The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts holds the premier collection of contemporary Native American art in the world from Native American, First Nations and other Indigenous peoples. This unique collection, known as the “National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art,” documents the art movements of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and its impact on the Native American fine art movement. There are close to 7,500 artworks in the collection which is comprised of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media and installations. Many prominent artists of our time are represented in the collection such as Tony Abeyta, Linda Lomahaftewa, George Morrison, Allan Houser, Helen Hardin, Truman Lowe, and Fritz Scholder–to name a few.
This important collection is housed at the Institute of American Indian Arts campus in astate-of-the-art storage facility that was built for the collection in 2009. After a generous donation was given by the Robert and Barbara Ells Family, a collection gallery dedicated in their name was built into the collection facility. It is open daily, allowing visitors an opportunity to view the collection without appointment.