The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts houses an outstanding collection of two-dimensional works by contemporary Native artists.
With over 2,000 paintings in the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, their impact cannot be underestimated. Many prominent artists are represented in the painting collection such as Frank Day, T.C. Cannon, Fritz Scholder, George Morrison, Alice Loiselle, Pablita Velarde, Harry Fonseca, Tony Abeyta, and Allan Houser, just to name a few.
Graphic works and drawings make up the bulk of the collection’s works on paper with over 2,000 pieces. This area of the collection is also the fastest growing. Many artists who have been deemed as pre-cursors to the IAIA faculty are represented in the collection such as Andrew Tsihnahjinnie, Beatien Yazz, Alfonso Roybal and Pop Chalee. Other important works were collected from the printmaking studio of the Institute of American Indian Arts and IAIA alumni.