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Research & Scholars Center


William C. McNulty with a class. Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of the nation's leading centers for the study of American art. The museum offers academic opportunities for scholars at the graduate level and above, research opportunities for visiting scholars, and professional museum training for college seniors and graduate students. The museum also produces American Art, a peer-reviewed periodical on the arts in America, organizes scholarly symposia, and sponsors several annual publication prize awards. The museum's specialized art databases of a half million records and its extensive photograph archives further research efforts in the field.

To learn more about the Research & Scholars Center programs, visit the following:

National Art Inventories

Save Outdoor Sculpture!

Photograph Archives

Joseph Cornell Study Center


Fellows & Interns


American Art Journal


Contact the Research & Scholars Center at (202) 633-2677 or artref [at]