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External Affairs Department

Painting by Romare Bearden

The External Affairs department of the Smithsonian American Art Museum includes public affairs and marketing, visitor services, special events, and public programs.

Public Programs and Calendar

The Office of Public Programs plans a wide array of exciting free events, from talks with artists to performances to activities for kids. The program calendar is available online, or sign up to receive email updates about our upcoming exhibitions, programs, and behind-the-scenes stories. For more information, contact AmericanArtPrograms[at] or call (202) 633-8490.

Special Events and Corporate Entertaining

The Office of Special Events plans events at the museum, and is the contact for corporations and foundations that wish to host a dinner or reception. Event spaces are available in the museum’s gloriously renovated National Historic Landmark building, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s vibrant downtown, or at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington. For more information, contact AmericanArtEvents[at] or call (202) 633-8534.

Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs actively promotes the museum and its programs, including the Renwick Gallery, and responds to inquiries from the press and the public. Updated materials, including online press kits for exhibitions and fact sheets, are available in the museum’s Press Room. Contact us at AmericanArtInfo[at] or call (202) 633-8530. Journalists may e-mail AmericanArtPressOffice[at]


  • Emily Chamberlin, Chief of External Affairs
  • Laura Baptiste, Chief of Communications and Public Affairs
  • Katy Corella, Public Programs Coordinator
  • Taylor Dorn, Public Affairs Specialist
  • Kara Fikse, Public Programs Coordinator
  • Amy Hutchins, Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Chavon Jones, Chief of Special Events
  • Gloria Kenyon, Public Programs Coordinator
  • Elisabeth Kilday, Visitor Services Manager
  • Lauren Kolodkin, External Affairs Assistant
  • Mary Beth Maggio, Special Events Coordinator
  • Nona Martin, Public Programs Manager
  • Andrew Rondinone, Special Events Coordinator
  • Courtney Rothbard, Associate Public Affairs Officer

For further information about the External Affairs department, contact AmericanArtInfo[at]

Pictured: Romare Bearden, Empress of the Blues, 1974, acrylic and pencil and printed paper, 36 x 48 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase in part through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment