Gifts of Arts

The Museum appreciates the generosity of donors who wish to make gifts of art. Donating artwork requires special attention and every donation must undergo a formal review process. Although a work may be artistically significant, it may not be appropriate for the Harwood Museum of Art’s collection. Please see our Collections Management Policy for a full list of criteria for accessions. If or when a work of art is accepted, it will be cared for to the highest standards and displayed for the scholarship and enjoyment of generations to come.

Donating a Work of Art

Contact the Collections Department to learn more about donating a work of art. Email your inquiry to with the following information:

• Title
• Artist
• Date
• Size
• Medium
• Condition
• Current location of the work(s)
• Provenance (when, how, and from whom did you acquire the work)
• Highest resolution image available
• If one already exists, a professional appraisal or valuation

Please note that after a gift is submitted to the Collections Committee, the review process may take several months

The authority to accept all gifts and purchases into the Permanent Collection rests with the Governing Board of the Harwood Museum of Art, based on recommendations from the Harwood Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. Collections Committee members are carefully selected members of the community with art historical and museum expertise chosen to reflect the diverse perspectives of our Northern New Mexico community.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please email Dora Dillistone, Collections Committee Chair at

Collections Committee Meeting Dates
January 17, 2023
April 11, 2023
July 18, 2023
September 19, 2023

Image Credit: Emil Bisttram, “Out of Space” (detail), 1954, casein on canvas, unframed: 27 1/16 x 36 in, framed: 32 1/4 x 41 1/4 in. Gift of The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.