We have a unique opportunity to create a research center and museum facility on this historic campus, one that offers a bold expansion. We are emerging from our roots in preserving the Couse-Sharp Historic Site to a leadership role: an arts, educational, and research organization important locally, regionally, and nationally.

Together, we will build on the solid foundation that has been laid and fulIll the vision of an entire campus dedicated to the early Taos Art Colony and the Taos Society of Artists.

Help make the vision a reality. Gifts of any amount are graciously accepted; they can be lump sum or pledged over time, and made in cash or securities. You’re welcome to make donations in your own name, in memory of loved ones, or to honor individuals or groups; these will be acknowledged publicly or anonymously, as you wish.

Join us to fulfill our Vision and make the Couse-Sharp Historic Site the center for scholarship of E. I. Couse, J. H. Sharp, and the Taos Society of Artists.

Major Gifts to The Lunder Research Center –
Major gifts create opportunities for naming rights for interior and exterior spaces in honor of the donors. If you are interested in making a gift of $50,000 to $100,000, please inquire regarding available naming opportunities.

The Ernest & Virginia Couse Leavitt Taos Society of Artists Archive – Honor Ernie and Ginnie Leavitt’s dedication to the legacy of her grandfather E. I. Couse and the entire Taos Society of Artists, and to preservation of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. Gifts of $500 to $50,000 will be given special recognition in the Research Center.

The Dean Porter Gallery – Honor Dean Porter for his scholarship and passion for the Taos Society of Artists. Gifts of $1,000 to $50,000 will be given special recognition in the Research Center.

The Steve Rose – Charlie Russell Riders Interpretive Display – In memory of Russell Riders founder Steve Rose, a leading authority on Western art, the Charlie Russell Riders Foundation has offered a generous challenge grant to The Lunder Research Center. Gifts of $1,000 to $50,000 will be given special recognition in the Research Center.

Every penny counts – No gift is too small! Gifts of any amount help us fulfill our vision.

The Couse Foundation has embarked on an $8 million campaign to bring the legacy of the Taos Society of Artists to life. This initiative will allow us to:

FUND the purchase of the Mission Gallery building and the renovation of its 5,000 square feet into a state-of-the-art research center with exhibition gallery, research library, archival and collections storage, and curatorial space

CREATE Artist-in-Residence and Scholar-in- Residence programs and expand our seasonal Student Internships

ADD key personnel to accomplish our ambitious vision, including archival, curatorial, educational, and administrative staff

EXPAND our dynamic programs, including exhibitions, tours, lectures, publications, and community events

ENSURE the long-term operation and preservation of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site for new generations of art enthusiasts, collectors, scholars, students, and community members engaged in understanding the continuing influence of the Taos Society of Artists


Our initial goal is to raise $3,000,000 to acquire and renovate the facility, and then to operate the Center for at least five years after completion. A breakdown:
     Property acquisition - $700,000
     Renovation, furnishings, equipment, landscaping - $2,000,000
     Archive and research staff and operations (5 years) - $300,000

We are proud to have The Lunder Foundation of Portland, Maine, as our lead donor with a gift of $600,000 in support of The Lunder Research Center at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. We are also pleased that our faithful donors, board of directors, and friends of The Couse Foundation have generously given $1,800,000 to the campaign in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 through the end of 2019.

We intend to build a $5,000,000 Endowment through pledges over the next 10 years, which when fully funded will provide $250,000 annually for program expenses, including preservation of our historic facilities.

We invite you to
Click here to make an online contribution
– Mail a check to PO Box 1436, Taos NM 87571
– Contact us for a personalized discussion about how you can best participate:
   admin@couse-sharp.org or 575-751-0369
Let us know about friends or associates you believe will want to be involved in this endeavor

Thank you for your support of

Statement of Purpose
Through its archives, collections, and programming, the Couse-Sharp Historic Site preserves and interprets Taos’ crossroads of cultures, promoting and facilitating research, education, and new perspectives on the Taos Society of Artists, early artists of Taos, and regional and Indigenous communities in relation to the greater story of the multicultural American West.