Fine Art


Since 1929, when Museum co-founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton inaugurated the Arizona Artists Arts and Crafts Exhibitions, the Museum of Northern Arizona has been a leader in the arts in Arizona. As a respected artist and a national leader in arts education, Colton clearly and passionately understood the value of the arts and arts education. Over the years, MNA has presented and assembled a significant collection that depicts the people, places and traditions of the Colorado Plateau. Today, the Museum continues to present innovative exhibitions including the first career retrospectives of Joella Jean Mahoney, Merrill Mahaffey and Bruce Aiken.

Meet the Curator, Alan Petersen

Current Research


Please visit our exhibitions page for current, future and past exhibitions.

Past Exhibitions, 2005-2012

Past Exhibitions, 1960-1997

Past Exhibitions, 1929-1944

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History of Fine Arts program 

Fine Arts Collection