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Ask Joan of Art! ®

All good things must come to an end. After 18 years of service, Ask Joan of Art ® has retired and is no longer accepting questions. In 1993, when our Ask Joan of Art ® reference service debuted, there were few places where the public could submit a question and get an answer to their query. Using the specialized resources available at the museum and its library, our Ask Joan of Art ® librarians provided in-depth answers to questions that came from the general public, scholars, teachers and students.

Over the years, the service garnered many fans and national acclaim. In 1998, Ask Joan of Art ® was selected by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as 1 of 7 projects recognized nationwide for exemplary service to the K-12 community and in 2005 the service was awarded the American Library Association's Thomson Gale Award for Excellence in Reference and Library Service.

Today, increased Internet resources allow people to access a wide range of material on art and artists and the museum is developing new ways to interact with the public. Thank you to everyone who submitted one or more questions to "Joan." It has been a great run and we were happy to join in your quest for answers.

Helpful tips can still be found on our website's Researching Your Art pages.