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Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2005–2006 Fellowship Appointments

Media only: Susan Kenney (202) 275-1592

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of 14 new fellows for the 2005–2006 academic year. The museum's program grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.

"The Smithsonian American Art Museum is pleased to continue encouraging new scholarship in American art through this fellowship program," said Elizabeth Broun, the museum's Margaret and Terry Stent Director.

The 2005–2006 museum fellows are:

• Sheila Barker—Postdoctoral Fellow, Independent Scholar; "Claude Lorrain and America"

• Sergio Cortesini—Joshua C. Taylor Postdoctoral Fellow, independent scholar; "'One Day We Must Meet:' Art and National Identity in Fascist Italy and New Deal America, 1933–41"

• Jennifer Greenhill—Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Yale University; "'The Plague of Jocularity:' Art, Humor, and the American Social Body, 1863–1906"

• Vicki Halper—James Renwick Senior Fellow in American Craft, independent scholar; "Voices in Studio Crafts"

• Patricia Hills—Senior Fellow, Boston University; "Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence"

• Kenji Kajiya—Predoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University/ University of Tokyo; "Negotiating Modernism: Color-Field Painting and the Upheaval of Art Criticism in America, 1952–67"

• Rachel Leibowitz—Predoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; "Seeing Through Window Rock: The Landscape Legacy of the New Deal in the Capital of the Navajo Nation"

• Stephanie Mayer—Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, Boston University; "The Art of 'The Gift': Mount, Sully, Huntington, and the Antebellum Gift Book Industry"

• Dorothy Moss—Predoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware; "Recasting the Copy: Original Paintings and Reproductions at the Dawn of American Mass Culture, ca. 1900"

• Xiomara Murray—Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; "Before the 'Mellon Gallery': Toward an American National Gallery of Art, 1811–1937"

• Heidi Nasstrom Evans—James Renwick Predoctoral Fellow in American Craft, University of Maryland; "The Aesthetic Evolution of Simple Living in Jane Whitehead's Built Environs (1861–1955)"

• Susan Power—Sara Roby Predoctoral Fellow in Twentieth-Century American Realism, Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; "New World Surrealisms"

• Danielle Schwartz—Douglass Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University; "Design for Sight and Sound: John Vassos, a Biography"

• James Wechsler—Postdoctoral Fellow, independent scholar; "Modernism and International Communism: Hugo Gellert and the Artists of the Communist Party, USA"

Since 1970, the museum has hosted more than 260 scholars who now occupy positions in academic and cultural institutions across the United States. Fellowship opportunities available at the Smithsonian American Art Museum include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship for research in American art and visual culture, the Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for the study of the traditions of American art, the Sara Roby Fellowship in Twentieth-Century American Realism, the Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art and the James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft. The museum also hosts fellows supported by the Smithsonian's general fellowship fund.

Research resources at the museum include extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists and unparalleled art research databases. An estimated 100,000-volume library specializing in American art, history and biography is shared with the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. An active publications program of books, catalogs and the critically acclaimed journal "American Art" complements the museum's exhibitions and educational programs.

To receive information about fellowships, call (202) 275-1557 or write to fellowships[at] to request a brochure. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2006.

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 41,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. The museum's main building, a National Historic Landmark located at 8th and F streets N.W., is currently under renovation. The museum will reopen in July 2006.

While the renovation continues, American Art offers a full program of exhibitions at its Renwick Gallery. The Renwick is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000; (202) 357-1729 (TTY). Recorded information: (202) 275-1500. Please visit the museum's award-winning Web site at