Contemporary Art Collection

Compelling Moving Art

Our contemporary Native art is one of the best collections of its kind in the world. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, beadwork, multi-media installations, and other mixed media all represent the powerful expressions of today’s contemporary Native artists. The limitless variation of artistic expression reflects the diversity and breadth of artists and their cultures.

Native American Contemporary Art Basket in Multi Color

A COLLECTION OF MANY CULTURES

Today’s Artists Sharing Their Cultures & Experiences

What is it: This stunning collection contains some of the most profound contemporary art you will ever encounter by artists whose stories will open eyes to see the world in a different light. It highlights the influential work of artists such as the whimsical paintings of Harry Fonseca (Maidu/Nisenan/Portuguese/Hawaiian,) and multi-media masterpieces of Wendy Red Star (Crow). Every other year, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship helps advance the careers of contemporary Native artists and casts a spotlight nationally on the field of contemporary Native art within the overall contemporary art community. 

How to visit: Visit the exhibit Mon-Fri 10-5pm, and Sun 12pm-5pm.

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A large number of these pieces were collected through our biennial Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Since its inception, the museum has awarded nearly one million dollars to artists through art purchases and employed countless Native and non-Native scholars and writers.

The uniqueness of the collection lies in the cultural, geographic and traditions represented. African American artists Alison Saar and James Watkins share the experience and manifestations the caldron had on their lives. Latino traditions are rooted firmly in the Santero carving of Sergia Tapia’s Offrenda, commemorating September 11 bombing of the World Trade Towers.

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