Arizona attorney James T. Bialac (UA, Law, class of '59) began collecting Native American art in 1964. Over the next 50 years, he amassed one of the largest private collections of contemporary Indigenous art in the world.
His collection contains approximately 2,500 two-dimensional works of art and more than 2,500 three-dimensional works, including katsinam carvings, textiles, pottery, and jewelry. Works from the Indigenous cultures of the Southwest comprise the majority of the collection, but Indigenous communities from regions across North America are represented, including the Arctic, the Northeast Woodlands, the Southeast, the Plains, and into Mexico.
Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona