The Tia Collection of Santa Fe, NM was created with the exclusive intent to share an individual collector’s love for art across a variety of genres. The collection is curated and administered by Laura Finley Smith who works closely with the anonymous collector to continuously add to the Tia collection, and also with institutions to generously share the eclectic holdings of outstanding artists’ works.
Allied presents works from the Tia Collection “paired” with those from the OJAC. The connections between the works range from blatant to subtle. At times, works are paired by artist from different cultures or eras who investigate similar themes, or present works that elicit similar modes through formal devices. Other times, the juxtapositions can involve artists who use traditional approaches to image creation with those who use unconventional media.
Regardless of the viewer’s pictorial or thematic discoveries, an appreciation and recognition of connections between two seemingly dissimilar collections emphasize that both are generous gifts for audiences to contemplate and enjoy.