Electronic Superhighway

Experience American Art From Home

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery’s buildings may be temporarily closed, but the museum is always open online

What digital offerings would you like to see more of? Share your ideas at @AmericanArt on social media or contact us via email.

Video Series

SAAM’s Re:Frame video series explores American art’s many meanings and connections with experts across the Smithsonian.

Chiura Obata: American Modern features 150 paintings and personal effects by one of the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the twentieth century.


ShiPu Wang, guest curator for the exhibition Chiura Obata: American Modern, discusses Obata’s career and asks the question, "what is art's place in tumultuous times?"

Exhibitions and Collections

Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences

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More Contemporary Artist Interviews on YouTube

Watch more from our Meet the Artist video series

Latest Blog Post

SAAM’s Best Friends: Animals in Art and at Home

Because at SAAM everything eventually comes back to American art, some of us have been inspired to model our sweet, sassy, bored, annoyed, sleepy, amusing pets after favorite artworks in our collection. We offer them as amusement and inspiration, and as evidence of the creativity and sense of humor we appreciate in each other.
Amy on April 6, 2020

For K-12 Teachers

Classroom Videoconferences

Explore U.S. history and culture through a free interactive videoconference. Museum presenters create connections between American art and your curriculum, engaging students and lifelong learners at schools, libraries, and senior centers throughout North America. Artful Connections programs promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication via discussion.

Teacher Guides and Resources

Teacher Guides are listed with corresponding standards and grade levels; most are in PDF format. Student worksheets and other printable resources are also available.

Additional Educational Opportunities

Our local and national programs for teachers, students, and adult learners offer year-long professional opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development.

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