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The AMERICAN ART AWARDS board chooses only one gallery or museum or art center per state per year.  Among other criteria, selections are based on years established, industry reputation, online buzz, location, size, aesthetics, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references….


American Art Awards 20 Best Galleries & Museums for 2023, in alphabetical order:



Rising like a gigantic mystical temple in Sedona, this 20,000 sq ft showplace displays the finest of every style from classical to contemporary. Serving private or commercial needs, Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art offers small maquettes to monumental bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic otherworldly paintings, fine art jewelry, enchanting glass art…    MEDIUM ARTICLE



Located in the Sterling Hardware Building in the Gaslamp Quarter District of downtown San Diego, Sparks Gallery exhibits and sells original Contemporary Artwork primarily by Southern California artists who innovate and provide excellent craftsmanship in a multitude of mediums. Founded in 2013, the stunning venue showcases collaborative exhibitions and solo exhibitions with a focus on surreal and impressionistic artwork, in themes ranging from portraiture and figurative to landscape and conceptual.  MEDIUM ARTICLE


  Both the booming Denver gallery, Mirada Fine Art, and owner/curator Steve Sonnen continue to be prominently featured in national and international art publications as well as appearing on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists. Lively spirited art, insightful exhibits, a Colorado vortex.  MEDIUM ARTICLE



Four locations equaling 20,000 sq ft gives MAC ART GALLERIES the largest exhibition space in South Florida, and with close proximity to Art Basel & Art Miami, they are a vital part of today’s art culture. Maintains an in-house Multimedia Department complete with digital photography studio, state-of-the-art Gicleé printing facility – with computer-graphic/prepress. For over 20 years, owner Mary Ann Cohen has represented many of the world’s most accomplished and commercial artists: selling internationally to upscale hotels, restaurants, corporations, luxury cruise ships and museums.  MEDIUM ARTICLE



BLACK ART IN AMERICA™ (BAIA) is a multifaceted arts company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2010 the mission has been to document, preserve and promote the contributions of the African American arts community. About half a million visitors from 100 countries visit their leading online portal and network each month for their social media pages: Black Art In America™ and Garden Art for the Soul. BAIA breaks news, arranges gallery shows and meet-ups, markets trends, and profiles leading (and emerging) Black visual artists.  MEDIUM ARTICLE 



Gallery Forty-Two is downtown Indianapolis’ premier event venue space. The building is recognized by the Historic Preservation of Indianapolis as the oldest surviving commercial structure in the city; original construction in the 1830’s. A masterful renovation was completed in 2014 by philanthropic natives of Indiana, Jim and Linda Hunter.  Purchased in 2021 by local businessman and two-time Olympian, Bill Kessler, Gallery Forty-Two honors its past, and salutes the present and future with noteworthy exhibitions of Mid-West artisans.   MEDIUM ARTICLE


Located in a three-story building in historic Old Town district, CityArts is home to more than 35 professional artists who teach art to the community and engage with students who learn how to create pieces of art in a supportive community setting. Year-round classes are offered in digital arts, photography, mixed media, silversmithing, glass fusing, glass blowing, painting, pottery and drawing. For 25 years, the organization has been dedicated to providing education, information and artistic opportunities to all members of the diverse Wichita community.   MEDIUM ARTICLE



KMAC Contemporary Art Museum is Louisville’s premier contemporary art museum and is located in historic downtown Louisville on Museum Row. The Museum focuses on exploring the relationship between contemporary art and the craft process by identifying art as the “big idea” and craft as the intersection between process, materials, labor. Through exhibitions, education, and collections, the Museum connects people to contemporary art and creative practice through the exploration of these relationships.  MEDIUM ARTICLE 



For 25 years, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery has been a contemporary hotspot with a public conscience; focused on forward thinking artists with a sense of purpose, mission, and message. The stimulating and provocative museum-like exhibitions have been celebrated in The New York Times, Art In America, The Art Newspaper, The Associated Press, ArtNews, NPR and many other international publications. MEDIUM ARTICLE



