Lane Coulter and Jan Brooks share long careers as college professors and studio metalsmiths actively teaching, lecturing and exhibiting their work in museums and executing commissions. They share a mutual passion for the history of material culture and regional decorative arts and have nearly forty years of experience researching and selling antiquities.
Lane taught metalsmithing and Native American Art History at the University of Oklahoma and the Institute of American Indian Arts while Jan taught metalsmithing at Southern Illinois University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she also ran the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Rowe Art Gallery.
After moving to Santa Fe in the early 1980s, Lane began doing antiquities shows and supplied inventory to retail galleries while furthering his study of New Mexican tinwork, santos and furniture. Jan relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1995 and has played a supporting role in the business while working in organized philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Coulter-Brooks Art & Antiques hosts an inventory of Native American items including Navajo and Pueblo weaving, jewelry and objects. The inventory represents an equal emphasis on the furnishings and devotional art of Spanish New Mexico including tinwork, bultos, retablos and furniture from the Colonial through the WPA era. Regional painting and prints related to New Mexico and the interior West are also a consistent interest along with books and publications on the region’s art history, material culture and decorative arts. Lane Coulter and Jan Brooks have a long interest in the historic architecture of Spanish New Mexico and in supplying period furnishings, lighting and authentic accent pieces that represent the region’s diverse cultural expression.
Lane Coulter and Jan Brooks are featured in the Winter 2012 issue of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association Journal. We are grateful to ATADA Executive Director Alice Kauffman for the lively conversation we had with her and are humbled by this opportunity to share our personal and professional history.
The Gallery is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year!