American Art Awards Names Best Gallery In Missouri, 2022: Hilliard Gallery

Thom Bierdz
4 min readMay 28, 2022

Each year the American Art Awards selects the 20 Best Galleries And Museums In America; only one museum or gallery per state per year. Among other criteria, selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.

American Art Awards: “We considered thousands of the most established art venues from Hawaii to Maine. This year we chose five museums, one with an impeccable reputation for 125 years, one 80, one 50, one 40, and one fairly new. We selected a Mid-West art center doing important community work for 44 years, and a lively Southern gallery linked to a 5 day festival. Most the galleries we selected are heralded longtime landmarks with expansive interiors perfect for exhibiting today’s contemporary masters. Many have several locations and cater specifically to regional collectors with regional artwork, but just as many represent all genres of work from all levels of national and international artisans.

“American Art Awards selects Hilliard Gallery the Best Gallery In Missouri, 2022, and one of our 20 Best Galleries In The nation, 2022. Being one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City for almost 50 years, Hilliard’s staff and overall reputation is excellent, and their exhibits excel with an ongoing roster of 200 innovative artists and publishers. Kansas City Visitor Center consistently ranks it as the Best Gallery In Kansas City, as does Kansas City Magazine.”


Established in November of 1974, by previous owner Kent Hilliard. Located initially in the heart of the Country Club Plaza, the Hilliard Gallery in its second year of operation became the exclusive authorized dealer for artist LeRoy Neiman in the Kansas City area, and they still are today.

The Hilliard Gallery is an elegantly urban and ever changing gallery. In March 2004, Hilliard Gallery moved to their current 7,000 sq ft facility in the crossroads art district.

Hilliard Gallery / 1820 McGee / Kansas City / MO / 64108 / 816–561–2956


INSTAGRAM: annually awards 20 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards almost 500 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).




Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.