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.

Learn more about American Art's new professional development program, Toward Equity in Publishing.

Current Issue - Fall 2022

Smithsonian American Art Journal Fall 2022 cover

Frederick Eversley, Untitled (Parabolic Lens), 1971. Three-color, three-layer cast polyester, 36 ½ diam. × 9 7/8 in. Museum of Modern Art, Acquired through the generosity of Michael S. Ovitz and Gary and Karen Winnick, and Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, N.Y. © Fred Eversley, Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery

In the Fall 2022 issue of American Art:

  • A set of commentaries on the place/plague of Whiteness in the U.S.-American art survey by Kirsten Pai Buick, Jessica L. Horton, K. L. H. Wells, Michael Lobel, Katherine Fein, Zoë Colón, Alexis Monroe, and Tanya Sheehan.
  • Danielle O’Steen offers a technical analysis of Frederick Everlsey’s scientific spin on plastic art.
  • E. C. Feiss compares the labor operations of Claes Oldenburg’s The Store to the nearby Mobilization For Youth storefronts.
  • Abigail Lapin Dardashti discusses the activist intentions of Afro-Latinx symbols in Nuyorican and Afro-Brazilian painting.

American Art is committed to the principles of justice and equality expressed in the Statement from the Secretary of the Smithsonian from May 31, 2020.

Christina Michelon is the recipient of the 18th Annual Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait.” Louise Siddons’s article “Red Power in the Black Panther: Radical Imagination and Intersectional Resistance at Wounded Knee” received honorable mention. Read both in the Summer 2021 issue of American Art.

The Summer 2019 issue of American Art is our current open-access issue: read it for free!

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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 double-blind 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.

American Art seeks Editorial Board Members

Deadline: February 1, 2023

American Art invites nominations and self-nominations for the journal’s editorial board. We encourage applications from colleagues who will expand the board’s expertise, invigorate critical and anti-colonial thinking about U.S.-American art, and implement concrete practices to increase diversity and equity in the field. We welcome applicants attentive to art's role within a variety of cultural/social contexts, especially regarding systems of oppression and strategies for self-sovereignty. Before applying, please review our full mission statement. Then, 1) fill out the application form here; and 2) send a cover letter and the applicant's CV to If selected, the four-year term begins in October 2023.