American Religious Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Religious Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section.

Following the listing of Resource Library articles and essays are links to valuable online resources found outside our website. Links may be to museums' articles about exhibits, plus much more topical information based on our online searches, plus information about offline resources including museums, DVDs, and paper-printed books, journals and articles.


(above: Marsden Hartley, The Virgin of Guadalupe, c. 1918-19, oil and charcoal on paperboard, 31 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection 1949,  Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


68 Resource Library articles and essays honoring the American experience through its art:


2011-2016 10

2007-2010 12

2004-2006 12

2001-2003 11

2000 15

1998-99 8


Go to parts A to C, D to H, I to N and O to Z to view content from other websites.


(above, Gari Melchers, Joan of Arc, oil on canvas, 30 x 23 inches, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


For a list of:  

-- recurring religious theme exhibitions please click here

-- books please click here

-- articles in paper-printed journals and magazines please click here

-- galleries and museums affiliated with religious institutions please click here

-- online journals and magazines please click here

-- online audio recordings and videos please click here

-- DVD/VHS videos please click here



In 2014 TFAO published an article titled "Options for Art Exhibit Programs by Religious Institutions," by an anonymous volunteer. The article is intended to provide information to organizations considering establishing an art exhibit program within their campus.

To date, TFAO has not been able to locate significant information on American art derived from faith communities other than that for Judeo-Christian topics and information from Middle East Influences in American Art. Readers and institutions with links and materials derived from other faith communities to share with TFAO will be appreciated.

TFAO extends thanks to Fr. Jim Blaettler, SJ and Chet Murray for suggesting information for this topic and to Gayle Larkin, an artist in San Juan Capistrano, CA, for providing a reference for this topic.

We welcome suggestions for additional content by sending an email to

Return to Topics in American Representational Art

TFAO catalogues:

American Representational Art links to dozens of topics in American Representational Art

Audio Online a catalogue of online streaming audio recordings

Collections of Historic American Art notable private collections

Distinguished Artists a national registry of historic artists

Geographic Tour of American Representational Art History a catalogue of articles and essays that describe the evolution of American art from the inception of the United States to WWII.

Illustrated Audio Online streaming online narrated slide shows

Articles and Essays Online substantive texts published outside of Resource Library

Videos Online a comprehensive catalogue of online full motion videos streamed free to viewers

Videos an authoritative guide to videos in VHS and DVD format

Books general reference books published on paper

Interactive media media in CD-ROM format

Magazines paper-published magazines and journals

Links to sources of information outside of our web site are provided only as referrals for your further consideration. Please use due diligence in judging the quality of information contained in these and all other web sites. Information from linked sources may be inaccurate or out of date. TFAO neither recommends or endorses these referenced organizations. Although TFAO includes links to other web sites, it takes no responsibility for the content or information contained on those other sites, nor exerts any editorial or other control over them. For more information on evaluating web pages see TFAO's General Resources section in Online Resources for Collectors and Students of Art History.

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