Why does Holt/Smithson Foundation exist? 

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson transformed the world of art and ideas. Holt/Smithson Foundation develops their distinctive creative legacies.

Holt and Smithson recalibrated the limits of art, changing what art can be and where art can be found. Their art, writings, and ideas built the ground from which contemporary art has grown. 

Our ambition is to become the hub of all things Holt and Smithson.

Collaborating with artists, writers, thinkers, and institutions we realize exhibitions, publish books, initiate artist commissions, program educational events, encourage research, and develop collections globally from our headquarters in New Mexico.

Holt/Smithson Foundation was willed into being by Nancy Holt in 2014. We plan to terminate in 2038, a century after Nancy Holt (1938-2014) and Robert Smithson (1938-1973) were born.

Where is Holt/Smithson Foundation located? 

Holt/Smithson Foundation is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Who should I contact regarding exhibitions?

Please contact our Program Manager, William T. Carson.

Email: wtc@holtsmithsonfoundation.org

I would like to obtain permission to reproduce an image of Nancy Holt and/or Robert Smithson's artwork. Who should I contact?

Please reach out to Artists Rights Society for image rights and reproduction.

I would like to screen one of Nancy Holt and/or Robert Smithson's films. Who should I contact?

Please reach out to Electronic Arts Intermix for film screening rights.

I would like to obtain permission to reproduce a text written by Nancy Holt and/or Robert Smithson.  Who should I contact?

Reproduction requests for texts written by Holt and Smithson will be considered on a case by case basis. For all text reproduction requests, please reach out to our Program Manager, William T. Carson. 

Email: wtc@holtsmithsonfoundation.org

Where are the Archives of Holt and Smithson held?

The papers of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are a part of the Archives of American Art.

How do I visit Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels?

This page on the Dia website has excellent information on planning a trip to Sun Tunnels.

Who owns Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels (1973-76)?

Sun Tunnels joined the collection of the Dia Art Foundation in March of 2018.  This acquisition was facilitated by Holt/Smithson Foundation and was the first permanent work of Land art to join Dia’s collection since 1999, when Nancy Holt facilitated the donation of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty  to Dia.

How do I visit Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty?

This page on the Dia website has excellent information on planning a trip to Spiral Jetty.

Who owns Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (1973)?

Spiral Jetty is owned and stewarded by Dia Art Foundation. Through the generosity of Nancy Holt and the Estate of Robert Smithson, the artwork was donated to Dia Art Foundation in 1999.

How do I visit Robert Smithson's Amarillo Ramp?

Amarillo Ramp is on private land and all visits to the site must be arranged beforehand. All visits to Amarillo Ramp must be scheduled at least one week in advance.  Additionally, please note that there is the possibility that the visit may need to be rescheduled or canceled due to rain and mud at the site.

Email ar@holtsmithsonfoundation.org to schedule a visit. 

How do I visit Robert Smithson's Broken Circle/Spiral Hill?

In 2020 there are four Open Days to visit Broken Circle/Spiral Hill.  Please visit this page to learn more and reserve your spot.

Does Holt/Smithson Foundation authenticate works by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson?  


Does Holt/Smithson Foundation provide grants?

No, Holt/Smithson Foundation does not have a grant-giving program and does not accept unsolicited grant applications.