Museum Membership & Support

The C.N. Gorman Museum was founded in 1973 by the UC Davis Department of Native American Studies and named in honor of retired faculty member, Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, WWII code-talker, cultural historian, and advocate for Native peoples. As a founding faculty member of Native American Studies, Gorman was the first faculty member to teach Native American art at UC Davis in 1969.

For over forty years, the C.N. Gorman Museum has been dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists and artists of diverse cultures and histories. The Museum's reputation of artistic excellence is proven by its company of exhibiting artists, including some of the most established Native American artists as well as the next generation of emerging Indigenous artists. The C.N. Gorman Museum is unique for its commitment to exhibiting contemporary artworks in a wide range of media by artists from throughout the Americas and globally.

Membership and contributions directly support exhibition and event programming, as well as benefit the care and conservation of our permanent collections. Museum membership also enables a greater level of support for our featured artists in the forms of honoraria, residencies, and exhibit publications.

Join now by making your tax-deductible donation to the CN Gorman Museum
on the secure UCD Giving website.

Or download a Membership Form
to send in.

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