The mission of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is to enrich the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. To accomplish this goal, the MIA curators continually search for important works of art to add to the collection. The objects are vetted by the director and trustee committee before being formally added to the museum’s inventory. These objects make the MIA an exciting place of discovery and learning about humanity’s diverse forms of expression. Each newly accessioned object enriches the collection by offering greater perspective on an artist, era, or culture. In the galleries, such objects are typically identified by “Recent Acquisition” stickers on their labels. Below is a link to select artworks acquired by the museum within the last twelve months.
Arts of Africa and the Americas
The department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas is dedicated to the immense creativity of Native peoples across the world, from prehistory to the present. The collection has grown significantly since the department was founded over thirty years ago and now numbers more than 3,000 objects, including masterworks of sculpture, ceramics, metalsmithing, painting, basketry, and bead-, shell-, and quillwork, reflecting the diversity of these regions and cultures.
In 2008 the MIA launched an initiative to focus on the art of our times. Through its new Department of Contemporary Art, the museum will bring a fresh dynamism to its galleries by collecting and exhibiting works by living artists. This initiative emphasizes the relationships among historical art, diverse cultures, and contemporary art-making.
Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture
Originally established to focus on furniture, metalwork, ceramics, and glass, the department today is the largest and most diverse in the museum, with more than 10,000 works in all media from America and Europe, from the Middle Ages to the present.
The MIA’s internationally acclaimed collection of paintings contains nearly 900 European and American works from the 14th century to the present. It offers a comprehensive survey of both celebrated schools and individual artists and is notable for its concentration of masterworks.
Photography & New Media
Prints & Drawings
Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is an artist-managed curatorial department of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts devoted to the exhibition of works by artists who live in Minnesota.
Deaccessioning of Objects
Accessioning and deaccessioning are terms used to describe the process of objects entering or leaving a museum collection. The MIA adheres to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) guidelines on deaccessioning objects. Information about deaccessioned objects will be added as it becomes available. Funds garnered through the sale of deaccessioned works of art will be reapplied towards the purchase of new works of art in each respective curatorial area.more »
MIA 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.
Affinity Group members:
The Midwest Art Conservation Center
The mission of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is to enrich the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. The MIA fulfills this mission, in part, by entrusting the MACC’s conservators to work closely with MIA curators in caring for and preserving our collection of valuable works of art.