American Art Journal

A peer-reviewed journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation’s art and culture. American Art encompasses all aspects of the country’s visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Elegant color plates give the journal a distinctive appearance, and the articles are written in an engaging style.

Current Issue - Spring 2019

The cover of the American Art Spring 2019 Journal with a painting of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Thomas Moran, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (detail), 1872. Oil on canvas mounted on aluminum, 84 × 144 1/4 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Lent by the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C., L.1968.84.1 (INTR 03001)

The Spring 2019 issue of American Art includes:

  • A set of commentaries by Ashley Lazevnick, Emma Acker, and Leo G. Mazow on the theme “What’s in a Name?” with a focus on Precisionism
  • Visualizing Race at the Polling Place: Thomas Waterman Wood’s American Citizens, by Vanessa Meikle Schulman
  • “THINKING OF YOU”: Bruce Conner’s Epistolary Practice, by Kevin Hatch
  • The Flow Will Return: Geological Time in Winslow Homer’s Work, by James H. Miller
  • Going Back to Kansas City: The Origins of Judd’s Minimal Art, by Susanneh Bieber

The Summer 2017 issue of American Art celebrated the journal’s thirtieth anniversary with thirty invited authors commenting on three themes: Archive, Landscape, and Shifting Terrain.

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A one-year subscription for individuals costs $50, and provides full online access to all back issues of American Art. Members of Friends of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Associates, American Studies Association, and the College Art Association receive subscriptions at the discounted price of $40. The rate for students is $35. Higher rates apply for institutions.

For information on subscribing, purchasing single issues, or submitting articles to the journal, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit This link also acts as a portal to the electronic edition of the journal.

Write for American Art

American Art is published in March, July, and November. The journal considers submissions in a variety of formats, including feature-length essays, commentaries, new perspectives, and paired perspectives. For more information, see Journal Author Submission Guidelines.

For information on a publication prize for foreign scholars, resulting in publication in American Art, please see the Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize.