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Prepared by Rebecca D. Meyers
Permanent Collection Curator


Appraisers Association of America

212 W. 35th Street, 11th Floor South

Artwork Donation Guidelines

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s collection goal is to acquire artwork by Mexican and Mexican-descent artists that builds on the strengths of our existing collection:

Prints and Drawings

Works on paper are a favorite medium for many 20th-century artists. Prints and drawings comprise the largest component of the National Museum of Mexican Art’s permanent collection, with over 3,200 works on paper, including numbered prints, original drawings and artist sketches.

Paintings and Sculptures


The painting and sculptures at the National Museum of Mexican Art's include distinctive works ranging from colonial religious art to contemporary multimedia installations. There are appoximately 325 paintings and sculptures in the museum's collection.


The collection features these artists:

Marco Abarca

Carlos Almaraz

Salvador Almaraz López

Carmen Antunez

Folk Art

The arte popular (folk art) collection at the National Museum of Mexican Art contains over 1,700 objects from many states in Mexico. The materials include Día de los Muertos items, masks, figurines, utilitarian and decorative objects made of low-fire ceramics, papier-mâché, wood and other materials.

Some of the artists represented are:
Josefina Aguilar
Jacobo and Maria Angeles Ojeda
Margarito Ayala M.
Teodora Blanco
Alfonso Castillo Orta
Alvaro de la Cruz
Jose de la Cruz


Mexican textiles are undeniably one of the most admired forms of artisanal craftsmanship in the world. The National Museum of Mexican Art’s textile collection contains over 500 articles of clothing and decorative pieces made in Mexico, all highlighting the beauty and complexity of the Mexican textile tradition. Artifacts include dresses used in folkloric dance, embroideries, huipiles (blouses or dresses), indigenous outfits, men’s clothing and weavings.


Pre-Cuauhtémoc is a term that Carlos Tortolero, National Museum of Mexican Art President and Founder, began to use in the classroom as a Chicago Public Schools high school teacher (1975-1982).  Tortolero purposely sought to de-emphasize the Eurocentric view of Mexican history.  He regarded the popular terms - pre-Hispanic, pre-Colombian and pre-conquest used by academics and institutions as problematic since they placed emphasize on “Europe” to define a specific time period in the Americas.

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