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Upcoming exhibition:

  • Coming soon to the Archives' Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery is the Archives' next exhibition, Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art. Opening in March, this exhibition will feature sketches and drawings of flowers from our collections and will provide a fascinating opportunity to examine flowers from both an artistic and scientific point of view. The opening of the exhibition will coincide with Smithsonian Gardens' biannual orchid show, to be held this year in the Kogod Courtyard of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, directly adjacent to our gallery.

News

Jan. 15, 2019

The Dedalus Foundation Graduate Research Essay Prize at the Archives of American Art recognizes original research by a graduate student that engages in a substantial, meaningful way with the holdings of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and focuses on studies related to painting, sculpture, and the allied arts from 1940 to the present day.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Essay Prize page.

Oct. 24, 2018

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, today announced it has received a $5 million gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to create an endowment to process and digitize material on art and artists from historically underrepresented groups in the Archives’ collections and the American canon, making them broadly available online. African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and women are typically underrepresented in U.S. museum collections.

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Terra Foundation Center for Digital Collections

A virtual repository of a substantial cross-section of the Archives' most significant collections.

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Original material can be consulted by appointment in our Washington, D.C. Headquarters.

Select holdings are available on microfilm at the Archives' offices in Washington, D.C. and at our New York Office.

Copies of unrestricted microfilm materials can be obtained through one of our affiliated research centers.

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