Smithsonian American Art Museum

formerly named

National Museum of American Art

Washington, D.C.



(above: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo © 2014 John Hazeltine)


When Resource Library publishes over time more than one article concerning an institution, there is created as an additional resource for readers a sub-index page containing links to each Resource Library article or essay concerning that institution, plus available information on its location and other descriptive information.


To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (4/15/11)

Earl Cunningham's America (9/20/08)

Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape (8/25/07)

Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (5/3/07)

Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination (12/5/06)

American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America (9/22/06)

Bronze Sculpture of "Robert Emmet" (1916), by Jerome Stanley Connor (1876­1943) Restored by Smithsonian American Art Museum (9/23/03)

The Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf: A Retrospective of Forty Years (6/24/03)

Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (4/15/03)

George Catlin and His Indian Gallery (7/31/02)

Star-Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou (12/4/00)

The Grand Salon of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery Reopens (5/30/00)

The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft (4/2/00)

Over 500 NMAA "Treasures to Go" to 70 Museums Nationwide (8/6/99)

Edward Hopper: The Watercolors (8/6/99)

Renwick Gallery Showcases Glass! Glorious Glass! (8/6/99)

Woodcuts by Hiratsuka: A Master in Our Midst (6/3/99)

Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art (5/16/99)

Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory at NMAA (4/11/99)

Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life (3/16/99)

Silver & Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush (11/6/98)

Art of the Gold Rush (11/5/98)

Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints 9/23/98)

Posters American Style (1/2/98)

The Paintings of Charles Burchfield (9/16/97)

Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America (4/4/97)

The Bard Brothers (1997)

CD-ROM (1997)


The Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the vision and creativity of Americans with approximately 41,000 artworks in all media spanning more than three centuries. Its National Historic Landmark building, a dazzling showcase for American art and portraiture, is located at Eighth and F streets N.W. in the heart of a revitalized downtown arts district. For hours and admission fees please see the Museum's website. (as of 2005)


See TFAO's Museums Explained to learn about the "inner workings" of art museums and the functions of staff members. In the exhibitions section find out how to get the most out of a museum visit. See definitions for a glossary of museum-related words used in articles.

To help you plan visits to institutions exhibiting American art when traveling see Sources of Articles Indexed by State within the United States.

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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.

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