Collections at the NIC

The museum began collecting in 1984. At that time the focus of the collections was extremely broad. In response to the evolving mission statement of the institution, the museum has periodically revised its Collections Management Policy to define the scope of the collection in a more focused and narrow manner. From the earliest stages of the development of the collections, the museum strived to set itself apart from other museums in the region. The NIC is the only major museum in the state to focus solely on collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the Rocky Mountain Region. The Permanent Collections are estimated to contain approximately 6,265 objects, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, drawings, photographs, prints and other works on paper. The collection is divided into two areas: the general permanent collection and special collections.