Exhibitions

Upcoming

Out of the Vault: Treasures Old & New
Opens September 30
Featuring over 60 works including fine art, ceramics, carvings and jewelry, our fall exhibition places new acquisitions in context with works already in our collections, and demonstrates how the Museum uses objects to tell the story of the Colorado Plateau.

Current

26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale
Through October 2
Celebrate this award-winning exhibition of contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy. All work is available for purchase. Learn More...

Grand Canyon Uranium: Unseen-Scene
Through October 15
Alan Petersen, MNA Curator of Fine Art, has been exploring the sources of uranium in the Grand Canyon region. The uranium is found in deep, vertical, geological structures called breccia pipes. In order to fully understand the landscape and geography in which the pipes are located, Petersen set out on his mountain bike and on foot. Some pipes, such as the site of the former Orphan Mine at the South Rim of Grand Canyon were extremely accessible; others were exquisitely remote. Of the more than 1,200 breccia pipes in the region Petersen has visited 33. His drawings and paintings convey the subtle and nuanced nature of the pipes as landscape features and an interactive map details his travels.

Silver and inlaid turquoise bracelet in the shape of a butterfly with flanking inlaid petal pieces and chain closure by Colin Coonsis, Zuni.

New Acquisitions
Sara Lee Branigar Reception Room
The Museum has recently dedicated a portion of its exhibition space to new collection acquisitions. Currently on display are objects purchased by MNA from the estate of Margaret L. Taylor, including paintings, baskets, miniatures, and jewelry by noted Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Latino artists. 

Permanent

Hopi Kiva Gallery

Hopi Kiva Gallery-Temporarily closed for renovation.
Contemporary Hopi arts displayed in the Kiva Gallery include pottery, basketry, weavings, and katsinas offering insight into the lives of the Hopi and their cultural traditions. The gallery includes a re-created subterranean space like a kiva, complete with a 5 x 48 foot mural entitled Journey of the Human Spirit, painted by artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie. The work depicts the artists' individual and cultural explorations of a sophisticated artistic history, from ancient stories of emergence to traditional life.

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Geology Gallery
The 130,000 square miles of the Colorado Plateau are defined by colorful, horizontal strata, in many places deeply dissected by numerous canyons and made visible by the arid climate and lack of vegetation. Get acquainted with these formations, how they were created, and the accompanying flora and fauna in our hands-on geology gallery. Scientific specimens illustrate the story of our region and allow an intimate interaction with the past.

Hopi Overlay Bracelet

Babbitt Gallery
Ancient, modern, and contemporary arts of the Colorado Plateau adorn the Babbitt Gallery. A selection of the Museum’s ceramic holdings demonstrates the extensive collection and classification system created by Dr. Harold Colton, Museum co-founder. Peruse jewelry holdings from the Rio Grande Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni. Highlights include the history of Hopi Overlay Silver and the discoveries found in Tim’s Cave in Sedona.

Ethnology Gallery

Ethnology Gallery-Temporarily closed for renovation. Objects from this gallery have been relocated and are available for viewing throughout the Museum.
Meet the contemporary peoples of the Colorado Plateau, including the Zuni, Hopi, Navajo and Pai. Deepen your cultural understanding by exploring family structures, agriculture, arts, and ceremonies of the region. View large-scale textiles, traditional cradleboards, and the Museum's collection of miniature ceramics.

Golightly Courtyard

Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard
The Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard features interpretative signage highlighting the botanical and geological elements of the Colorado Plateau. To learn more about the region's flora, life zones, and geology click here.

Upcoming

Past

Tony Abeyta: Convergence
Through September 4, 2017
Convergence features more than 20 works by contemporary Navajo painter Tony Abeyta including paintings, drawings and mixed-media pieces and jewelry. The exhibition blends traditional and contemporary large-scale works depicting complex Navajo beliefs and imagery, modernist New Mexico landscapes and abstract geometric forms.

