Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art.
Through innovative programs, world-class exhibitions and unmatched festivals, the Heard Museum sets the standard nationally for collaborating with Native people to present first-person voices. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
About the Heard Museum Art Collection
The Heard Museum art collection concentrates on the lives of native peoples and consists of more than 40,000 objects. The two focal areas of the collection are comprehensive cultural collections from the Greater Southwest and contemporary native fine art from North America. The collection of cultural arts contains more than 36,000 objects: key collections include more than 1,400 Hopi katsina dolls; more than 2,500 examples of Navajo jewelry and more than 960 examples of Zuni jewelry; approximately 1,300 textiles, of which more than 840 are examples of Navajo weaving; nearly 4,600 of Southwestern ceramics from prehistory to the present; more than 600 examples of beadwork and quillwork primarily from cultures of the Great Plains; and approximately 2,500 baskets from Southwestern cultures, in addition to baskets from many cultures of California, the Great Basin and the Northwest. With more than 4,000 fine art works, the Heard Museum collection documents the American Indian Fine Art Movement from the 20th Century to the present, and includes work by some of the finest historic and contemporary American Indian artist, such as Fred Kabotie, Harrison Begay, Fritz Scholder, George Morrison, Allan Houser, Kay WalkingStick, and Bob Haozous.
About the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives, Heard Museum
Heard Museum Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives is a comprehensive research facility offering extensive information about indigenous art and cultures from around the world and an unparalleled resource collection on more than 25,000 American Indian artists.
The Library and Archives collections reflect the museum's permanent collections, with particularly strong holdings in:
- American Indian art and culture of the Southwest
- American Indian fine arts
- Works created by American Indian authors including creative writing and a variety of Native studies
- Inuit art and culture
- Indigenous arts of Oceania, Africa and Asia
- General anthropology and art history
- Museum studies and library and archival sciences
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Rights & Reproduction
All requests to reproduce materials from the Heard Museum require a completed Request for Reproductions/Application for Permission to Publish form.
The applicant agrees to abide by all terms, conditions and provisions of this agreement.