SAAM Stories

An illustration of a group of 10 women artists.
Women Artists 09/14/2023
SAAM's comic series launches ten more stories of remarkable women artists
Emma Hitchcock
Detail of a portrait of Sandra Cisneros
From the Collection 09/13/2023
Uncovering the passion and power behind Angel Rodríguez-Díaz’s portraiture
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A man stands drawing on a white board.
The second part of an interview with Tom di Maria, director emeritus of the Creative Growth Art Center
Three people sit at a table. Racks of clothes hang behind them.
An interview with Tom di Maria, director emeritus of Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center
A man wearing a hat, sunglasses, and a scarf taking a selfie in the desert. A pyre is in the distance.
A personal journal by museum educator Geoffrey Cohrs
A picture of a man with a green shirt and tie on standing inside a room.
Geoffrey Cohrs
Docent Coordinator
A woman with brown skin and short hair stands holding an African-inspired mask close to her face, covering one eye. In the background are bright, geometric shapes in red, blue, and yellow.
Women Artists 08/03/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
Illustration of a girl sitting in front of a canvas. She is painting a portrait.
Women Artists 07/31/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work.
Illustration of a woman surrounded by flowers and a rainbow motif.
Pride Women Artists 07/31/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and art.
Two off-white, beaded bonnets on display in a glass case. In the background is a large painting.
Exhibitions 07/28/2023
Many Wests brings a reimagining of this iconic region to SAAM
Headshot of woman with black hair
Rebekah Mejorado
Public Relations Specialist
An illustrated portrait of a woman standing in front of a painting. She has medium brown hair, is wearing a brown jacket, and holding paintbrushes.
Women Artists 07/27/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work.
Two traditional robes with traditional Alaskan Native designs side-by-side on mannequins in a gallery.
An in-depth look at Lily Hope and Ursala Hudson’s work and the traditions behind Chilkat weavings
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A screenshot of a video game with two people on top of a moving train in the desert with the sun in the background.
SAAM Arcade 07/19/2023
How do video game developers use "musical thinking" to create fun ways to play?
This is an image of Lauren Kolodkin.
Lauren Kolodkin
External Affairs and Digital Strategies Assistant
A photograph of a woman in front of artwork
From the Director 07/07/2023
SAAM's director on current exhibitions, acquisitions, and the newly reimagined and reinstalled modern and contemporary galleries
 Stephanie Stebich, SAAM's Margaret and Terry Stent Direction in the museum's Lincoln Gallery. Photo by Gene Young. 
Stephanie Stebich
The Margaret and Terry Stent Director, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery
An illustration of two hands holding a miniature portrait of a woman in an oval frame.
Women Artists 06/29/2023
Celebrating the renowned artist with a comic about her life and work
A group of students at a rural school sit around the table with colored trips assembling a color wheel.
Education 06/20/2023
SAAM's REACH program allows educators to reach out to remote learners....no matter where they are
Detail of blown glass artwork. It is circular with a face in the center.
Contemporary Craft 06/15/2023
Brothers and collaborators Einar and Jamex de la Torre bring together carefully chosen objects and humor to craft multifaceted blown glass sculptures
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A close up detail of a knitted artwork
As June begins and Pride celebrations around the world commence, here is one way to connect with a few LGBTQ+ artists whose work is included in SAAM’s collection.
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Collage artwork with photographs
The contemporary artist creates works that address the Filipinx American experience
Headshot of a woman with brown hair wearing a gray jacket
Krystle Stricklin
NEA Curatorial Fellow