American Art Journal

The leading peer-reviewed journal of American art history and related visual culture

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable source for scholars, educators, curators, museum-goers, collectors, and professors and students at colleges and universities worldwide. The journal critically engages material and conceptual conditions of art and provides a forum for the expanding field of American art history. It considers the role played by art in the ongoing transnational and transcultural formation of America as a contested geography, identity, and idea. Full-color plates and concise prose offer broad appeal.

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Current Issue – Spring 2024

Cover Image for the Spring 2024 Issue of the American Art Journal

Crystal Z Campbell, Notes From Black Wall Street: I’ve Stayed In The Front Yard All My Life, I Want A Peek At The Back (detail), 2020. Mixed media, 24 × 30 in. Courtesy of Crystal Z Campbell © 2020 Crystal Z Campbell

In the Spring 2024 issue of American Art:

  • Crystal Z Campbell confronts centuries of lawful surveillance of Black Americans

  • The contractual obligations of owning a Douglas Huebler print
  • When a home movie becomes photojournalism…the Zapruder film
  • George Inness glazes over racial capitalism and ecological destruction
  • Minnie Evans builds a haven from Wilmington’s legacy of toxicity

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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.

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American Art invites submissions of original scholarly manuscripts. Acceptance is determined by editorial needs and anonymized peer-review. For more information, see Journal Author Submission Guidelines. Prospective authors are welcome to write to executive editor Robin Veder and sign up for a consultation, if desired.

Editorial Board

  • heather ahtone, First Americans Museum
  • Kirsten Pai Buick, University of New Mexico
  • Mary Coffey, Dartmouth College
  • David J. Getsy, University of Virginia
  • Anne Collins Goodyear, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
  • Michael Hatt, University of Warwick
  • Chon A. Noriega, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Jolene Rickard, Cornell University
  • Nizan Shaked, California State University, Long Beach
  • Louise Siddons, University of Southhampton
  • Cherise Smith, University of Texas at Austin
  • Shawn Michelle Smith, School of the Art Institute of Chicago