The Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) has been collecting art since the 1940s and today holds more than 4,500 artworks that showcase the unique voice of American Artists from the 19th Century to the present.

The collection includes work in all media by artists well known in Minnesota and across America. Artists represented include American masters such as Thomas Hart Benton, Joan Mitchell, Romare Bearden, Ed Ruscha, and Louise Nevelson. The Museum has the largest institutional collection of the works of Paul Manship and George Morrison, and an important collection of studio craft and work by contemporary American artists, with a specific emphasis on artists from Minnesota, including Wing Young Huie, Julie Buffalohead, and Alec Soth, among many others.


This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.