A center of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), MoCNA is dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of/for contemporary Native art, history and culture.
MoCNA is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists.
MoCNA is dedicated solely to advancing the scholarship, discourse and interpretation of contemporary Native art for regional, national and international audiences. As such, it stewards the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, 7,500 artworks in all media created in 1962 or later.
Artworks in the collection include paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography, contemporary apparel, textiles, cultural arts, new media and installations. Many prominent contemporary artists are represented, such as Tony Abeyta, Allan Houser, and Fritz Scholder–to name a few.
Mural provides a transitory impression of personal identity
Contemporary Indigenous art from the United States and Canada
Work by IAIA seniors trained in studio and cinematic arts
Ledger drawings express the artist's lived experience
Works created in the 1960s & 1970s, from the permanent collection