Welcome to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery
Explore the sweep of the American imagination across four centuries at the nation's flagship museum for American art and craft. Inspiring artworks and special exhibitions online and in person at our two locations. National educational offerings. Innovative research. Video interviews with artists and virtual studio tours, lectures and more. Admission is always free.
SAAM’s branch location for contemporary craft, the Renwick Gallery, showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft today. Currently on view are more than 100 works in a range of mediums from fiber and ceramics to glass, metal, wood, and mixed media.
October 1, 2021–May 18, 2025
Artist to Artist features paired artworks, each representing two figures whose trajectories intersected at a creatively crucial moment, whether as student and teacher, professional allies, or friends.
Upcoming Featured Events
Tips for teaching the layered World War I history of the 369th Infantry Regiment on their return from France
Teacher Institutes Educator
Exhibition invites viewers to discover the intersections and influences of video and sound, through works by some of today’s leading contemporary artists
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
A look at historic new acquisitions of art by two trailblazing Japanese American painters
Go in-depth for a look at the themes of Sharing Honors and Burdens in the Renwick’s upcoming exhibition.
Director Stephanie Stebich looks forward to the year ahead
woven linen with madder dye and tea stain
cottons, silk, wool, and velvet
Performance. Unique objects worn by artist/performer (glass, neoprene, rusted metal fragments of U.S./Mexico border fence, leather, cotton twine, flashlight) and photodocumentation of the performance (digital files)
stoneware with alkaline glaze
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SAAM's Renwick Gallery
How do you mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's premier museum dedicated to American craft?
"We Are Made of Stories: Self-Taught Artists in the Robson Family Collection" Introduction
Explore the rise of untrained artists in the 20th century and discover their powerful personal journeys.
Bisa Butler’s "The Harlem Hellfighters" - American Art Moments
Get to know the historic figures behind Bisa Butler’s monumental quilt.