An aerial view of the Heard Museum buildings and courtyard at dawn, featuring a spiral design of pavement and green grass.

Press Releases

There’s always something happening at the Heard. Read about our exhibitions, events, programs and partnerships, with access to our press releases and media coverage.


23rd Annual Moondance Gala set for Oct 26, 2024

Kids & grown-ups can explore the Heard with Heardlings

Incredible “kicks” opening with Art & Sole

2024 IF+M – Best of Show Winners

Josiah Enriquez is 2024 World Hoop Champion

An incredible lineup of artists at the 66th Indian Fair & Market

Maria Martinez transforms Heard to Black on Black

Heard Museum Opens Bashas Exhibition

34th World Hoop Championship coming in Feb

Heard Museum Earns Reaccreditation Award from American Alliance of Museums


Moondance Gala raises over $1.2 million

A Big Welcome to John Coggins

Canadian Art from over 400 years celebrated in Early Days

Sneakerheads & Skateboards love the Heard

The North Star Changes with Brenda Mallory

Celebrate Hawaiian art & culture on Lei Day

2023 Heard Fair BoS Winners

Don’t miss these 10 pieces of art at the Heard Museum

Hoop Press Release 2023



Arizona PBS partnering with The Heard Museum to host free ‘Molly of Denali’ event

Get ready for the ‘Sky Dome,’ a massive native art experience coming to Phoenix

Substance of Stars Press Release

Press Release | Heard Museum reschedules World Championship Hoop Dance Contest to March 26 & 27, 2022


Video: Indian Country Today Newscast includes unveiling ceremony of new sculpture by Elk Woman, commissioned for the Heard by Wayne and Marie Mitchell (3:52)

Downtown Devil: Heard Museum celebrates Native American heritage, veterans

Phoenix New Times: Holiday Markets in Metro Phoenix

Press Release | Snell and Wilmer Partner John F. Lomax, Jr. elected Chair of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees

Press Release | Heard Museum First Friday Features Steven Paul Judd and Donick Cary

Press Release | Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art opened Oct. 26 at the Heard Museum

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards $123 Million in Surprise Grants to 71 Nonprofits—the Largest Single-Day Grant Initiative in Arizona History

Ornament Magazine: ‘Small Wonders: A Beautiful Tradition of Change’

Essex News Daily: Montclair Art Museum to present ‘Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles’

AZ Central: Two Heard Museum exhibitions featured in article, ‘Must See Art Exhibitions and Shows for August 2021’

Press Release | Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Returns to Historic Campus for the 2022 Event

Visit Phoenix: ‘Experience American Indian Culture in Phoenix’

Cowboys & Indians Magazine Online includes All at Once: the Gift of Navajo Weaving in the article, ‘Summertime Art Exhibitions and Events’

Press Release | Popular Heard Museum exhibition Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight extended through July 3 ‘4 Unique Must-Visit Museums In Phoenix’

Press Release | Heard Museum Announces Next Grand Gallery Exhibition Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art

Native News Online: ‘Bank of America Sponsors Heard Museum to Overcome Pandemic Losses’

New Times: ‘Arizona Photographers Named 2021 Guggenheim Fellows — And More Metro Phoenix Arts News’

New Times: ‘Seven Art Exhibits You Need to See in Metro Phoenix This Spring’

Bank of America’s Masterpiece Moment—a new video series that celebrates great works of art profiles Allan Houser’s Earth Song

Phoenix New Times: ’15 Women Curators to Know in Arizona’ includes Heard curators Diana Pardue and Erin Joyce profiles new exhibition, Small Wonders

Press Release | Pandemic-themed Soft Sculpture Figure Named “Best of Show” at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

Press Release | 2021 Hoop Dance Contest Winners

Widewalls: ‘Revisiting the Art of Leon Polk Smith’

Forbes | Bank Of America Teams With Leading Art Museums Through New ‘Masterpiece Moment’ Program

Visit Arizona includes Heard Museum in its ‘Insider’s Guide to Phoenix’ article.

