Ethnic Ancestry, Culture and Influences in American Art

with an emphasis on representational art


Within the Topics in American Representational Art catalogue there are links to dozens of topics in American Representational Art. Topics devoted to ethnic ancestry, culture and influence include:

TFAO references:

Also, within the thousands of articles of articles and essays contained in Resource Library, there are many pages with references to national ancestry, culture and influence. Using Resource Library's home page search feature, keyword searches conducted in March, 2011 yielded results relating to selected European countries. Below are keywords and the resultant count of search results:

The following national references produced no search results:

Study of national references from other continents will be addressed in future updates of this page.


Also see from other websites:

Hayv Kahraman is a 2018 exhibit at the Pomona College Museum of Art which says: "Los Angeles-based artist Hayv Kahraman creates exquisite figurative paintings on large linen panels that depict a singular woman with iridescent pale skin and inky black hair." Also see artist's website. Accessed 10/18

Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, an exhibit held January 26 - March 24, 2013 at the Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami. The Museum's website says: "This diverse exhibition is comprised of the works of American artists of African, Arab European, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent, who explore their heritage through their art, evoking emotions of humor, heartache, anger, and apprehension." Accessed February, 2015

ITALIA: The Influence of Italy on American Artists, an exhibit held June 12 through July 22, 2012 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Accessed May, 2014

"Italy's Art in The United States: Tracing the Immigrants' Influence in the Upstate New York Region," by James C. Mancuso, from Accessed August, 2015.

Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco website contans online catalogs from prior exhibits including16-page Cuneo: A Family of Early California Artists, from a July 16 - September 27, 2009 retrospective exhibit. Accessed December, 2015.

Nam June Paik: Global Visionary, an exhibit held December 13, 2012 - August 11, 2013 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video and press coverage. Accessed April, 2015.

Kamal: His Passion - His People, an exhibit held December 5, 2008 - March 19, 2009 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Includes exbibit brochure. Accessed April, 2015.

Ola Rondiak: Behind the Lines is a 2017 exhibit at the Delaware Contemporary which says: "Ola Rondiak's paintings stem from her family's experiences living in Ukraine during the historical events of WWII, Stalin's Iron Curtain, the Orange Revolution, and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014."  Also see artist's website and article in Ukrainian Weekly. Accessed 12/18

We the People is a 2017 exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of American Art which says: "For We the People, Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) has invited four guest curators to select work by prominent local and national artists that sheds light on the complexities of contemporary American experience." Accessed 9/17


Also see this book:

Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists, by Fayeq Oweis (Google eBook). ABC-CLIO, 2008 - 306 pages. The rich history and culture of the Arab American people is found in the passionate works of its artists. Whether they be traditional media such as painting and calligraphy, or more sophisticated media such as digital work and installation, the pieces represent the beauty of heritage, the struggles of growing up in war-torn countries, the identity conflicts of female artists in male-dominated societies, and the issues surrounding migration to a Western culture very different from one's own. Book information courtesy of Google Books.


(above: Entrance, American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: John Hazeltine. © 2012 John Hazeltine)

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