Due to the federal government shutdown, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery are closed; programs and events at the museum are also canceled.
Plains photographer Terry Evans takes both ground-level and aerial shots of her native Kansas landscape.
James Carroll Beckwith grew up in Chicago in a family of grocers. His brothers worked in the family store, but James’s poor health left him with time to draw and paint. He moved to New York in 1871 and saved up enough money to go to Paris, where he felt that his “real life” began.
Benton's idiom was essentially political and rhetorical, the painterly equivalent of the country stump speeches that were a Benton family tradition. The artist vividly recalled accompanying his father, Maecenas E. Benton—a four-term U.S. congressman, on campaigns through rural Missouri.
Eugene Higgins’s mother died when he was a young boy, and he grew up in various boarding houses around St. Louis with his father, a stonecutter. After a period of study at Washington University in St.