Museum Collections

This page, Museum Collections, will be continually updated to reflect collections with an African American art focus that have been identified in Galleries and Museums across the country. These institutions represent simply a few that are committed to showcasing the works by Black artists who are included in their overall collections. 

The goal of Museum Collections is to make these images accessible to students, scholars, and the general public in order to encourage research and discussion on aspects of Black art and artists. This list in not comprehensive by any means and will be expanded as other institutions with online access to their collections have been identified. Not only is accessibility a key factor, but being able to search the collection with African American as a descriptor is crucial.

Atlanta, Georgia
High Museum of Art

Kehinde Wiley, Thiogo Oliveira do Rosario Rozendo
( from the series The World Stage: Brazil), 2009,
Oil on canvas, 48" x 36"


The High's collection of modern and contemporary art comprises more than 2,400 works dating from 1946 to the present and includes the following artists: Kojo Griffin, Beauford Delaney, Benny Andrews, Glenn Ligon, Jacob Lawrence, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kehinde Wiley, Renee Stout, Robert Colescott, Willie Cole, Lorna Simpson, Radcliffe Bailey, Alison Saar, David Hammons, Elizabeth Catlett, Fred Wilson, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Nick Cave, and Sam Gilliam.

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham Museum of Art

Melvin Edwards, Premonition
(Part of the Lynch Fragment Series), 1990,
Welded steel, 18¼" x 11" x 11"


Bloomington, Indiana

John Woodruff Wilson, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
2002, Etching and aquatint on chine collé,
30¼" x 27½"


Chicago, Illinois
The Art Institute of Chicago

Eldzier Cortor, The Room No. VI,
1948, Oil and gesso on Masonite,
42¼" x 31½"


Durham, North Carolina
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

(At the collection page, click Modern & Contemporary, then enter African American in the search box...Search Collections.)

Jeff Sonhouse, Decompositioning,
Mixed media on canvas, 82" x 76¼"


Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Milwaukee Art Museum
(In the "Search Online Collection" box,
insert Warrington Colescott.)

Warrington Colescott, Beauty and the Beast,
1952, Color screenprint on blue paper,
15½ x 11½

Warrington Colescott Collection
In the "Search Online Collection" box, insert Warrington Colescott.

(The Herzfeld Foundation Print, Drawing, and
Photography Study Center is the largest museum
holding of Warrington Colescott’s graphic work.)

Saint Louis, Missouri
Saint Louis Art Museum

Jerald Ieans, Allure, 1996,
Oil and glue on canvas, 21" x 25"


Savannah, Georgia

Jacob Lawrence, Library Series: The Schomburg,
Gouache on paper, 26" x 20"

The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
(Under the list of selected works at the Website, click "Load more" to see other works of art.)

ADDENDUM:  Museum Collections

Akron, Ohio
Alma W. Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening, 1972
Acrylic on canvas, 68" x 55",
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson
In the Online Collection search box, insert "African American" to retrieve images of available works.

Columbus, Ohio
This link leads to more than 100 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, books, journals, and mixed-media objects that span more than 50 years of Columbus artist Aminah Robinson's works.
(Columbus Museum of Art)

New York, New York
 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Willie Cole, Next Kent tji wara, 2007
Bicycle parts, spray paint, and brazing,
37" x 20 ½ x 8 ¼",
Hortense and William A. Mohr Sculpture Purchase Fund

New York, New York
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)


Norfolk, Virginia
Chrysler Museum of Art

Robert Colescott, Saturday Night Special (I Seen It on T.V.),
1988, Acrylic on canvas, 84" x 72", In memory of  Mary and
Dudley Cooper from the family of Joel B. Cooper

In the quick search box, insert "African American" to retrieve images of available works.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Claude Clark, Jam Session, 1943, Oil on canvas,
20" x 18",  Purchased with the Julius Bloch Memorial Fund
created by Benjamin D. Bernstein