The Smithsonian American Art Museum has one of the world's largest and most inclusive collections of art. It features the work of American artists from the colonial period to the present. The museum houses the largest collection of New Deal art in the world and features a number of exhibitions that highlight the contributions of African American and Latino artists. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has consistently maintained a traveling exhibition program since 1951. More than 2.5 million patrons have viewed the exhibitions to date.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is an institution which
preserves and displays remarkable works produced by American artists over three
centuries. The Greek Revival building where the museum is located, originally
housed the US Patent Office. Designed by architects Robert Mills and Thomas U.
Walter the building is Registered National Landmark. The museum shares its historic building with
the National Portrait Gallery, another Smithsonian museum. The two museums are collectively
known as the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
Since 1972, the American Art Museum has also included the
Renwick Gallery, which is the home for the Smithsonian Institution’s craft and
decorative arts program. Located near the White House in a Second Empire-style
building, the Renwick features the best in two centuries of American clay,
fiber, glass, metal, and wood arts. Visitors can enjoy traditional native and
folk crafts, fine furniture, oil paintings, and whimsical contemporary glass
The museum also features two innovative public spaces: the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, situated
on the third and fourth floor of the museum; and the Lunder Conservation Center,
which allows visitors the unique opportunity to see conservators at work in
five different laboratories and studios in the building.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum represent more than
7,000 artists, and includes the nation's first and one of the world's largest
and most inclusive collections of art made in the United States, from the
colonial period to the present. The museum’s collection includes more than
41,000 artworks, spanning more than three centuries, including artwork from masters
such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer
Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob
Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee
Friedlander, Roy Lichtenstein, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, and Robert
Aside it’s permanent collection The Smithsonian American Art
Museum has maintained a traveling exhibition program since 1951. About 1,000
major artworks from the museum’s permanent collection traveled to 105 venues across
the United States during the renovation of the museum from 2000 to 2006.