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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

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John Steuart Curry, Tornado Over Kansas (detail), 1929. Oil on canvas, 46 1/4 x 60 1/2 in. Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, Hackley Picture Fund purchase

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation’s art and culture. American Art encompasses all aspects of the country’s visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Elegant color plates give the journal a distinctive appearance, and the articles are written in an engaging style.

Articles planned in the coming months include the following:

  • A set of commentaries that examine the influence of cartography on American visual culture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, by Martin Brückner, Lauren Jacks Gamble, Jennifer Raab, Julia B. Rosenbaum, and Jason Weems
  • Cubism in Bondage: Morgan Russell’s Synchromism, by Michael Leja
  • Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson, by Shana Klein
  • Olga Albizu and the Borders of Abstraction, by Abigail McEwen
  • Paired perspectives on Elihu Vedder’s Rubáiyát, by Sylvia Yount and Akela Reason

A one-year subscription for individuals costs $50, and provides full online access to all back issues of American Art. Members of Friends of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Associates, American Studies Association, and the College Art Association receive subscriptions at the discounted price of $40. The rate for students is $35. Higher rates apply for institutions.

For information on subscribing, purchasing single issues, or submitting articles to the journal, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit This link also acts as a portal to the electronic edition of the journal.

For information on a new publication prize for foreign scholars, please see the Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize.