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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Fellowship Appointments

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of twelve new fellows for the 2000/2001 session. The museum's program, established in 1970, grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, dostdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships, as well as 10-week graduate student awards.

"The Smithsonian American Art Museum is honored to host these scholars throughout the upcoming year and to continue our long-standing tradition of fostering academic excellence," said Elizabeth Broun, director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's 2000/2001 fellows are as follows:

  • Adrienne Baxter, Sheila W. and Richard J. Schwartz fellow, .Columbia University, "The Metaphysical Paintings of George Inness"

  • Jane Carpenter, Sara Roby Foundation fellow, University of Michigan, "Conjure Woman: Identity, Politics and Spirituality in the Art of Betye Saar, 1950–1990"

  • Meredith P. Davis, Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellow, Columbia University, "Fool's Gold: Trompe L'oeil's Nineteenth-Century Incarnations"

  • Frank Goodyear, Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow, George Washington University, "View/Finding America: Nineteeth-Century Landscape Photography and the Birth of American Tourism"

  • Jennifer Harper, Smithsonian predoctoral fellow, Yale University, "In All Good Conscience: Abolitionist Imagery in American Art, 1830–1865"

  • Flannery Haug, Archives of American Art/Smithsonian American Art Museum predoctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Finding What They Came For: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Circle in New York and Taos, 1912–1929"

  • Julie Levin Caro, Patricia and Phillip Frost fellow, University of Texas at Austin, "Building a Context for Allan Rohan Crite's Neighborhood Paintings and Religions Works"

  • Pamela Sachant, Smithsonian predoctoral fellow, University of Delaware, "Eddie Arning: 'Artist Work' and the American Dream"

  • Joshua Shannon, Patricia and Phillip Frost fellow, University of California, Berkeley, "Art, Commodities, and the City: New York, 1958–1962"

  • Emily D. Shapiro, Smithsonian predoctoral fellow, Stanford University, "Village Craftsmen and Native American Artisans"

  • Maria-Elena Versari, Smithsonian predoctoral fellow, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, "Futurism in the USA"

  • Jason Weems, Smithsonian predoctoral fellow, Stanford University, "Barnstorming the Prairies: Flight, Aerial Views and the Idea of the Midwest"

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosts Smithsonian Institution fellows, as well as several fellowships funded by museum .supporters. Fellowship opportunities specific to the Smithsonian American Art Museum include the Sheila W. and Richard J. Schwartz Fellowship in American art and visual .culture; the Sara Roby Foundation Fellowship in Twentieth Century American Realism; the James Renwick Fellowship in contemporary American decorative arts, crafts or design; and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship for research in American art and visual culture.

Since 1970, the American Art Museum has hosted more than 250 scholars, including approximately 200 alumni fellows who now occupy positions in academic and cultural institutions in 29 of the 50 states.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum collection began with gifts of art donated to the federal government in 1829 and has evolved into the world's most important American art holdings with approximately 38,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, folk-art objects and contemporary crafts.

In addition to fellowships, its research programs include an estimated 100,000-volume library specializing in American art, history and biography. The library is shared with the National Portrait Gallery and the collection also includes extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists and unparalleled art research databases. The museum's exhibitions and educational programs are complemented by an active publications program of books, catalogs and the critically acclaimed journal American Art.

While its main building, the Old Patent Office, is closed for a three-year renovation, the museum is coordinating eight exhibitions traveling across the United States as part of the Treasures to Go tour, the nation's most extensive art tour ever. The Principal Financial Group® is a proud partner in presenting these treasures to the American people. The museum is also .continuing a full program of craft exhibitions at its Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.). For information call (202) 357-2700. Please visit the museum's award-winning Web site at