Inside the M’s Collection

Our collection of more than 5,000 works showcases the unique voice of American artists from the 19th century to the present. Guided by the belief that our art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience, we embrace and celebrate new voices, as well as masters from the 19th and 20th centuries.

When the M’s expansion is completed in 2021, we look forward to sharing this treasure trove, which includes the largest institutional collection of the works of Paul Manship and George Morrison; works by American masters Thomas Hart Benton, Joan Mitchell, Romare Bearden, Ed Ruscha, and Louise Nevelson;  important works of craft and folk art; and work by emerging contemporary American artists with a specific emphasis on artists from Minnesota, including Wing Young Huie, Julie Buffalohead and Warren MacKenzie.

Click an image below to read more about the artist and artwork. Visit our collections archive to view more pieces.

As much as we would love to have these wonderful artworks on display, we don’t currently have spaces to show them at this time. Look for exhibitions featuring a broad selection of works from the collection when the museum adds its new permanent galleries, which are scheduled to open in 2021!