Thordis Niela Simonsen
#189 [detail], monotype, 2011, 10 x 8 in.

Set against a backdrop of art created for art’s sake and handmade utilitarian objects that are, indisputably, works of art, the Museum of Authenticity seeks to inspire the visitor’s own bold adventures in art and life.

MoA is committed to displaying works created by women, youth, and Native American artists as well as those who are unschooled or unknown.

Our goal is to educate, entertain, and inspire, and to arouse as well as satisfy the viewer’s curiosity.

We believe that the value of art is measured not by its “pedigree” or market price, but by its ability to engage the viewer.

Rather than prioritize interpretations by art “experts,” MoA encourages the viewer to honor her/his personal response to works on display.

Recognizing that creativity takes many forms, we hope visitors will leave the Museum of Authenticity with a renewed trust in their own ability to express themselves creatively and a heightened commitment to exercising that ability.