Press Releases

2020
Smithsonian To Reopen Four Additional Museums Sept. 18
Smithsonian American Art Museum Extends Critically Acclaimed Exhibition “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture” Through Jan. 3, 2021
“Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture” Explores Renowned Naturalist’s Impact on American Identity
Tala Madani Is the 2020 Winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Annual Video Game Festival “SAAM Arcade” Launches Online
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2020–2021 Fellowship Appointments and Residencies
Linda Kim Awarded the 32nd Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book “Race Experts: Sculpture, Anthropology, and the American Public in Malvina Hoffman’s Races of Mankind”
Artist Arthur Jafa’s Renowned “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” To Be Streamed Continuously Online for the First Time, June 26-28 
Stephanie Stebich, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director
Diana L. Linden Receives the 16th Annual Frost Essay Award for Her Article About Civil Rights Artist and Activist William R. Christopher
Anya Montiel, Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft
Canceled - Media Advisory Press Preview for Groundbreaking Exhibition Exploring Alexander von Humboldt’s Impact on American Identity
Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents a Series of Public Programs as Part of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival
“Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture” Explores Renowned Naturalist’s Impact on American Identity
Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents the First Major Museum Exhibition to Explore the Achievements of Native Women Artists at Its Renwick Gallery
Media Advisory Press Preview for First Major Exhibition to Explore the Achievements of Native Women Artists
Media Advisory – Photo Op Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Celebrate the Lunar New Year With a Family Festival
Mary Savig Joins Curatorial Staff at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery
2019
Fact Sheet “Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture”
Major Retrospective “Chiura Obata: American Modern” Celebrates Influential Japanese American Painter
Media Advisory Press Preview for Major Retrospective of Japanese American Artist Chiura Obata
Grace Yasumura Joins the Smithsonian American Art Museum as Inaugural Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow
Fact Sheet "Picturing the American Buffalo: George Catlin and Modern Native American Artists"
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Artists To Be Featured in 2020 Renwick Invitational
Nora Atkinson Named Curator-in-Charge for the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery
Nora Atkinson, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery
Media Advisory - Tanya DePass Presents Keynote About Diversity in the Gaming Community
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Annual Video Game Festival “SAAM Arcade” Builds Community by Breaking Down Barriers
Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives Major Grant for Five-Year Collaboration With Five Partner Museums Across the American West
Paisid Aramphongphan Awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2019 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize
“Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination” Transforms the Renwick Gallery Into a Post-Apocalyptic Haven of Hope
“Michael Sherrill Retrospective” Features Extraordinary Sculptures Inspired by Botanical Wonders
Media Advisory - Preview Exhibitions Featuring Augmented Reality and Studio Craft That Highlight the Beauty of Nature Through Botanically Inspired Sculptures
Three Smithsonian Museums Present “America Now: Celebration of Music” June 22
Media Advisory - Photo Op Smithsonian American Art Museum Kicks-Off Pride Month With Display of Rainbow Lights
“American Myth & Memory: David Levinthal Photographs” Opens June 7 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Media Advisory - Press Preview for New Photography Exhibition That Explores Cultural Mythologizing of Iconic Symbols of American Identity
Smithsonian American Art Museum To Establish New Curatorial Training Fellowships With a Major Grant From the Henry Luce Foundation
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2019–2020 Fellowship Appointments
Monica Steinberg Receives the 15th Annual Frost Essay Award for Her Article About George Herms
Nizan Shaked Awarded the 31st Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book "The Synthetic Proposition: Conceptualism and the Political Referent in Contemporary Art"
“Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Examines How the Vietnam War Changed American Art
Media Advisory - Press Preview for Two Exhibitions That Examine How the Vietnam War Changed America and American Art
“Vietnam, Past Is Prologue” by Internationally Acclaimed Artist Tiffany Chung Opens March 15 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian American Art Museum Will Present a Series of Public Programs as Part of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival
“Orchids: Amazing Adaptations” Opens Feb. 16
Smithsonian American Art Museum Extends Critically Acclaimed Exhibition “Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” for Three Weeks Through April 7
2018
Amelia Goerlitz, Chair of Academic Programs
David Voyles Named Deputy Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Hirshhorn, Smithsonian American Art Museum Jointly Acquire Arthur Jafa’s Breakout Work “Love is the Message, The Message is Death”
Renwick Gallery Showcases Contemporary Artists Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth and Stephanie Syjuco in “Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018”
Media Advisory - Press preview for new exhibition "Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018"
“Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Is the First Major Retrospective of an Artist Born Into Slavery
Media Advisory Press Preview for "Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor"
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Fourth Annual “SAAM Arcade” Links Art and Video Games
“Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen” Opens June 21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Media Advisory Smithsonian American Art Museum and Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Celebrate Capital Pride With Rainbow Lighting
Media Advisory Press Preview for “Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen”
Three Smithsonian Museums Present “America Now: Solstice Edition,” an After-Hours Celebration
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2018–2019 Fellowship Appointments
Susan Rather Awarded the 30th Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book The American School
Peter Betjemann Receives the 14th Annual Frost Essay Award for His Article on Robert S. Duncanson’s Literary Paintings
Saisha Grayson, Curator
Saisha Grayson Joins the Smithsonian American Art Museum as Curator of Time-Based Media
Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Three Masterworks by Beloved American Artist Grandma Moses
Media Advisory - Press Preview for "Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs"
Media Advisory - Press Preview for “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” and “No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick”
“Diane Arbus: A box of ten photographs” Opens April 6 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Mika Rottenberg Is the 2018 Winner of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize
Media Advisory: Press preview for Do Ho Suh: Almost Home
“Do Ho Suh: Almost Home” Opens March 16 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Elizabeth A. Eisenstein and Deborah Willis Appointed to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Commission
Renwick Gallery’s First-ever Outdoor Extension Brings Art of Burning Man to DC Streets in Collaboration with Golden Triangle BID
2017
“No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” Opens March 30 at Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery
"Tamayo: The New York Years" Opens Nov. 3 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
“Tamayo: Los años en Nueva York” se inaugura el 3 de noviembre en el Museo Smithsonian de Arte Americano
Media Advisory - Press Preview for Tamayo: The New York Years
New Exhibition “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” Opens Oct. 20 at the Renwick Gallery
Spellbinding Exhibition “Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light” Opens Oct. 6 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
E. Carmen Ramos, Acting Chief Curator and Curator of Latinx Art
Crawford Alexander Mann III, Curator
Robin Veder, Executive Editor of "American Art"
John Jacob, The McEvoy Family Curator for Photography
Sarah Newman, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art
Media Advisory - Press Preview for Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light
Media Advisory - Press Preview for "Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death" and "Rick Araluce: The Final Stop"
Crawford Alexander Mann III Is New Prints and Drawings Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Fact Sheet: “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)”
Fact Sheet “Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light”
Fact Sheet “Tamayo: The New York Years”
Fact Sheet “Rick Araluce: The Final Stop”
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Third Annual “SAAM Arcade” To Feature 40 Independent Games
Susanneh Bieber Awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2017 Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize
Smithsonian American Art Museum Will Present a Major Exhibition Exploring the Art of Burning Man in 2018 at Its Renwick Gallery
“America Now: JFK 100” at Three Smithsonian Museums
Smithsonian American Art Museum Selects FreelandBuck Design for Site-Specific Installation in Its Renwick Gallery’s Grand Salon
Media Advisory: Press Preview for “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings”
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2017–2018 Fellowship Appointments
Fact Sheet “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography”
Fact Sheet “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography”