Spanish colonial art includes paintings, sculpture and decorative objects produced across one and a half continents, from Mexico down to South America, over a period of about 330 years. All art and objects from this region that precede Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492, marking the beginning of the European con-quest, are termed pre-Colombian. To the Spaniards in sixteenth-century New Spain, converting the newly conquered indigenous people to Christianity was of primary importance. For both mendicant friars and conquistadors to justify their continued presence in the Americas and receive royal subsidies, they had to demonstrate that the program of conversion was working. This resulted in a virtual explosion of artistic activity, both visual and architectural. However, the artists of the Americas were not mere copyists. Even as they used newly introduced European images as their models, they brought a centuries-old indigenous sensibility to their work. So please join us for this special collection of Spanish Colonial artwork. Our special thanks go out to collectors Dan Fout & Linda Scott for providing a majority of the pieces in this unique exhibition.