The Permanent Collections

The permanent collections have grown alongside the C.N. Gorman Museum since its establishment in 1973 to include works by Native American, First Nations and Indigenous artists worldwide.

The Native American and First Nations collections emphasize the museum's focus upon contemporary fine art, representing the wide range of media in which Indigenous artists are working today.

Most of the pieces in collections have been created since 1990, with the majority being works on paper, painting, and mixed media. Earlier works include artists who are considered to be foundational in the canon of Native American and First Nations art.

The collections also reflect museum collaborations and relationships with artists globally to include contemporary artworks from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Samoa, Bali, Peru, Central America and Spain.

Artworks from the collections are regularly exhibited at the C.N. Gorman Museum and through loans to other institutions. The collections also have an active role in university teaching and research, particularly within the Native American Studies curriculum.

For further information or inquires related to the collections, please contact us at cngorman@ucdavis.edu.


Doug Hyde, Market Day, 2002
Gift of Don and Carol Tallman


George Hunt Jr.,Crooked Beak of Heaven, 1993
Gift of Gloria and Selig Kaplan

Collections Highlight

With an emphasis upon the Museum Collections in future planning of our new facility, the museum has received several gifts throughout 2017 and continuing into 2018. These include future and current gifts from collections of Northwest Coast art (several included in the Fall 2017 exhibition), Southwestern pottery, California basketry; alongside gifts from exhibiting artists of recent works.

Marwin Begaye, Whooping Crane, 2016
Museum Acquisition


Holly Wilson, Ghost of the Dead, 2017
Gift of the Artist

Donating to the Collections

The Museum seeks to enhance its collections by acquiring works in a number of ways, including selected donations from members of the public. Before an item is acquired, it undergoes a review process to determine how the artwork fits within the museum's mission and existing collections, as well as the long-term commitment required to care for works.

If you are interested in donating to the collections, please contact Veronica Passalacqua, Curator, vpassalacqua@ucdavis.edu to tell us about your artwork. Donations are tax-deductible and we provide the information necessary for that process, including a deed of gift and receipt letter.

Because of IRS regulations, the C.N. Gorman Museum cannot appraise or assign a monetary value to items. Those looking for appraisal services may wish to contact the American Society of Appraisers or the Appraisers Association of America.



Artists represented in the Collections


May Hariri Aboutaam
Erika Adams
Dugan Aguilar
Norman Akers
George Alayco
Cynthia Alderete
Joseph Allen
Lorraine Alvarez
Britta Ambauen
Neal Ambrose-Smith
Netti Ammi
Alberta Anaiia
Maile Andrade
Octavio Andrew
M.C. Antonio
Kenojuak Ashevak
R. Anthony Askew
Dana Atillo
Marcella Augustine
Angela Baca
Erena Baker
Roberto Banuelos
Helen Baribeau
Frank Barsotti
Rick Bartow
Lawrence J. Beck
Roselyn Begay
Marwin Begaye
Christi  Belcourt
Bennie Benally
Laura Bentz
Eddy Beyuka
Walter Tutsi Wai BigBee
Jesse Billimack
Mervyn Bishop
Lori Blondeau
Christopher Blume
Brian Bob
Olaf Borge
Mike Brown
Leif Brush
Heather Bryant
Art Burgess
Daniel Burgevin
Jack Burnham
Franco Buscemi
Mary Cain
Effie Calabaza
Bertha Felix Campigli
Oscar G. Casada
Mario Castillo
Herbert and Esther Cellicion
Phyllis Cerna
Martin Chambi
Frances M. Chavarria
Todd Christensen
Chris Christy
Sam Cikauskas
Corwin Clairmont
Dana Claxton
Clinton Cline
Alice Cling
Joseph Clower
Karita Coffey
Michael Conners
Deborah A. Cornell
Charles Barney Cory, Sr.
Reycita Cosen
Natalie Couch
Catlin Cowger
Margaret Craig
Frederick Crocker, Jr.
Brenda L. Croft
David Cross
Richard Dabbs
Salvador Dali
Mike Dangeli
Evelyn David
Peter Davies
Mike Davis
Christine Dawdy
Frank Day
Sherwin DeGraff
Danny Dennis
Frances Densmore
Thomas H. Dickson
Daryl Dieterle
Justin Diggle
Pat Dixon
Francisco Dominguez
Helen Doroshow
Emily Arthur Douglass
Elizabeth Dove
Kathy Dulen
Derrick and Nighelle Edaakie
JoAnn L. Eddy
Diana Eicher
Sister Electa
Nizhoni Ellenwood
Jason Engelhardt
Lois Epperson-Gale
Robert Esche
Andy Everson
Rosalie Favell
Joe Feddersen
Marsha Feigin
Mikki Ferrill
Ed Flood
Snowflake Flower
Gordon Fluke
Patricia Flynn
Rodney Forbes
Martha Fragua
William Franz
Gary Frost
Frank Gaard
Bertha Gachupin
Nicholas Galanin
Betsy Garand
Sara Garcia
Walter Gardner, Jr.
Ted Sitting Crow Garner
Annie Gedicks
Carol Genna
Don Gill
Zonnie Gilmore
Ric Glazer-Danay
Louie Gonzales
Carl Nelson Gorman
Shan Goshorn
Karen E. Goulet
Dorothy Grandbois

