Press Release Archive
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Award-Winning George Catlin Web Site is a Key Resource for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
The Web site "Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures" serves as an interdisciplinary resource for teachers celebrating the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the historic journey by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Names Eleanor Jones Harvey New Chief Curator
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today (Sept. 22) that Eleanor Jones Harvey is the museum's new chief curator.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Significant Modern and Contemporary Works
The Smithsonian American Art Museum continues a major acquisitions campaign focused on modern and contemporary artists.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Commemorates 200th Anniversary of the Death of Robert Emmet, Irish Patriot
The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the completed restoration of "Robert Emmet" (1916), a recently cleaned bronze sculpture of the Irish patriot by Jerome Stanley Connor (1876–1943).
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2003–04 Fellowship Appointments
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 11 new fellows for the 2003–2004 academic year session.
15th Annual Eldredge Prize Awarded for Examination of Censorship in 20th-Century American Art
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the 2003 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history at the University of Southern California.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Expands National Audience with "Treasures to Go" Tour
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today (Aug. 26) that record numbers of Americans attended the exhibitions that formed "Treasures to Go," the most extensive tour ever organized by an art museum.
Diverse Public Programs including Lectures, Family Days and Demonstrations Enhance Fall Jewelry Exhibitions at the Renwick
A wide variety of free public programs are planned at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with two fall exhibitions highlighting the craft of jewelry making.
Catlin Web Site and Book Win Awards
"Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures," a Web site created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, has won two distinguished awards.
Renwick Gallery Presents "Jewels & Gems," A Dazzling Display of American Studio Jewelry
The individualistic and groundbreaking jewelry designs in "Jewels & Gems" highlight the spirit, wit and ingenuity of American studio jewelry artists.
Renwick Gallery Presents Retrospective of Metalsmith Robert Ebendorf's Pioneering Career
"The Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf: A Retrospective of Forty Years," a traveling exhibition on view this fall at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, traces the evolution of this inventive, dedicated and prolific artist.
Award-Winning Shakespeare Company Performs at the Renwick Gallery
Museumgoers are being offered an exciting opportunity to enjoy live professional theatre at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright."
Rirkrit Tiravanija 2003 Lucelia Artist Award Winner
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today (April 4) that Rirkrit Tiravanija is the third annual winner of the Lucelia Artist Award, established by the museum in 2001 to encourage leading contemporary American artists. This award is part of the museum's commitment to contemporary art and artists through awards and acquisitions.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Launches National Tour of Highlights from the Collection—Five Exhibitions Will Visit 30 Cities
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is sending hundreds of rarely seen artworks on the road to communities across the United States. "Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" features five thematic exhibitions, each based on a major aspect of the museum's permanent collection.
Touring Exhibition Highlights Early American Quilts
"Calico & Chintz" is one of five exhibitions featuring the museum's collections that is touring the nation through 2005. Twenty-two rare pieced and whole-cloth quilts made before 1850 in America from European fabrics demonstrate early America's embrace of vivid color, rich pattern and exuberant beauty.
"Masters of Their Craft: Highlights of the Smithsonian American Art Museum" Celebrates the American Creative Spirit
"Masters of Their Craft: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" includes artworks in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood that testify to a renaissance in American studio crafts. Imaginative conceptions and technical mastery combine in dazzling works by such masters as Dale Chihuly, Albert Paley, Beatrice Wood and Judy McKie.
Touring Exhibition Explores the American Landscape Through Photography
"Land Through a Lens: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" traces America's fascination with the land and the way artists have transformed it into symbols and signature images through works by early and modern giants of photography such as Timothy O'Sullivan, Ansel Adams and William Christenberry.
"Graphic Masters" Reveals Rare Drawings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
"Graphic Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" includes works from the 1860s through the 1990s that celebrate the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper including watercolors, pastels and drawings by such greats as Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis and Wayne Thiebaud.
Touring Exhibition Celebrates African American Art
"African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" features 61 works by artists such as Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, William H. Johnson and Gordon Parks among others. The artworks in this exhibition reveal a special awareness of "being Black," and the inspiration provided by historical events, political issues, spirituality, music and folklore.
Free Public Programs including Lectures, Family Days and Demonstrations Accompany "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright"
A wide variety of public programs are planned in conjunction with the new exhibition "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," on view from March 14 through July 20, at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Renwick Gallery Presents Innovative Stained Glass Windows in "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright"
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is famous for his innovative architecture; less well known are his designs for decorative windows. "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," looks at 48 stained glass windows by this icon of American architecture.