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Research & Scholars Center

Painting by Helen Lundeberg

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading centers for the study of American art. The museum offers academic opportunities for scholars at the graduate level and above, research opportunities for visiting scholars, and professional museum training for college seniors and graduate students. The museum also produces American Art, a peer-reviewed periodical on the arts in America, organizes scholarly symposia, and sponsors several annual publication prize awards. The museum’s specialized art databases of a half million records and its extensive photograph archives further research efforts in the field.

To learn more about the following Research & Scholars Center programs, go to the Research page or contact us at (202) 633-2677 or artref[at]

Pictured: Helen Lundeberg, Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, 1935 oil, 47 3/4 x 40 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase