The MAM collects, preserves, exhibits, and researches art that is relevant to the culture of the American West with an emphasis on contemporary Montana artists. Developing and preserving the MAM Collections preserves our region's unique, emerging cultural heritage and helps to achieve the MAM mission to educate, challenge, and inspire the community through contemporary art. – Adopted by the MAM Board of Directors, 2006Overview
The MAM Collection contains approximately 1,800 artworks, including 192 works acquired by the Missoula Museum of the Arts between 1975 and 1994. These initial works comprise the Missoula County Art Collection managed by the MAM. MAM’s signature collection is the Contemporary American Indian Art Collection, established in 1997 with a gift of prints by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith from the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper.
MAM provides access to the collection thought a searchable online catalogue of collection artworks that grows steadily. If you have questions about work in the collections, please contact Registrar Jennifer Reifsneider.Get Involved
Donate art: If you are interested in donating an artwork to the Collection, please contact MAM. Our community-based volunteer Collection Committee reviews all potential gifts, and we can tell you more about that process and answer questions about gifting.
Support new acquisitions: You can take an active role in acquisitions that support artists and strategically strengthen the collection while participating in enriching events in collectors’ homes, artists’ studios, and exciting art destinations. Join the Contemporary Collectors Circle today!
Volunteer: Collection Assistants help staff achieve the goal of preserving the Collection and making it accessible. To stay informed of special project opportunities, sign up to be a MAM volunteer.
Intern: In support of high-impact educational goals, MAM offers one Collection Internship each semester. Interns acquire comprehensive collection management skills, conduct research, and enrich the museum’s educational resources. Contact Registrar Jennifer Reifsneider for more information.
Have questions about your personal collection? For legal and ethical reasons, MAM is unable to provide appraisal and conservation services. To avoid a conflict of interest, MAM also cannot provide referrals for specific vendors.
The Artist Trust website includes a listing of art-related services.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works provides guidelines for selecting a conservator, a free referral service, and numerous free publications to help you care for your collection.