Albuquerque Museum Art Collection

Information about the art collection at the Albuquerque Museum.



Star Road and White Sun

Ernest L. Blumenschein, Star Road and White Sun, ca. 1920, oil on canvas. Albuquerque Museum; museum purchase, 1985 General Obligation Bonds, Albuquerque High School Collection gift of classes 1943,1944, and 1945 


Consisting of more than 10,000 works of art, Albuquerque Museum’s collection focuses on art of the American Southwest and its influences. The collection includes works by all of the region’s cultural groups and media from the Territorial period to the present. 

The permanent collection exhibition called Common Ground: Art in New Mexico relates visual continuities and innovations in the southwest region from early Native American traditions, through the introduction of European aesthetics by colonial Spanish and Mexican settlers, to current diverse contemporary aesthetic paths and intellectual explorations.

Highlights from the collection include Native American jewelry and ceramics; Hispanic religious and domestic folk arts; documentary sketches and paintings from Territorial-era exploration; masterworks from late 19th and early 20th century Taos and Santa Fe artists such as Ernest Blumenschein, John Sloan, and Georgia O’Keeffe; and contemporary reflections on land, landscape, and regional cultures by artists including Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Fritz Scholder, and Luis Tapia. An introduction to recent aesthetic innovation concludes this historical survey of regional art movements and traditions. 

Albuquerque Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Garden, accessible all year, featuring works by Glenna Goodacre, Allan Houser, Luis Jiménez, and Nora Naranjo Morse reflects a similar diversity of aesthetics in large scale metal, stone, and earthen works.