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American Art on the Road This Summer
"Treasures to Go" to Visit a Museum Near You

Contact: Laura Baptiste
Media only: (202) 275-1595

As Americans begin a busy summer travel season, so does the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as it continues its successful run of "Treasures to Go," the most extensive art tour ever. More than 500 of the museum's finest artworks, organized as eight thematic exhibitions are currently making their way from New York to California. A full list of summer venues is included below.

Fun Facts:

• The eight exhibitions have so far traveled 58,537 miles, with 15,055 still to go.

• It takes 2–4 weeks to pack a single exhibition.

• One to two 48-foot trailers are used to transport the art in each exhibition.

• An average crate is constructed with 88 square feet of plywood and 45 feet of pine lumber.

• Each crate is made to protect specific artworks and it takes from one to three months to build crates for each exhibition.

"Treasures to Go" was launched in January 2000 as the museum began renovations to its historic home in Washington, D.C. The eight exhibitions in the tour are: "Young America," "Lure of the West," "American Impressionism," "The Gilded Age," "Scenes of American Life," "Modernism & Abstraction," "Contemporary Folk Art" and "Arte Latino." By the tour's end in early 2003, it is estimated that 2 million visitors in 70 cities will have seen "Treasures to Go."

The Principal Financial Group®, a global insurance and financial services company, is the museum's partner in efforts to increase national visibility for the tour and for the museum.

Following is a regional listing of "Treasures to Go" venues for summer 2002:


Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook, May 18 – July 14



Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Penn., Aug. 4 – Oct. 13


Greenville County Museum of Art in Greenville, S.C., May 29 – Sept. 1

Knoxville Museum of Art, June 14 – Sept. 8

Great Lakes

Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Mich., July 21 – Sept. 15

Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, Aug. 10 – Oct. 20

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Sept. 7 – Nov. 3



Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., June 28 – Sept. 22



Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 10 – Oct. 6

More information and full itineraries for "Treasures to Go" can be found on the Smithsonian American Art Museum Web site at

For more information about the Principal Financial Group, contact Terri Shell, media relations consultant at (515) 283-8858.

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 39,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, folk art and contemporary crafts.

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