When We Were Young

When We Were Young: The Legacy of MNA's Junior Indian Art Show
From 1931-1976 MNA hosted the Junior Indian Art Show, dedicated to honoring the young artists of the Hopi, Navajo, and other tribes of the Colorado Plateau. Its remarkable legacy is evident today in the contemporary works of many celebrated artists like Delbridge Honanie and Terrance Talaswaima, who played critical roles in developing new styles of American Indian art during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Petroglyph

Images on Stone: Petroglyphs of Wupatki National Monument
A rich accumulation of petroglyphs within Wupatki National Monument has intrigued the public and scholars over the last century. Explore recent archaeological interpretations of when and by whom the images were made, new information about the unique geological setting of the sites, and the process of archaeological documentation in this exhibition.

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Four on the Floor: Audubon's Quadrupeds
Through May 29, 2017
John James Audubon, the masterful painter of North American birds, later turned his attention toward the depiction of the continent’s four-footed mammals. Four on the Floor features Audubon’s entire portfolio of American wildlife, Quadrupeds of North America, as well as an ecological review of Colorado Plateau mammals. Mounted specimens bring his wonderfully illustrated images to life.

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Grand Muse
November 19, 2016 - February 20, 2017
From the definitive Romantic images of Thomas Moran to modern masterworks by Ed Mell and Merrill Mahaffey, Grand Muse conveys the power of Grand Canyon as a source of inspiration for artists. The exhibition features historical and recent paintings, as well as photography, prints, and mixed-media from the Museum’s collection, artists-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park, and contemporary masters.

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100 Dibujos de 100 Cosas (100 Drawings of 100 Things)
October 22 - November 21, 2016
Drawn from memory in brush and ink, this playfully rendered series, by Flagstaff-based artist Travis Iurato, evokes the simple, graphic nature of the iconic Don Clemente loteria cards. The exhibition reflects the artist’s interest in translation, visual memory, and human relationships to the objects that fill their lives. For Iurato, the project is an entertaining and irreverent exercise in visualization and vocabulary. 

"The Mittens" by Curt Walters

Curt Walters: A Retrospective
June 26 - November 1, 2016
This exhibition features more than 30 paintings by the artist, tracing his evolution as a landscape painter for the last 35 years. Declared the Greatest Living Grand Canyon Artist by Art of the West Magazine, Walters' work is intensely realistic while retaining a casual grace.

Child's Tree Painting

Happy Flagstaff
Kids Discovery Room
Curated by Freshman Seminar students from Northern Arizona University, this interactive exhibit explores what it means to be happy in our high altitude home. Engagement is offered for visitors of all ages through activities that connect sustainability, happiness, being present, and giving back to the community.

Damascus Spur by Larry Fuegen Low Res4

25th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale
September 10 - 18, 2016
Celebrate this award-winning exhibition of contemporary painting, photography, bronze sculpture, and exquisitely crafted gear of the working cowboy. All work is available for purchase.

David Christiana Painting

David Christiana: Portraits of Petrichor
March 12 - May 30, 2016
The exhibition features 30 works of art completed by former Museum of Northern Arizona artist-in-residence David Christiana from 2013 – 2015. During his residency, Christiana set out to capture fragments and details of this unique landscape. Representing the artist's intensive exploration of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and its surrounding area, the exhibition creates an intimate portrait of this volcanic wonderland through drawings as well as watercolor and oil paintings.

You Are On Indian Land

You Are On Indian Land
November 21 - February 15, 2016
This exhibition presents a visual dialogue and critical perspective on indigenous art while actively engaging the notion of pop culture, misappropriation and stereotypical representation through powerful and thought-provoking work. Native American artists include: Tamara Ann Burgh, Nicholas Galanin, Ed Kabotie, Cannupa Luger, Michael Namingha, Steven Yazzie, and interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity.

Tinwork

Tinwork from the Historic Barth Hotel
October 1 - November 25, 2015
This unique collection of century-old Hispanic tinwork (circa 1870-1910) was originally displayed at the Historic Barth Hotel in St. Johns, Arizona. The majority of pieces belong to the Valencia Red and Green Workshops in New Mexico, while others are attributed to tinsmiths or workshops in New Mexico and the country of Mexico

Reconstructing the View

Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe
June 21 - November 1, 2015
Through the process of re-photography, Klett and Wolfe explore the ideas of time, place, and viewpoint. Contemporary images fuse with historic photographs and illustrations by William Holmes, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others to capture the beauty and grandeur of one of the natural wonders of the world. The resulting body of work records change within the landscape and acquires depth and complexity of meaning through the juxtaposition of old and new.

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24th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale
October 10 - 12, 2015
Celebrate this time-honored tradition of Western craftsmanship. Peruse and purchase fine art including painting, bronze sculpture and photography, and functional gear by 70 artists from 14 Western states and Hawaii. In partnership with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship.

Roundball Religion

Roundball Religion: Photographs by Joe Cornett
June 25 - September 30, 2015
This photographic exploration focuses on rustic and makeshift basketball hoops found in rural and remote settings throughout the southwestern United States and primarily northern Arizona. Cornett's photography speaks to the social power of sport and the passage of time, of family members, of relationships come and gone, and of relationships yet to come.

Slide Fire

The Slide Fire Story: A Tribute to Oak Creek Canyon
January 17 - May 25, 2015
On May 20, 2014, the largest fire in the history of the Coconino National Forest ignited in Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most beautiful and scenic places in the world. As flames spread through the forested hills, fire crews battled day and night for 16 days to contain the blaze and minimize the damage to the forest. The Slide Fire Story presents more than 100 haunting images, depicting the fire’s dramatic race up the Canyon and the efforts of over 1,200 firefighters to halt its fury.

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Echoes and Undercurrents
March 7 - May 25, 2015
Echoes and Undercurrents conveys the importance of oral tradition and narrative in the creation of cultural and personal identity. David Dawangyumptewa’s mixed-media paintings depict symbolic and mystical imagery central in Hopi narratives, while Debra Edgerton’s richly textured and intricate scrolls synthesize Japanese and African-American nonlinear storytelling.

Dialogue with Beauty – Scotty Mitchell Landscapes
November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
Celebrate the beauty of the landscapes of southern Utah and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through colorful and dynamic plein air pastels by artist Scotty Mitchell. Known for her contemporary approach to landscape painting, Mitchell’s work captures the vibrant hues and ever-changing light of the Southwest.

Painting of Two Riders by Howard Post

Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale
September 28 - December 7, 2014
Western craftsmanship on display. Peruse and purchase fine art including painting, bronze sculpture, and photography, and functional gear like saddles, tooled leather, bits and spurs, boots, hats, knives, engraving, hitched horsehair and braided rawhide by more than 80 artists from 14 Western states and Hawaii. Presented in partnership with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship.

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Shonto Begay – Map of My Heart
June 22 - October 26, 2014
Autobiographical in nature, the exhibition features mythic heroes, the insides of boarding schools, dusty rodeo days, family portraits and colorful landscapes while revealing the artist’s constant struggle for balance and harmony between his natural, ancient world and contemporary cultures.

Petrified Forest

Brushstrokes on the Plateau
May 31 - September 1, 2014
Enjoy rarely seen masterpieces from the Museum’s extensive collection along with significant new acquisitions. From paintings, watercolors and drawings to prints, photographs and sculpture, Brushstrokes on the Plateau gives an overview of the rich variety of artistic talent by Native American and Anglo-American artists recognized for their depictions of the land and people of the Colorado Plateau.

Earth Art

Ulrike Arnold • Earth Art
February 15 - May 4, 2014
Earth artist Ulrike Arnold travels the world and creates artwork at remote places known for their spiritual qualities. Her materials are the rock and earth she finds at the sites. In her latest works she uses materials from the heavens—nickel, iron, and other metal particles from meteorites. Arnold’s paintings are abstract portraits and visual journals of her experience at the enchanted locations that are her subjects.

Nampeyo :: Namingha – Tradition and Translation
November 16, 2013 - April 4, 2014
Descended from the famous Hopi/Tewa potter Nampeyo, Dan Namingha and his sons, Arlo and Michael, continue the practice of art making. Paintings, sculptures and photography reflect traditional themes and symbols while commenting on contemporary society. The exhibition features works from the collection of Philip M. Smith of Santa Fe, New Mexico.