The original premise in 2008 was to support regional artists by providing exhibition space at no charge. Since that time we have presented over two hundred exhibitions in the Wells Park location under the name SCA Contemporary Gallery. SCA historically has collaborated with College of Fine Arts at UNM, 516 ARTS, and the Albuquerque Museum of Art.
In 2016, SCA moved to the newly renovated, historic commercial space at 401 2nd Street SW. The original M & J’s Sanitary Tortilla Factory was a beloved restaurant for over 30 years. The restaurant fed and supported artists through frequent exhibitions of local artists. For those reasons, we felt the venture should remain called the Sanitary Tortilla Factory.
The current space has fifteen working artist studios, an 1100sf exhibition space, and a fabrication space. This is the first phase of a seven-year plan for the multi-faceted visual arts center. The final complex will feature at least twenty-artist studios, a full-sized fabrication space, and two exhibition spaces. This summer (2017), we launched the sculpture-based residency program that provides workspace, housing, and a stipend for 4-6 weeks for an artist or collaborative that culminates in a show in the gallery.
Sanitary Tortilla Factory
401 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Sheri Crider, Director
Thursdays and Fridays, 12-5pm
+ by appointment or events