Arts of Africa and the Americas
The Arts of Africa and the Americas Department is dedicated to the immense creativity of Native artists across the world, from prehistory to the present. The collection has grown significantly since the department was founded more than 30 years ago, and now numbers more than 5,500 objects, including masterworks of sculpture, ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing, painting, basketry, and bead-, shell-, and quillwork, reflecting the diversity of these regions and cultures.
Curatorial Department Assistant and Artist Liaison
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Co-presented with Obsidian Arts, Durades Dialogues honors the actions of arts-advocate Jean Ann Durades. The program brings significant work by artists, curators, and other creatives of African descent to the attention of Minnesota audiences.
Mia’s Affinity Groups are a great way for museum members to connect more closely with special areas of art interest, allowing you to delve deeper into the curatorial area of your choice.
The restoration and conservation of artworks in Mia’s collection are ever-present concerns. Art Champions is a program that connects art lovers with artworks that require conservation to be displayed to the public.