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New Acquisitions

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, which includes artworks in all media—from painting and sculpture to film and media art, photographs, folk art, and contemporary craft—reveals key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. In recent years, the museum's acquisition efforts have focused on strengthening its modern and contemporary collections, as well as acquiring major works by Latino artists.

Below are links to selected recent acquisitions.


Inquiries about Donating Artworks

If you are an artist, collector, or dealer with an artwork you wish to be considered by the museum for acquisition, please follow the guidelines below. Do not ship, send, or bring original artworks to the museum; the museum cannot return artworks to senders. Inquiries in person or by telephone will not be considered.

  • Submit materials by mail or email with attachments or links to online work.
  • Include a letter of intent.
  • Send copies (no original artwork) of color printouts (approx. 8 x 10 inches) or JPEG files at 300 dpi.
  • Video work should be submitted on a single DVD as a high resolution QuickTime file.
  • Include a biography, Curriculum Vitae (CV), artist's statement, website address, and selected copies of press materials.

  • Please send all unsolicited submissions to:

    Curatorial Department
    Smithsonian American Art Museum
    MRC 970 PO Box 37012
    Washington, DC 20013-7012