For forty years, Clarke Gallery has been buying and selling fine art from the 19th through the 20th centuries. Specializing in American painting and sculpture, the Rockland gallery often carries treasures from Europe, Asia and Latin America.  Peter Clarke has a broad understanding of the changing art movements that shape the industry and culture which provides collectors the knowledge necessary to make strategic decisions on acquisitions. Online review: “Stumbled upon Clarke Gallery in Rockland. WOW! Never expected to see such a sophisticated art gallery in Maine. Not tourist paintings but art fit for a museum.”   MEDIUM ARTICLE


Renowned artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey, husband Steve, and son Morgan opened their first gallery in Bigfork, Montana to facilitate and inspire western art experiences with collectors, artists, and community. In 2017 Cawdrey Gallery relocated to Whitefish and expanded to represent more than 30 artists working in over 10 different media. The spirit of the West is as dynamic and diverse as ever at Cawdrey Gallery, which showcases preeminent Western Art in a range of subject matter and mediums from sublimely painted vistas to animated sculptures.  MEDIUM ARTICLE 

Located in the heart of historic downtown Lincoln, this three-floor towering showplace, Kiechel Fine Art, exhibits the top Midwestern Contemporary artists as well as 19th & 20th century American Art. Endless inventory of Old Master & Contemporary originals and prints, placing works in some of the top private, corporate and public collections across the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Smithsonian Institution and Crystal Bridges.   MEDIUM ARTICLE

Elena Bulatova Fine Art currently maintains two brick-and-mortar locations for collectors and new enthusiasts to visit daily. The California location sits in the center of beautiful El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert, while the stunning Las Vegas location is located inside The Shops at Crystals. The multi-award winning galleries feature a full breadth of mediums and offer various contemporary collections on display.    MEDIUM ARTICLE

With 23 years of experience in the world of fine art, Thornwood Gallery has earned a reputation for placing high-quality work by international and national artists for residences, corporate offices, and hotels. Their stunning locations in Houston’s iconic Gallery Row and Santa Fe’s famous historic Canyon Road focus on 60 of the finest artists and their work, ranging from abstract to impressionism to realism to photography to sculpture.  MEDIUM ARTICLE

Gallery 23 NY is one of the only non-profit art galleries in New York City. Located in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking district, the multi-faceted organization showcases emerging artists, with an emphasis on neo-expressionism, street, and pop art. Knowing that infusing art and creativity within the community has the capacity to make a lasting imprint, G23NY passionately promotes artists who are able to convey their story and invite conversation through dynamic and revolutionary craft and skill.  MEDIUM ARTICLE


For almost 40 years, Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art has cultivated meaningful and long-term relationships with residents, tourists, artists, clients, designers, architects and trade professionals from her sophisticated landmark gallery in downtown Charleston (named the number one tourist destination in America). Both Mary Martin Gallery I and Mary Martin Gallery II represent a wide array of regional, national and international artists providing museum quality bronze and stone sculptures and innovative oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings – appealing to collectors in every country.  MEDIUM ARTICLE 


Since 1970, for 53 years, the South Dakota Art Museum beautifully houses the artistic legacy of South Dakota in all its diversity. 7,000 objects in its collection include Harvey Dunn paintings, Native American art, Marghab Linens, and much more.    MEDIUM ARTICLE

Ao5 Gallery is Austin’s largest contemporary art gallery, and has been committed to bringing a wide selection of accessible fine art to Austin since 1998. They are constantly changing the display of featured artists to attract new visitors and keep the gallery fresh. With multiple artist receptions and events each month, there is always something new to see and experience, even for frequent visitors. MEDIUM ARTICLE



Owner Lisa Helmholz-Adams, an innovator in the Vermont fine art industry for 28 years, has a unique ability to find highly collectible art, as does her mother Romona Helmholz, serving as Director. Lisa’s formative years in West Africa helped her appreciate diverse art and international cultures, which guides her philanthropic endeavors with organizations such as Global Reach. Helmholz Fine Art features dynamic large-scale contemporary art (sculpture, classical realism, abstract expressionism, fine art photography) as well as exuberant street art, by nationally-recognized artists.  MEDIUM ARTICLE




Owned and operated by wildlife painter, Carrie Wild, and her husband, wildlife photographer Jason Williams, Gallery Wild has stunning locations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Well received by the Jackson Hole community and quickly established as a mainstay gallery on Broadway opposite the historic Wort Hotel, this collection features established and emerging artists offering both oil and acrylic paintings, bronze sculpture, mixed media and photography.   MEDIUM ARTICLE




