American Art Awards Names Best Gallery In New Mexico, 2022: Blue Rain Gallery

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.

“We selected Blue Rain Gallery as Best Gallery or Museum in New Mexico, 2022, and one of American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries / Museums in America, 2022. Almost thirty years ago, Blue Rain Gallery birthed as purely a contemporary Native gallery and met success. When other Native galleries disappeared in the growing corporate art market, owner Leroy Garcia continued his dedication to neo-tribal and contemporary Native American artisans — and also expanded and diversified. The talented Native American and established contemporary non-native artists offer original paintings, bronzes, wood sculpture, glass sculpture, works on paper, pottery, ceramics and jewelry. Leroy has a keen ability to showcase innovative and authentic artworks which connect to the heart of the collector.”

Leroy Garcia: “We’re exposing Native American art and craft to markets that aren’t used to seeing or dealing with Native work.”

Blue Rain Gallery

544 South Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Open Mon — Sat 10 am — 6pm Closed Sundays annually awards 20 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300+ artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).



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Thom Bierdz

Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books (6 volumes of art). President of American Art Awards