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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Jacob Lawrence, The Photographer (detail), 1942. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, 22 1/8 x 30 1/2 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2001 © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy Art Resource, 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 complex relationship between photography and history by Martin A. Berger, Alan Trachtenberg, Sally Stein, Miles Orvell, and Shawn Michelle Smith
  • "A Jolly Lark for Amateurs": John Steuart Curry's Pedagogy of Painting, by Lauren Kroiz
  • The Sartorial and the Skin: Portraits of Pocahontas and Allegories of English Empire, by Charlotte Ickes
  • A Cloudburst in Venice: Fred Kabotie and the U.S. Pavilion of 1932, by Jessica L. Horton
  • George Bellows, Georg Simmel, and Modernizing New York, by Edward W. Wolner

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.