defined her as an artist.

Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe
Painting By Georgia O'Keeffe

Body Of Work

The museum is dedicated to perpetuating the art legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe. During her life, Georgia O'Keeffe created a body of work that is impressive with its clean lines and precision as well as its elegant aesthetics. Her definitive style was a way people recognized her work. It represented O'Keeffe, and this style was used by her to promote the uniqueness of her artwork. The images she created during her life were impressive. They consisted of large-scale abstractions of nature and more. Her subjects included bones, flowers, shells rocks, leaves and other things natural items. In her paintings, O'Keeffe was able to capture the unique colors, shapes, landscapes and architecture of northern New Mexico.

Georgia O'Keeffe Painting
Georgia O'Keeffe Painting
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Information
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Information

Contact Information


  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • 217 Johnson Street
  • Santa Fe, NM 87501

Museum Hours:

Open Daily

  • Sunday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Monday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Tuesday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM

Phone: 505-946-1000

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