Artwork Donation Guidelines

The National Museum of Mexican Art’s collection goal is to acquire artwork by Mexican and Mexican-descent artists that builds on the strengths of our existing collection:

  • Pre-Cuauhtémoc artifacts
  • Ephemera
  • Prints and drawings
  • Paintings and sculpture
  • Arte popular
  • Photography
  • Textiles and regional dress

The Museum's permanent collection is built by the generosity of art donors and living artists. We do not appraise objects, but you can find a list of appraisers here. To begin the review process for an artwork donation, please submit a cover letter and state if the work(s) is intended for purchase or donation. Also include:

  • Your contact information: name, mailing and email addresses, and daytime phone number.
  • Images of the work(s) to be considered, labeled with the artist’s name, title of work, date of work, medium and dimensions.
  • How, when and where the piece(s) was acquired.
  • Biographical information on lesser-known artists.
  • Copies of relevant articles, reviews or exhibition catalogues.

Submitted information that is approved by the permanent collection curator will be presented to the Permanent Collection Committee, which meets a quarterly. If the artwork is accepted, we will contact the donor with a formal gift agreement and make arrangements for transferring the property. Although efforts are made to exhibit recent acquisitions, we cannot guarantee it. You can be assured that all donated artwork will be preserved and made accessible to a greater audience for years to come. All donations are unconditional and irrevocable.

Please send your artwork donation information to:
National Museum of Mexican Art
Attn: Rebecca D. Meyers
Permanent Collection Curator
1852 W. 19th Street
Chicago, Il 60608

If you have questions or wish to submit information electronically, please contact Rebecca D. Meyers at 312.433.3919.

As we may be unable to return submitted materials, please do not include any original artwork, images or documentation.

Thank you for considering the National Museum of Mexican Art to be the recipient of your cherished items.