25 Best In State Galleries, 2017

BELOW ARE THE 25 BEST AMERICAN GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS, 2017

WHO DECIDED THE 300 BEST ARTISTS IN THE WORLD

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Highlight Hollywood, January 20, 2016: 
“The impressive AAA board chooses only one gallery per state per year.
Their selections are based on years established (some galleries with 60+, most with 20+),
industry reputation, online buzz, location,
size (often 20,000 to 60,000 sq ft),
socially relevant exhibits,
motivational and educational programs,
represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references….” 
 
 
 
 
BEST IN PENNSYLVANIA — JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUM.
“…  40,000 square feet… world-class group of paintings… permanent collection of more than 2,800 objects… accredited world-class facility with a broad vision… diverse program of educational activities… Changing exhibitions… attract annually more than 135,000 visitors…”
 
 
 
  BEST IN LOUISIANA — NEWCOMB ART MUSEUM.
“… legacy of education, social enterprise, and artistic experience. Presenting inspiring exhibitions and programs that engage communities… creative exchange of ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations around innovative art and design… founded in 1886… pays tribute to its heritage through shows that recognize the contributions of women to the fields of art and design….”

 
 
 
BEST IN ILLINOIS — HILLIGOSS GALLERIES.
“For over twenty years, Hilligoss has been Chicago’s Premier Art Gallery. The two-story 8,500 square foot gallery is the epitome of a well-oiled machine… perfect marriage of artist, collector and setting… original paintings by the world’s finest living artists, as well as fine prints by historic and 20th century masters.”
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BEST IN NEVADA — THE METROPOLITAN GALLERY OF LAS VEGAS ART MUSEUM. 
“… over 20,000 square feet… intellectual excellence and leadership… dedicated to raising awareness for a range of fine art… to promote an understanding and appreciation of art by making accessible to the public fine art exhibitions, educational programs, and cultural events…  local, regional and international artists… ” 
 
 
 
 
BEST IN SOUTH DAKOTA — SOUTH DAKOTA ART MUSEUM. 
“Since 1970… artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. Harvey Dunn, Native American art, Marghab Linens… 7,000 objects in its collection…” 
 
 
 
 
 BEST IN KENTUCKY — E&S GALLERY.
“… professionalism, reputation, gallery space, exhibitions, artist roster and clientele … 11,000 square foot gallery, custom framing and art publishing… African American art with an unmatched selection of artists, medium, subject matter, and genres. … a premiere selection of original graphics and sculpture by renowned old master artists… ”    
 
 
BEST IN MISSISSIPPI — OHR-O’KEEFE ART MUSEUM.
“…just as Ohr (1857-1918) rose from devastating personal and professional loss to create an extraordinary body of work, so too the Ohr-O’Keefe has risen from Hurricane Katrina’s destruction… homage to the enduring human spirit…. diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast… compelling exhibitions and educational experiences……”
 
 
 
 
BEST IN NEBRASKA — KIECHEL FINE ART.  
“…few have the roster and esteem as Keichel… discerning eye… three story four gallery showplace… many of the top Midwestern Contemporary artists… “
 

 

BEST IN SOUTH CAROLINA — MARY MARTIN GALLERY OF FINE ART.
“… excellence and steady expansion… museum quality art including bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, extraordinary watercolors… number one tourist destination in America… on par with Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive and NY’s Fifth Avenue…”
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BEST IN HAWAII — LIK LAHAINA,  LIK WAIKIKI.
“Peter Lik has 12 exceptional gallery locations and is the most successful photographer in the world… sold upwards of $500 million of artwork… The 2014 sale of his B&W photo titled “Phantom” (a ghostlike shape at an Arizona canyon) for $6,500,000.00 is the highest sum ever paid in its genre. Astoundingly, Lik’s works make up four of the top 20 most expensive photographs ever sold.”
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 BEST IN UTAH — MEYER GALLERY.
“… over 50 years, a contemporary art icon in Utah. The building (former First National Bank of Utah) is listed with the National Register of Historic Places and on the Park City Museum’s Historic district tour. Featuring both representational and abstract works… “
 
 
 

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — BLUE RAIN GALLERY.

