Smithsonian American Art Museum

formerly named

National Museum of American Art

Washington, D.C.



(above: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo © 2014 John Hazeltine)


Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:

To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (4/15/11)

Earl Cunningham's America (9/20/08)

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape (8/25/07)

Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (5/3/07)


Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination (12/5/06)

American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America (9/22/06)

Bronze Sculpture of "Robert Emmet" (1916), by Jerome Stanley Connor (1876­1943) Restored by Smithsonian American Art Museum (9/23/03)

The Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf: A Retrospective of Forty Years (6/24/03)

Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (4/15/03)


George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (7/31/02)

Star-Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou (12/4/00)

The Grand Salon of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery Reopens (5/30/00)

The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft (4/2/00)

Over 500 NMAA "Treasures to Go" to 70 Museums Nationwide (8/6/99)

Edward Hopper: The Watercolors (8/6/99)

Renwick Gallery Showcases Glass! Glorious Glass! (8/6/99)


Woodcuts by Hiratsuka: A Master in Our Midst (6/3/99)

Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art (5/16/99)

Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory at NMAA (4/11/99)

Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life (3/16/99)


Silver & Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush (11/6/98)

Art of the Gold Rush (11/5/98)

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints 9/23/98)

Posters American Style (1/2/98)


The Paintings of Charles Burchfield (9/16/97)

Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America (4/4/97)

The Bard Brothers (1997)

CD-ROM (1997)


The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with approximately 41,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building, a dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture, is located at Eighth and F streets N.W. in the heart of a revitalized downtown arts district. For hours and admission fees please see the Museum's website. (as of 2005)


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