AZ Foothills Magazine: ‘The 2021 Heard Museum Hoop Dance Contest Goes Virtual’

Press Release | All At Once: The Gift of Navajo Weaving exhibition opens

Press Release | Heard Museum’s annual Hoop Dance Contest is going virtual

AZ Central includes Heard Museum’s First Friday event with Chip Thomas and Esther Belin in their “December Must-See Arts Events.”

Heard Museum included in travel article on Uptown Phoenix

Chicago Tribune and The New York Times include Heard Museum in article, “How to Staycation in 6 American Cities.”

Press Release | Holidays at the Heard – Nov. 27, 2020 through Jan. 1, 2021

AZ Foothills Magazine: ‘Heard Museum Announces New Grand Gallery Exhibition: “Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight”‘

Press Release | Heard Museum Explores One of the Great American Artists of the 20th Century with New Grand Gallery Exhibition

DTPHX: ‘The Heard Museum: A Staple Thing to Do in Phoenix Since 1929’ includes Heard Museum in top 20 list of Arizona attractions to visit

New York Times: ‘Movies and Museums Are Coming Back. Should You Go?’


Larger Than Memory named “Best Art Exhibit” in Phoenix New Times’ Best of Phoenix 2020 names Heard Museum one of the 5 “must see” museums in the Western U.S.

Indian Country Today: ‘Larger Than Memory’ is larger than life at Phoenix museum

Henry Luce Foundation: Survey of Contemporary Indigenous North American Art Opens at Heard Museum

AZ Family profiles Larger Than Memory and interviews Chief Curator Diana Pardue and artist Stephen Yazzie (Diné/Laguna)

AZ Red Book: Heard Museum Presents ‘Larger Than Memory’

Ornament Magazine: ‘Richard Chavez: Meticulous Geometry’

New Times Arts Roundup features Larger Than Memory: Contemporary Indigenous Art from North America

Wide Walls Magazine: Surveying Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America

Artful Jaunt: A Show of Indigenous Artists in Phoenix Has Questions For Museums Everywhere

Press Release | Heard Museum’s largest exhibition of contemporary Native art, Larger Than Memory, opens Sept. 4

Smithsonian collaboration helps the Heard Museum reunite Yup’ik masks

ASU Cronkite News: School-to-prison pipeline has deep roots in tangled history of tribal schools

Heard Museum’s Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Wins 2020 AASLH Award of Excellence

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards major grant to Heard Museum

Press Release: Heard Museum Announces Full List of Participating Artists for Larger Than Memory Exhibition

Heard Museum Reopening Media Advisory

Red Book includes articles on Larger than Memory and Hoop in its April 2020 travel issue (see pages 13 & 18)

New Times includes Heard@Home in list of favorite creative spaces online.

Heard Museum is no. 1 on the list of Destination Mundo: The 5 Best Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona

Hyperallergic reviews Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun

March 24, 2020 | Message from the Heard Museum CEO concerning COVID-19

Downtown Devil recommends the Heard Museum Digital Library in their article, “How To Keep Yourself Occupied At Home.”

Heard Museum Temporarily Closed.
Scheduled to reopen April 6th, 2020.

Travel website Lonely Planet names Heard Museum one of the best art museums in the US

Exhibition Press Release: Larger Than Memory

ArtDaily: “The Heard Museum presents David Hockney’s first exhibition in Arizona.”


PR Newswire : “The Heard Museum presents David Hockney’s first exhibition in Arizona paired with Indigenous California Basketry.”

Heard Museum Reopens Landmark Boarding School Exhibition, Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Josef Albers in Mexico Press Release

Heard Museum Guild Announces 61st-Annual Indian Fair & Market, March 2-3


Heard Museum to present original exhibition featuring rare works by Henri Matisse and the Native Alaskan Masks that inspired him


Andrew Mellon Foundation awards Heard Museum Fellowship grant to support textile conservation

Large-scale exhibition of masterworks by T.C. Cannon opens at Heard Museum

Iconic Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibition extended through Sept. 4, 2017