“…Santa Fe’s Blue Rain Gallery is an exceptional exhibitor of all factions of art, from flat to sculpture. With pieces from noted glass artisans Dante Marioni and Preston Singletary to bronze sculptures and wood sculptures to two-dimensional works, artisans contribute elegant to elemental, neo-traditional to transcendental, neo-tribal to contemporary Native American… “
 
 
 
 
BEST IN MISSOURI — UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI MUSEUM OF ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY.
“…Stunning collections across a wide range of cultures… Greek, Roman, Near Eastern art works, ancient Egypt, Byzantium, Asian, African, Ancient Americas, and Oceanic cultures… important collections in European and American art from the fifteenth century to the present… “
 
 
 
 
BEST IN CALIFORNIA — CODA GALLERY.
“…A Palm Dessert landmark for thirty years, this contemporary El Paseo gallery has a vast collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, and ceramic works by a wide range of established, mid-career, and emerging artists…”
 
 
 
 
BEST IN OREGON — ROGER YOST GALLERY.
“Located in a 1927 art deco tower in the heart of Downtown Salem, Oregon’s capital city… more than 7500 square feet of exhibit space featuring paintings and sculpture from Lithuania, The Czech Republic, Vietnam, France, Germany, Argentina, Russia, Spain, UK, Budapest and Hollywood. A second location coastal version in Newport…”
 
 
 
 
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER.
“132,000 sq. ft…  one of the only multi-discipline arts institutions… For nearly 100 years, the top cultural attraction of the Pikes Peak region… world’s finest art… extraordinary visceral experiences…”
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BEST IN ARIZONA — BENTLEY GALLERY.
“For 30+ years, Bentley Gallery has been synonymous with contemporary painting and sculpture in the Southwestern United States. The Phoenix art gallery represents mid-career and museum-collected artists from the U.S. and Europe, as well as ancient art and artifacts. Chinese bi and cong from the Neolithic period co-exist seamlessly with contemporary paintings and sculptures; stimulating and compelling.”
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BEST IN MAINE — PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART.
“Cultural heart of Portland… significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine… a steadfast commitment to their community and region… their high level of attention to the complexity of art and history exemplifies respect for artwork and art makers…”
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BEST IN CONNECTICUT — BRUCE MUSEUM.
“109 years… natural history, historical, and art museum… high on a hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor… nearly 15,000 objects: paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, multimedia compositions… accreditation from the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums), an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. Voted the best museum in Fairfield County by area media in recent years.  70,000 visitors annually… “
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BEST IN FLORIDA — ART FUSION GALLERIES.
8,000 square feet… in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Art District… preeminent gallery in Miami for integrating the best of Emerging to Mid-Career Contemporary artists… represents over 1,000… “
 
 
 
 
BEST IN INDIANA — HAAN MANSION MUSEUM OF INDIANA ART.
“Holds the most extensive Indiana art collection in the US, including paintings from the Hoosier Group and Brown County Art Colony. Specializing in major oils, over 100 artists are represented. Haan is a true find; a rare hospitable time-capsule cradling a precious past.”
 
 
 
 
BEST IN VIRGINIA — WILLIAMSBURG ART GALLERY.
“Located on Merchants Square along Duke of Gloucester Street in beautiful downtown Williamsburg, Virginia… Historic Triangle…  a natural and inspiring home for art, dedicated to showcasing the beauty of the region as depicted by local as well as international artists, including exceptional work of Russian modern masters… a crossroads for art.”
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BEST IN GEORGIA — HATHAWAY CONTEMPORARY GALLERY.
A premier contemporary art gallery located on the Westside of Atlanta. They give space to the cutting-edge artists of today to express creative voice and explore societal issues… committed to building a supportive, sustaining community for the arts.”
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BEST IN MONTANA — DANA GALLERY.
4000 sq. ft. of space, making it the largest contemporary art gallery in Montana. Excellent 20+ year reputation. They represent Montana and regional painters many of whom are internationally recognized…”
 
 
 
 
 BEST IN NEW JERSEY — EVALYN DUNN GALLERY.
“It is very rare to find a gallery so successful that it is approaching it’s 60th year… also features the finest 20th Century American and European art…”
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