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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Ben Shahn, Second Allegory (detail), 1953. Tempera on Masonite, 59 5/8 x 38 5/8 in. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois on behalf of its Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Purchase, Festival of Arts Purchase Fund, 1953-7-1. Art © Estate of Ben Shahn/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.

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 exploring the theme of Art and Destruction by Wendy Bellion, Jo Applin, Valerie Hegarty, Debra Hess Norris, and Jennifer Jae Gutierrez
  • Discovering Davies-Land: Arthur B. Davies in the West, 1905, by Charles C. Eldredge
  • Claggett Wilson: The War Portfolio of 1919, by David Lubin
  • Thoughts of Haiti, Thoughts of Liberia: The Shifting Titles and Interpretations of Edwin White’s Thoughts of the Future, by Lindsay J. Twa
  • Constructing a Reputation: Achille Segard’s 1913 Biography of Mary Cassatt, by Hadrien Viraben
  • Environmental Abstraction and the Polluted Image, by James Nisbet

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 publication prize for foreign scholars, please see the Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize.