The Gilcrease Art Collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints represents artists and subjects from across North America. From colonial portraiture in New England, to 20th-century modernism in the Southwest, to contemporary Native American artists, the collection features more than 13,000 artworks spanning 400 years, forming one of the world’s most comprehensive views of American art.
Historically, Gilcrease publications and exhibitions have highlighted artwork and artists of the American West. However, in addition to significant western collections, Gilcrease contains artwork of New England, of the South, of the Midwest, of the Pacific Northwest, and of Canada and Mexico. Furthermore, Gilcrease archive and anthropology collections provide a broad context of the history and culture of the Americas, opening the art collection to new connections and new meanings.
As a whole, Gilcrease is uniquely positioned as an institution to tell a national story of American art that extends beyond traditional borders — encompassing artwork and narratives spanning the continent.