In deciding the 25 best galleries and museums in the nation every year, the American Art Awards board considers, among other criteria, 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. Only one gallery or museum per state wins.
www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300+ artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists) from across the globe.
American Art Awards 25 Best Galleries & Museums for 2021 (in alphabetical order of state):
Rising like a gigantic mystical temple in Sedona, this 20,000 sq ft showplace displays the finest of every style from classical to contemporary. Serving private or commercial needs, offering small maquettes to monumental bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic otherworldly paintings, fine art jewelry, enchanting glass art…
This Hollywood hot spot contains the largest gallery-owned Warhol collection worldwide with over 200 original prints and paintings. Contextualizes Andy’s work and historical significance through outreach, strategic partnerships with leading institutions, and curating international Warhol exhibitions.
CALIFORNIA: REVOLVER GALLERY
Both the booming Denver gallery and owner/curator Steve Sonnen continue to be prominently featured in national and international art publications as well as appearing on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. Lively spirited art, insightful exhibits, a Colorado vortex.
COLORADO: MIRADA FINE ART
Almost 20 years, about 20,000 square feet between the two popular locations in St. Petersburg and Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Founded by iconic artist William Braemer, this is the preeminent gallery for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists; represents over 1,000 astounding talents.
FLORIDA: ART FUSION GALLERIES
4,000 square foot structure on the Windward side of Oahu, offering over 2,000 original art images by 75 best-selling artists. For 25 years, this heralded Kaneohe landmark has been a favorite of local artists and nearby residents as well as international designers and collectors.
HAWAII: SUNSHINE ARTS
The only Native American owned and operated arts institution in Illinois. 10,000 sf facility exhibits contemporary Native art (post 1960s) and first-voice multi-cultural arts with themes of veterans and social justice.
ILLINOIS: TRICKSTER ART GALLERY
Exceptional eye for contemporary masterpieces. Represents 50 phenomenal Iowan artisans, procured work for museums, corporate collections, private collections and public art projects across the nation; sets the standard for modern art in the Midwest.
IOWA: MOBERG GALLERY
For over 60 years, Bethany College’s prized campus gallery has exhibited the masterpieces of Birger Sandzén as well as works from its permanent collection, historic and loaned exhibitions, and active contemporary artists in a variety of mediums.
KANSAS: BIRGER SANDZEN MEMORIAL GALLERY
In its 32nd year, this stunning 11,000 SF gallery specializes in African American art with an unmatched selection of artists, mediums, subject matters, and genres. They offer a premiere selection of original graphics and sculpture by renowned old master artists as well as custom framing and art publishing.
KENTUCKY: E&S GALLERY
Jonathan Ferrara founded in 1998 this contemporary hotspot with a public conscience; focused on forward thinking artists with a sense of purpose, mission, and message. The stimulating and provocative museum-like exhibitions have been celebrated in The New York Times, Art In America, The Art Newspaper, The Associated Press, ArtNews, NPR and many other international publications.
LOUISIANA: JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY
Founded in 1992, this is the only sculpture collective in the United States to maintain its own gallery. Showcases innovative contemporary sculpture, including traditional and emerging media, installations and public art.
MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY
47 years… one of the oldest and largest fine art galleries in Kansas City… voted by Kansas City Visitor Center as Best Gallery In Kansas City in 2012… voted by Kansas City Magazine as the Best Gallery In Kansas City 2014…
MISSOURI: HILLIARD GALLERY
4000 sq. ft. of space, making it the largest contemporary art gallery in Montana. Excellent 25 year reputation. Twelve time winner of the “Best of Missoula” gallery award speaks to their central role in the Missoula arts community. Past events have included the “Oil Painters of America” national show, Meridian International’s “Out West” show, and the nationally juried “Icons of the West” show.
MONTANA: DANA GALLERY
Located in the heart of historic downtown Lincoln, this three-floor towering showplace exhibits the top Midwestern Contemporary artists as well as 19th & 20th century American Art. Endless inventory of Old Master & Contemporary originals and prints, placing works in some of the top private, corporate and public collections across the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Smithsonian Institution and Crystal Bridges.
NEBRASKA: KIECHEL FINE ART
20,000 SF facility dedicated to raising awareness, understanding and accessibility for a wide range of fine art by local, regional and international artists. Also offers insightful educational programs and cultural events.
For 60 years, a family legacy serving the community with expert, innovative and personable staff. Features the finest 20th Century American and European art.
NEW JERSEY: EVALYN DUNN GALLERY
Owning three heralded Sante Fe galleries on trendy Canyon Road, Deborah Fritz opened GF Contemporary in 2009, specializing in modern, contemporary, and emerging artists, with a stable of top shelf artists working in a variety of media: sculpture, painting, and print. Her Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, established in 2001, represents traditional and representational fine art, whereas galleryFRITZ, her 2018 launch, concentrates on engaging contemporary, conceptual and experimental art, new media and digital art.
NEW MEXICO: GF CONTEMPORARY
LIK SOHO and a dozen other LIK FINE ART galleries across the globe sell the coveted and commercial work of the most successful photographer in the world. Peter Lik has sold upwards of $500 million to collectors, royalty, presidents and celebrities. His B&W photo titled “Phantom” sold for $6,500,000.00 and Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold.
NEW YORK: LIK FINE ART — LIK SOHO
For 48 years a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the Cape Fear Region community, programming in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. Supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning.
NORTH CAROLINA: THE ARTS COUNCIL OF FAYETTEVILLE / CUMBERLAND COUNTY
For 35 years Mary Martin has cultivated meaningful and long-term relationships with residents, tourists, artists, clients, designers, architects and trade professionals from her sophisticated landmark gallery in downtown Charleston (named the number one tourist destination in America). Both Mary Martin Gallery I and Mary Martin Gallery II represent a wide array of regional, national and international artists providing museum quality bronze and stone sculptures and innovative oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings — appealing to collectors in every country.
SOUTH CAROLINA: MARY MARTIN GALLERIES OF FINE ART
Since 1970, for fifty years, this museum beautifully houses the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. 7,000 objects in its collection include Harvey Dunn paintings, Native American art, Marghab Linens, and much more.
SOUTH DAKOTA: SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM
For over 30 years Stanford Fine Art has been Nashville’s premier art gallery, focusing on investment quality American and European paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the 19th century to the present.
TENNESSEE: STANFORD FINE ART
Austin’s largest contemporary art gallery, featuring hundreds of emerging and established artists from around the world. With over 7,000 sf to explore, there’s something new to see on every visit.
TEXAS: AO5 GALLERY
From the unique Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art collects, presents and preserves art and historical and natural resources, to enrich and educate residents and visitors of the Pacific Northwest.
WASHINGTON: MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART
Founded in 1938 by members of the Parkersburg West Virginia Women’s Club, the Art Center is the oldest arts organization in West Virginia in continuous operation. The nonprofit, non-government entity offers five separate gallery areas exhibiting emerging local talent to internationally revered artists.
WEST VIRGINIA: PARKERSBURG ART CENTER