Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art


The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art holds in its collections hundreds of handmade holiday cards. The cards featured in this exhibition reveal how artists imagined the holidays through whimsical watercolors, quirky collages, and cheerful prints and drawings.

These handmade cards confirm the irrepressible artistry of their senders and evoke the gift-giving spirit of the holiday season.

Order the book Handmade Holiday Cards from 20th Century Artists by curator Mary Savig.