The 25 Best American Galleries And Museums In America

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This year, we again had the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best American galleries and museums in America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, known globally as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless and painter of the BLUE X paintings, chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred museums and galleries. We study thousands each year and have selected all 25 for 2016. This year we award some enormous museums with historical significance of 100+ years, some with 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, some with 100,000 objects. We also select some of the most reputable and/or popular galleries, with different specialty genres. We also chose a few regional art centers making an impact on their communities offering inspiration and education.”
www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards museums and galleries each spring, as well as 300 international artists in autumn, with critique from America’s best museums and galleries.AAA25.0
Below are American Art Awards 25 Best American Galleries Or Museums in 2016, in order of their reveal, with links to their recent Highlight Hollywood articles.
BEST IN COLORADO — COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ART 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 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…”
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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… “
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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 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… “
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BEST IN INDIANA — GRUNWALD GALLERY OF ART.
“… thirty exhibits annually… collaborate with scientists and scholars to produce exhibits that interpret visual art in a broader scientific or humanities context… experimental or traditional… “
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BEST IN CALIFORNIA — EXCLUSIVE COLLECTIONS GALLERY.
“… professionalism, reputation, gallery space, red carpet events, trajectory, artist roster and clientele… Beverly Hills location… Laguna Beach location… two San Diego locations… the epitome of a contemporary gallery.”

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SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/exclusive-collections-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-california-2016/

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…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/michener-art-museum-named-best-gallery-in-pennsylvania-for-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN HAWAII — LIK LAHAINA, LIKE WAIKIKI.
“Peter Lik has 13 exceptional gallery locations throughout the word 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.”

SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/lik-lahaina-and-lik-waikiki-named-best-galleries-in-hawaii-2016/

BEST IN NEVADA — NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART.
“…four-story structure…  2,500 works of 19th through 21st-century art… diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions, unified by two basic principles: a concern for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on natural environments, and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century.”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/nevada-museum-of-art-named-best-gallerymuseum-in-nevada-for-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN UTAH — UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART.
“…jewel of the region, the showplace of Salt Lake City and the epitome of a contemporary museum… an award-winning aesthetic force and community leader since it was established 85 years ago… four-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and is also a 2015 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works Grant Award.”

SEE FULL STORY HERE:   http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/utah-museum-of-contemporary-art-named-best-museum-in-utah-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN IOWA — MOBERG GALLERY.
“… exceptional eye for contemporary masterpieces and 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.”

SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/moberg-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-iowa-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive/

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…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE:  http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/evalyn-dunn-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-new-jersey-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive/

BEST IN FLORIDA — ART FUSION GALLERIES.
“8,000 square foot… 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… ”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/art-fusion-galleries-named-best-gallery-in-florida-2016-highlight-hollywood-news-exclusive/

BEST IN MINNESOTA — DOUBLETAKE GALLERY.
“…enormous international Internet presence, with millions of hits…  LeRoy Neiman, Salvador Dali, Peter Max, Frederick Hart, Erte, Norman Rockwell…  fine art consignment and brokerage service… multi-functional, innovative… essentially endless art options…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/doubletake-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-minnesota-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive/

BEST IN RHODE ISLAND — RISD MUSEUM.
“140 years… magnificent phenomenon, a remarkable achievement exhibiting 100,000 objects… Impressionist paintings, 20th- and 21st-century design, Gorham silver, Newport furniture, an ancient Egyptian mummy, 12th-century Buddha… Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Manet, Picasso, Rothko, Sargent, Turner, van Gogh, Warhol…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/03/risd-museum-named-best-gallery-or-museum-in-rhode-island-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

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BEST IN IDAHO — PRICHARD ART GALLERY.
“…premier venue for the state of Idaho… critically engaged, forward thinking arts space… freedom-oriented… encourages experimentation… emerging as well as established artists… ”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/prichard-art-gallery-named-best-gallery-or-museum-in-idaho-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN OKLAHOMA — OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER.
“…Nonprofit organization… encourages artistic expression… affordable arts programming and education…  Oklahoma’s top artists… $26 million capital campaign… spectacular new facility just south of downtown OK…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/oklahoma-contemporary-arts-center-named-best-gallery-or-museum-in-oklahoma-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN ILLINOIS — HILLIGOSS GALLERIES.
“For almost 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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SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/hilligoss-galleries-awarded-best-gallery-in-illinois-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

BEST IN NEW MEXICO — WILDER NIGHTINGALE GALLERY.
“22 years… over 35 Taos and regional artists, with eclectic works ranging from contemporary abstracts to traditional Taos landscapes in oil, pastel and watercolor. Leading artist such as BJ Briner, Tom Noble, Rory Wagner, Margaret Nes and Stephen Day…”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/wilder-nightingale-fine-art-awarded-best-gallery-in-new-mexico-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

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BEST IN MICHIGAN — ART LEADERS GALLERY.
“10,000 square foot show room… over 24 years they have earned an impeccable reputation and are one of the leading residential and corporate art dealers in the state.”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/art-leaders-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-michigan-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

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BEST IN OREGON — BRONZE COAST GALLERY.
“24th year… one of the Oregon Coast’s premiere fine art galleries… specializing in limited edition bronze sculpture… popular tourist attraction…
dozens of award-winning  regional, national and international artists…”

SEE FULL STORY HERE: http://highlighthollywood.com/2016/04/bronze-coast-gallery-named-best-gallery-in-oregon-2016-highlight-hollywood-exclusive-news/

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BEST IN WASHINGTON — BRICK WALL PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY.
“”…only Spokane gallery dedicated entirely to photography… ten years they have exhibited some of the finest photography in America… nature, landscapes, as well as contemporary compositions by students and educators…”
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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….”
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BEST IN MAINE — FARNSWORTH ART MUSEUM.
“20,000 square feet… 15,000 works. For nearly seventy years, they have exhibited a nationally recognized collection of art from America’s greatest artists… Farnsworth’s library… Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House …complete the museum complex…”
SEE FULL STORY HERE: COMING NEXT WEEK
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