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IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Selected as No. 3 Museum by USA TODAY

Feb 27, 2023

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to share that USA TODAY 10Best named the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) number three in the Readers’ Choice contest for Best Art Museum in the United States. A panel of experts was selected by USA TODAY and partnered with 10Best editors—together, they selected the top twenty nominees, and the top ten were determined by popular vote.

We thank everyone who believes in MoCNA’s mission “to elevate contemporary Indigenous art through exhibitions, collections, programs, partnerships, and new research” and took the time to cast a vote for us.

The top ten winners in the category Best Art Museum are as follows:

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
  • American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
  • IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Newfields, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
  • Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

To learn more about the top ten Best Art Museums, visit USA Today 10Best.

“We are honored that USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice recognizes the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) as the third Best Art Museum in the USA. The acknowledgment is not about competition but about recognition of dedicated and committed staff who elevate contemporary Indigenous arts in all we do.”
Patsy Phillips (Cherokee Nation)

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Director


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Current and Upcoming MoCNA Exhibitions

A listing of current and upcoming exhibitions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

List of Events

The Stories We Carry

Fri, September 30, 2022Mon, September 30, 2024

The Stories We Carry features contemporary jewelry created by more than 100 Indigenous artists across decades stewarded by the MoCNA permanent collection.

Rick Rivet: Journeys, Mounds and the Metaphysical

Fri, February 10Sun, July 2

Rick Rivet: Journeys, Mounds and the Metaphysical includes more than twenty of Rick Rivet’s (Sahtu-Métis) most iconic artworks from the past 30 years.

Inherent Memory

Fri, February 24Sun, June 25

Inherent Memory features contemporary Indigenous basketry-related art created by Indigenous women and nonbinary artists from California and the Great Basin, including painting, sculpture, multimedia, basketry, poetry, video, and photography.

2022–2023 IAIA BFA Exhibition: Beyond Reflections

Fri, March 10Sun, May 14

The IAIA 2022–2023 BFA Exhibition: Beyond Reflections recognizes the talent and artistic devotion of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Studio Arts BFA students. Presenting a variety of media and motives for their artwork, Beyond Reflections captures the artists’ exploration of identity, mental health, social activism, culture, and curiosities of the world around us.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts