The mission of the FRIENDS OF TONY PRICE is to perpetuate his artistic legacy through exhibitions, publications, scholarship, and the establishment of a permanent home for the collection.


The extant cumulation of over 165 works of Atomic Art carries a message of peace and reconciliation that is as relevant today as when they were created. While each piece is imbued with its own individual statement, Price believed that these works spoke most dynamically when experienced collectively. In accordance with his wishes to keep the entire collection intact, our vision is to create a permanent home for these masterworks where visitors can intimately assimilate their multidimensional essence. The FRIENDS OF TONY PRICE aspire to develop a reinvigorated Board to provide governance for our evolving non-profit status and the necessary project management, fundraising, and academic experience to bring this project to fruition.


Soon after Tony Price (1937-2000) arrived in New Mexico in the early 1970s, he discovered the legendary Zia Salvage Yard, which sold to the public the minacious fragments of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s nuclear weapons programs. Price repurposed these materials to create the prophetic and visionary sculpture he called Atomic Art. He summed up his alchemistic artistry this way: “It’s a little bit like sympathetic magic and how you would take an object and endow it with another type of creative energy from the purpose it was originally meant for. To take something that was really negative and build it into something positive.” Following his death, a group of his allies and patrons formed the FRIENDS OF TONY PRICE to provide stewardship for his consequential body of work and ensure that the exigent message embedded in his oeuvre remains available to future generations. The Friends have facilitated solo exhibitions, publications, and public programs at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe in 2004, the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in 2005, and Phil Space in Santa Fe in 2019-2023.

“Atomic Artist”, 1982 Documentary by Glen Silber and Claudia Vianello