Contemporary Native Art

Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest art collection does not include historical material by Native artisans and artists. Starting in 1991, TAM began collecting works by later 20th- and 21st- century Native artists whose works bridge both historical and contemporary practice. The collection now numbers 130 works in all media with particular strengths in prints and photographs. Artists include Joe Feddersen, James Lavadour, Sharron Nelson, James Nieto, Preston Singletary, and Matika Wilbur, among others. Recent acquisitions include Marvin Oliver’s Raven with Salmonberry, photographic works by Zoë Urness, Coyote Restored in Starlight by RYAN! Feddersen (featured in The Naturalist and the Trickster: Audubon/RYAN!), as well as works by Marie Watt, Wendy Red Star, and Gail Tremblay.

In-depth collections showcasing the historic artistic traditions of many Northwest Native peoples may be found at tribal and regional museums and cultural centers throughout the Northwest. You can access online collections of artworks by Northwest Native artists at several regional museums as well as view a listing of some of the tribal museums and cultural centers in the Northwest through the links below.

Tacoma Art Museum sits on ancestral Puyallup tribal land. To learn more about Puyallup history and culture visit:

Puyallup Tribal Cultural Center
3009 East Portland Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98404

Some Additional Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers in the Northwest

Colville Tribal Museum  (Nespelem, WA)
Colville Confederated Tribes

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (Seattle, WA)
Duwamish Tribe

Elwha Klallam Heritage Center (Port Angeles, WA)
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Makah Research and Cultural Center (Neah Bay, WA)
Makah Tribe

Quinault Museum and Cultural Center (Taholah, WA)
Quinault Indian Nation

Skokomish Tribal Center and Museum (Shelton, WA)
Skokomish Indian Tribe

Squaxin Island Tribe Museum, Library, and Research Center (Squaxin Island, WA)
Squaxin Island Tribe

Steilacoom Tribal Cultural Center and Museum (Steilacoom, WA)
Steilacoom Tribe

Suquamish Museum  (Suquamish, WA)
Suquamish Tribe

Hibub Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve (Tulalip, WA)
Tulalip Tribes

Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Museum (Toppenish WA)
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

The Museum at Warm Springs (Warm Springs, OR)
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation

Tamástslikt Cultural Institute  (Pendleton, OR)
Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes

Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum (Fort Hall, ID)
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Three Chiefs Culture Center (St. Ignatius, MT)
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Online museum collections


Right: Marie Watt (Seneca Nation; born Seattle, Washington, 1967), Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek, 2014. Bronze with patina, 18 ft. high. Tacoma Art Museum, Commissioned with funds from Estate of Annette B. Weyerhaeuser, Citizens of Pierce County, Janeanne A . Upp and Dale A. Meyer, Alice and Paul Kaltinick, and Cindy Rush Grady, 2014.8 A-B

Left: Joe Feddersen (Colville Tribe; born Omak, Washington, 1953), Brick Mountain, 2004. Blown and sandblasted glass, 9 1/4 í— 10 1/4 í— 10 1/4 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Collect 21NW, 2014.2.1