Amelia Goerlitz, Chair of Academic Programs

Amelia Goerlitz, chair of academic programs, joined the staff of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2003. Goerlitz oversees the oldest and largest residential fellowship program in the field of American art, and is  responsible for advancing scholarship through the organization of special symposia, seminars, and other forums. She serves as vice-chair of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History (ARIAH), a consortium of twenty-seven member institutes, and is a delegate to the Smithsonian Congress of Scholars.

Goerlitz has organized six major symposia at the museum with a particular focus on American art in a global context. She co-edited with Cynthia Mills and Lee Glazer East-West Interchanges in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2012). From 2003 to 2007, she assisted with the publication of the museum’s peer-reviewed journal, American Art. Goerlitz wrote the introduction, titled “Mapping a Transnational American Art History,” to a package of essays for the thirtieth anniversary issue of American Art (Summer 2017). 

Goerlitz earned a bachelor’s degree from Earlham College and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Texas at Austin; her thesis examined Luis Camnitzer’s print series Uruguayan Torture.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and F streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The Renwick is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website:

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