Thomas Greyeyes
Gail Griggs
Red Grooms
Vera Gutierrez
Benjamin Alfred Haldane
Theodore Halkin
Nicole Hand
Richard Harding
Rowan Harrison
Edgar Heap of Birds
Guy Herman
John Herrick
Leo Heuster
Sharon Hill
Fred Hogstrom
Jack Hokeah
Michael Holloman
Anna Hoover
Oscar Howe
Rochelle Huia Smith
Stephanie Hunder
Tony Hunt Sr.
Doug Hyde
Namen Inuarak
Zig Jackson
Noelle Jakeman
Travis Janssen
Cara E. Jaye
Peter Jemison
Emily Jensen
Deborah Jojola
Sondra Jones
Brad Joseph
Jacquelyn Kammerer Cattaneo
Tom Kapsalis
Darlyne Kasper
B. Kato
Ina Kaur
Kenji Kawano
Richard Keane
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Sharon Kelly
Joan Arend Kickbush
Don Kingman
Alan Kite
Elizabeth Klimek
Eunkang Koh
Anderson Koinva Dawa
Katrina Kopeloff
Dennis Kugler
Joyce L.
Frank La Pena
Roy Lahi
Florentino Laime Mantilla
Lester Lashley
Barbara Lavallee
Elsa Ledezma
Diana Lee
Orphelia S. Leon
James Leslie
Ralph Levinson
Lucy Lewis
Aatis Lillstrom
Robert Lincoln
Tina Linville
Donna Livermore
Linley B. Logan
George Longfish
White Loon
Pablo Lopez
Erica Lord
Jose L. Loya
Ana Lozano
Ehaim Lucero
Carol Lujan
James Luna
Jude Macklin
Delores Malero
L. Frank Manriquez
Tom Mapp
Stanley Mar
Bernard van Marm
Lee Marmon
Delita Martin
Claude C. Matlack
Andy Mauldin
Jobeth D. Mayes
Alexander Swiftwater McCarty
Michael McCleve
Jean McComas
Margaret McKenna
Taryn McMahon
Larry McNeil
Jacob Meders
Elizabeth Medina
Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner
Dulces N. Melanie
Monika M. Meler
Jean Melesaine
Charles Roland Mercer
Kimowan Metchewais
Leatrice Mikkelsen
John Miller
Susanne Mitchell
Kimiko Miyoshi
Bess Montgomery
Tomasitas Montoya
Pilo Mora
John Takami Morita
George Morrison
Alex Murawski
Isaac Murdoch
Ramon Murillo
Matsaki R. Nahohai
Elvira Naja
Adela Nampeyo
Agnes Nanogak
Maria J. Naranjo
Nora Naranjo-Morse
Joe Dale Tate Nevaquaya
Mary C. Nez
Shelley Niro
Sonchai Nisayaphantha
Karen Noble
Raymond Noelle
Ron Noganosh
Michelle Noonan
Tawhanga Nopera
Julie Norton
Linda Novak
Fernando Nunez
Marvin Oliver

Weatherby Ornutt
Neno Ortiz
Paul Owns the Sabre
Rosemary Souter Paschall
Ed Paschke
Nicholas Pascoe
Lloyd W. Patterson, Jr.
Richard Paulsen
Garnet Pavatea
Sue Pearson
Robert Penn
Al Peters
A.A. Peynetsa
Tony Phillips
Frank Piatek
Lillian Pitt
M. Platero
Ton Poekwin
Susan Point
John C. Poleahia, Sr.
Andrew Polk
Napatchie Pootoogook
Michael Pribic
Burt Proctor
Pudlo Pudlat
Manuel Quezada
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Egevadlug Ragee
Christine Ramberg
Rebecca Ramos
Aimee Ratana
Wendy Red Star
Kathryn Reeves
Lyn Risling
Bryan Ritchie
Natalie Robertson
Frank A. Robinson
Flora Rodrigo
Celia Rodriguez
Virginia Romero
Daniel Ross
Jennie Ross Cobb
Dawn Marie Rossbach
Barbara Rossi
Bernard Rozran
Eriks Rudans
Denise Saint-Onge
Elaine Salazar
Alfonzo Sandoval
Allen Sapp
Lawrence Saufkie
John Schnell
Jim Schoppert
Arthur Schott
Melissa Schulenberg
Michael Schumacher
Robert Schwartz
Roscoe Scott
Bob Scriver
Alta Seeyoung
Rosita Segaye
Tom Seghi
Pablo Seminario
Sonia Sheridan
Annette Silas
Gregorio "Goyo" Silveira
Ozlem Silverstein
Mariah Simonton
Carmelita Simplicio
Ryan Singer
Keith Smith
Robert Sorrell
Henry Spencer
Kryssi Staikidis
Arigon Starr
Chris B. Steller
C.Maxx Stevens
Sandra Still
Tom Styrkowicz
Misuhng Suh
Jae Sullivan
Mabel B. Swimmer
Glory Tacheenie-Campoy
Vangie Tafoya
Tāwera Tahuri
Satoshi Takahira
Yuka Takeda
Rita Talavera Quezada
Angea Tash
Julia F. Taylor
Jamasie Teevee
Chris Teller
Lupie Tenerio
Robert Tenorio
Charles Thomas
Joan C. Thompson
Brian Tripp
Ruffina Trujillo
Juanita Tsalate
Andrew Tsinajinnie
Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie
Ikayukta Tunnillie
Frank Tuttle
Rick Ulman
 Unknown
Alexa Unser
Roger Vail
James Valerio
Pablita Velarde
Seguel Waldo Ortiz
Melanie Walker
Kay WalkingStick
Billy Soza War Soldier
Duke Wassaja Sine
Marie Watt
Timothy Weaver
Mike Weller
G.C.  Wentworth
Michael N. Westergard
Emmi Whitehorse
Gary Wilding
Wendy Willis
Holly Wilson
Will Wilson
Karl Wirsum
Marie-Therese Wisniowski
Kristen Woodward
Melanie Yazzie
Donald Yoshida
Ethel Youvella
Raymond Zada
James Zanzi