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Daguerreotype by Unknown Photographer

The Publications Office staff produces books and catalogues about the Museum's collections and exhibitions. We sometimes call them our ambassadors; we send them to libraries and museums so people who may not be able to visit us often can learn about the art in our galleries and the artists who made them. We hope that you'll find books that interest you either in the museum shops at American Art and the Renwick Gallery or in our online store, where we carry books on American art and art history, several children's titles, posters, and gift items. If you need help placing a new order or tracking an existing order, contact us at pubord[at]si.edu.

The Publications staff also contributes to exhibition text, brochures, the Museum's scholarly journal, and our web site. We produce the museum's critically acclaimed journal, American Art. The magazine combines the best scholarship in the field with outstanding color reproductions in a beautifully designed journal, co-published with the University of Chicago Press. To subscribe to the print or online version, visit their site at www.journals.uchicago.edu/AmArt.

Recent Awards

The Girl I Left Behind Me
American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition, Honorable Mention, Posters


Studio Furniture
Washington Book Publishers Design and Effectiveness Competition, Second Prize, Commercial Publisher/Illustrated Text


Variations on America
National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards, First Prize, Graphic Design


Earl Cunningham's America
National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards, Award of Excellence, Graphic Design Portfolio


From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007

National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards, First Prize, Graphic Design Portfolio


National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards, Second Prize, Soft/Hard Cover Book over 50 pages


American Association of Museums Publications Design Competition, Honorable Mention, Exhibition Catalogues


Pictured: Unidentified, Editor, about 1855, daguerreotype with applied color, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Charles Isaacs

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