Lectures & Articles

Clearing Customs/Coyota

“When Life Gives You Bad Cops, Write a Novel”. Presented at The New Mexico and Colorado Presswomen’s Association, Taos, NM; PEN New Mexico Writer’s Roundtable, Santa Fe, NM; Croak and Dagger, the Albuquerque Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

As an avid collector of Latin American folk art, Martha Egan has presented many lectures on aspects of collecting.

The Art of Collecting:

The San Antonio Museum of Art: Martha Egan presents “The Art of Collecting Art” in conjunction with the opening of “PASIÓN POPULAR: Spanish and Latin American Folk Art from the Cecere Collection”

Society of Applied Anthropology Convention, Santa Fe, NM: Martha presents “Promoting the Preservation and Sale of Folk Art,” and participates in a panel discussion.

The Avenir Museum at Colorado State University: “Collecting Guatemalan Textiles”


Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe: Martha discusses milagros with other contributors to Faith and Transformation: Votive Offerings and Amulets from the Alexander Girard Collection, Doris Francis, ed., MNMP, 2007.

School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM: Milagros Lecture and Book signing.


Alianza de las Artes Americanas presents “Relicarios and Escudos: Devotional Jewels from Latin America,” at the Denver Art Museum.

Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona: Relicarios lecture in conjunction with Gloria Giffords’ exhibition of Ex-Votos

Friends of Mexican Art, Phoenix Art Museum, “Escudos de Monjas”

University of California, Riverside; “Relicarios, Objects of Devotion.”

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe, NM: show of Martha Egan collection of relicarios. She lectures on and signs her classic work Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures of the Americas. 

“Relicarios: Devotional Miniatures from Spain and the Americas.” San Antonio Museum of Art. Loan of sixty-six relicarios and a bastón de mando—an authority cane, from September, 1999 to July, 2000.

Presenter: II Congreso Internacional de Joyería; Museo del Traje; Madrid, Spain, November, 2013. “Los relicarios de Copacabana: Joyas únicas.”

Presenter: III Congresso Internacional de Joyería; Museu d’Art de Catalunya; Barcelona, Spain, November, 2016. “Relicarios: Las joyas olvidadas de Latinoamérica.”

Presenter: IV Congresso Internacional de Joahlería; Porto, Portugal,November 2018. An Introduction to Colonial Brazilian Devotional Jewellery

Essays and Articles:

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. New York: Scribner’s, 1995

Converging Cultures. New York: Abrams and the Brooklyn Museum of Art,1996

Per grazie ricevuta. Bari, Italy: Paolo Malagrinò Editore, 2002

Saints and Sinners: Mexican Religious Art. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Books, 2004

Faith and Transformation: Votive Offerings and Amulets from the Alexander Girard Collection. Santa Fe: The Museum of International Folk Art, 2007.

“Collecting: A Popular and Often Valuable Pastime,” Pasión Popular: Spanish and Latin American Folk Art from the Cecere Collection. San Antonio: Museum of Art, 2013.

“Un escudo betlemita en un museo de Córdoba.” Buenos Aires: FADAM, Federación Argentina de Amigos de Museos, Revista #32, November, 2016.

“An Introduction to Colonial BrazilianDevotional Jewellery”, Society of Jewellery Historians magazine ‘Jewellery History Today’ , a publication of the British Museum.

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