Nearly 1,600 artworks by more than 500 artists working in media ranging from painting and sculpture to music and time-based installations. With an emphasis on contemporary art, MAM also collects historic works, archival materials, and ethnographic objects vital to this place.
After MAM transformed to an independent non-profit, then called the Art Museum of Missoula, in 1995, gifts to the Collection dramatically increased. I n the mid-2000s, g rowing an exceptional and regionally distinct collection was a major strategic focus in programming and the impetus for a building renovation and expansion that was completed in 2005. That same year, an enthusiastic community donated more artworks to MAM than ever before.
Over the next decade, MAM's state-of-the-art, climate controlled storage vault filled with extraordinary singular objects, such as Ursula Von Rydingsvard’s Poskubana and Rick Bartow’s Rider V, as well as significant collections, including 39 of the most exquisite pieces from nationally regarded the Willem and Diane Volkersz Contemporary American Folk Art Collection and 300 Hmong textiles . Additionally, planned donors have identified extensive collections of artworks, books, and archival materials destined for MAM. To advance the Collection into a new era of growth and access, MAM is developing solutions for expanded, forward-thinking, collaborative resources, starting with the MAM CARES project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Rooted in MAM programming, the Collection has evolved to reflect exhibitions and artists of this community, in particular. Two signature areas distinguish the MAM Collection: works by contemporary American Indian artists and Montana Modernists.
Pictured above: Holly Andres, Huntresses with Fallen Fawn, archival pigment print on Sintra, 2017, 28 x 42", Missoula Art Museum Collection, Commissioned with a grant from the Pleiades Foundation, 2017.26