The Art of the American West and Indigenous Arts collections consist of historic and contemporary works of art which focus on varying creative explorations of artists from or inspired by the American West. It includes a wide array of artistic traditions and innovations spanning across the Southwest, Plains and Rocky Mountain regions.
The Frank and Jean Hamilton Gallery, Indigenous Arts Gallery, and Ferdinand von Galen Gallery of the John K. Goodman Pavilion display artistic representations mostly from the past 200 years through today in an assortment of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and other media.
Represented artists include: Henry C. Balink, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Maynard Dixon, Marlowe Katoney, Maria Poveka Martinez, Nampeyo, Ed Mell, Howard Post, Cara Romero, Charles Marion Russell, Fritz Scholder, Roseta Santiago, Joseph Henry Sharp, Wendy Red Star, Olaf Wieghorst and Bobb Vann.
The works of art in the TMA collection are conserved for the benefit of our community, and the museum makes careful decisions regarding the acquisition of each work that we steward. When evaluating the appropriateness of a work of art for the museum, TMA considers such issues as the ownership history of an object as well as its history of exhibition and publication. To learn more about TMA’s collecting policies, click here.
Search our Collection online using terms such as “West” and “Native.”