National Calendar of Art Exhibitions


(above, John Cogan, Portrait of Red Arch Mountain, 2019, acrylic. photo courtesy of National Park Service. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


What is included in the National Calendar of Art Exhibitions


The National Calendar of Exhibitions provides the public a specialized listing of current, future and past exhibitions held at American art museums and other non-profit institutions. The Calendar references exhibitions devoted primarily to American representational art.

See covered institutions here: A-C D-G H-L M-Q R-S T-Z.

A key factor in determining whether upcoming exhibitions will be posted in the Calendar is the likelihood of long term online durability of information about exhibitions posted by institutional exhibitors on their websites and from other online sources with related materials such as magazine articles and postings on artists' websites. Also, as noted above, Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) favors exhibitions for posting in the Calendar with an eye towards coverage in Topics in American Art

TFAO studies exhibition content previously posted in its own site to see if information about upcoming exhibitions is: either duplicative or adds new material, such as in the case of touring exhibitions with multiple venues; significantly additive for artists and subjects covered by TFAO since 1997. Prior citations in Topics aren't repeated.

TFAO favors for each exhibition to be listed in the Calendar, and cited in Topics, content beyond a brief description (less than 300 words) posted online by exhibiting institutions. Enriched content may include images, an in-depth description, plus links to videos, a teacher guide, press releases, media coverage, wall texts, object labels, check list, brochure and more. If a museum has not yet added enriched information about an exhibition at the time of its posting of an upcoming exhibit, yet based on study of postings of prior exhibitions is likely to add material when the future exhibition becomes a current one, TFAO may take that pattern into consideration when deciding whether or not to include the exhibition in the Calendar.

Some exhibitions are excluded, including:

Artist organizations include cooperatives, clubs and other membership societies.


(above, Gari Melchers, Joan of Arc, oil on canvas, 30 x 23 inches, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


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