Alabama Contemporary Art Center
Monty Stabler Galleries

Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art Gallery

Exposures International Gallery Of Fine Art
Bentley Gallery
Exposed Gallery
The Paulina Miller Gallery

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery
The Cantrell Gallery

Exclusive Collections Galleries
Revolver Gallery
CODA Gallery
The Mcloughlin Gallery
David Streets Gallery

Mirada Fine Art
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Clyfford Still Museum
Colorado Fine Arts Center At Colorado College

Bruce Museum
Westside River Gallery
Cavalier Galleries

The Delaware Contemporary 

Mac Art Galleries
LIK Fine Art Miami
LIK Fine Art Key West
Art Fusion Galleries
City Loft Art
Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art Gallery

Westobou Gallery
Hathaway Contemporary Gallery
Tew Galleries

Sunshine Arts  
LIK Fine Art Lahaina
LIK Fine Art Maui

Prichard Art Gallery
Painter’s Chair Fine Art Gallery

Trickster Art Gallery
Komechak Art Gallery
The Leigh Gallery

Haan Mansion Museum Of Indiana Art
Lubeznik Center For The Arts
Grunwald Gallery Of Art
CCA Gallery

Moberg Gallery

Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery
Eva Reynolds Fine Arts
The Rice Gallery Of Fine Art

E&S Gallery
Fine Art Firm
Ann Tower Gallery

Arthur Roger Gallery   
Newcomb Art Museum
Octavia Gallery

Portland Museum Of Art
Farnsworth Art Museum
Mast Cove Gallery
June Fitzpatrick Gallery

Annapolis Marine Art Gallery
Divergence Fine Art

Boston Sculptors Gallery
Quidley & Company
Michelson Gallery
Diana Levine Fine Art

Lafontsee Galleries
Art Leaders Gallery
Park West Gallery

Modern Artifact
Doubletake Gallery

The Ohr-O’keefe Museum Of Art
Brown’s Fine Art
Negrotto’s Gallery & Custom Framing
Southern Breeze Gallery

University Of Missouri Museum Of Art And Archeology
Hilliard Gallery
Kemper Museum Of Contemporary Art

Dana Gallery
Depot Gallery

Kiechel Fine Art
The Burkholder Project
Lewis Art Gallery

The Metropolitan Gallery Of Las Vegas Art Museum
Sin City Gallery
Richardson Gallery Of Fine Art
Nevada Museum Of Art 

Rochester Museum Of Fine Arts  
Mill Brook Gallery

Evalyn Dunn Gallery
Jkk Fine Arts And Gallery Of Modern Symbolism

Anderson Museum Of Contemporary Art
Blue Rain Gallery      
Pippin Contemporary
Wilder Nightingale Gallery
Downey Gallery

Center For Exploratory & Perceptual Arts   
Arcadia Contemporary
Spanierman Gallery
Walter Wickiser Gallery
LIK Fine Art New York

Mccoll Fine Art

Lee Hayden Gallery
Dayton Art Solutions

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
Avondale Galleries 
50 Penn Place Gallery

Jordan Schnitzer Museum Of Art
Bronze Coast Gallery  
Roger Yost Bay Street Gallery

James A. Michener Art Museum

RISD Museum
The Gallery At 17 Peck

Mary Martin Galleries Of Fine Art   

South Dakota Art Museum 
Prairie Edge Fine Art Gallery

Tinney Contemporary
Bennett Galleries Nashville

Ao5 Gallery
Craighead Green Gallery
Jacques Lamy Art Gallery

Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art
Logan Fine Art Gallery
The Leonardo
Southam Gallery
Meyer Gallery

West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park
Gallery Northstar
Vermont Fine Art Gallery

Lazare Gallery
Williamsburg Art Gallery
Chasen Galleries

Maryhill Museum Of Art
Brick Wall Photographic Gallery
Gallery IMA
Abmeyer + Wood

The Ralls Collection
LIK Fine Art Washington DC

West Virginia State Museum
Parkersburg Art Center

Museum Of Wisconsin Art
The Madison Museum Of Contemporary Art
Milward Farrell Fine Art
Light Ideas Gallery

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