We are happy to share a portion of our collections online with researchers and visitors. Within this Collections Portal you can browse selected highlights that staff have put together, or browse and search by collection type.
Please note that what you see here does not represent the entirety of our collections and we are continually adding new records. Feel free to contact us if you are searching for something specific or have questions about our holdings.
MNA co-founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton (1889-1971) was a respected painter and supporter of the arts and arts education. A graduate of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and a founding member of the women artist group “The Philadelphia Ten,” she moved to Flagstaff in 1926 with her husband and children.
She continued to paint but was known for her advocacy of the arts, both in local and reservation schools, and for her support of Native American artists. MNA has 67 of her works, most of which are oil studies and paintings, but they also include watercolors, charcoal and pencil drawings, and her only known sculpture.
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