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Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows The purpose of this page is to connect current and former fellows of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its sister museums, and also to share scholarly news and programming taking place in the museum's Research and Scholars Center.
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The purpose of this group is to bring together SAAM fellows and fellowship alumni and strengthen professional networks. We will also post notices of relevant events, such as reunions, the fellows' lecture series, and SAAM scholarly symposia. Please feel free to post research news or information about upcoming events related to your SAAM fellowship research.

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This Friday, January 15 at 12 PM EDT, former SAAM Fellow (Class of ’19) Sarah-Neel Smith, Assistant Professor of Art His...
01/13/2021
Sarah-Neel Smith

This Friday, January 15 at 12 PM EDT, former SAAM Fellow (Class of ’19) Sarah-Neel Smith, Assistant Professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will present a talk entitled “Frank Stella in Iran: Tracking the Artist’s Travels at the Archives of American Art.” To register for the live Zoom talk and receive a link, please email [email protected].

Her writing has appeared in Art Journal, ARTMargins, Third Text, Bidoun, and frieze, as well as exhibition catalogues for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOCA (Los Angeles), and her research has been supported by the ACLS, Terra Foundation for American Art, and the Fulbright scholar program. At M...

Register today for February 6th's online screening and live conversation between groundbreaking video artist Joan Jonas ...
01/08/2021
Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian

Register today for February 6th's online screening and live conversation between groundbreaking video artist Joan Jonas and curators Saisha Grayson from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and Charlotte Ickes from the National Portrait Gallery. This is the second iteration of the new series, "Viewfinder: Women's Film and Video from the Smithsonian." For all of 2021, on the first Thursday of each month, we will host Zoom screenings of short works from various Smithsonian collections, followed by live conversations with the artist and a public Q&A session. Recordings of these events will remain available for the month on the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative website (https://womenshistory.si.edu/events/viewfinder), the sponsor for this One Smithsonian project.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month to celebrate the breadth of women-made films and videos from across Smithsonian collections.

The December issue of the Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is here!
12/04/2020
December News from the Research and Scholars Center

The December issue of the Research and Scholars Center e-newsletter is here!

The Wyeth Foundation Symposium, “A Half Century of Fellowship,” on October 9th featured a lineup of distinguished former fellows as well as the program's founding curator. It drew 400 online attendees. Speakers reflected on the impact of SAAM’s program on American art history and highlighted ...

This Giving Tuesday, we are grateful for the vibrant community of SAAM Fellows and Visiting Scholars whose research brin...
12/01/2020

This Giving Tuesday, we are grateful for the vibrant community of SAAM Fellows and Visiting Scholars whose research brings our collections and archives to life! Through your gift to the SAAM Fellowship Program, you can ensure the next generation of scholars has this same transformative opportunity. https://americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships/donate

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23
11/23/2020
Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo To Close Nov. 23

Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, will temporarily close to the public starting Monday, Nov. 23. This will impact the eight Smithsonian facilities in the Washington, D.C., region that had reo...

For those who missed our October 9 Wyeth Foundation Symposium, "A Half Century of Fellowship," the talks are now online ...
11/02/2020
A Half Century of Fellowship: Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium

For those who missed our October 9 Wyeth Foundation Symposium, "A Half Century of Fellowship," the talks are now online at www.americanart.si.edu/fellowships50! It was amazing to hear from forerunners like the eminent Wanda M. Corn, Charles C. Eldredge, and founding program director, Lois M. Fink. New perspectives on the program were offered by alumni Caroline M. Riley, Dimitrios Latsis, and Kirsten Pai Buick, while some seriously impressive former fellows--Layla Bermeo, Sascha Scott, Kirsten Swenson, Michelle Joan Wilkinson, and Tatsiana Zhurauliova--shared the important work they are doing as curators and professors to make the field of American art more inclusive, interdisciplinary, international, and responsive to our current moment.

For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest for the study of American art in the world.

A Smithsonian Voices post by 2019-2020 SAAM Predoctoral Fellow Davida Fernandez-Barkan, "Reversing the Erasure of Native...
10/15/2020
Reversing the Erasure of Native Contributions to Muralism

A Smithsonian Voices post by 2019-2020 SAAM Predoctoral Fellow Davida Fernandez-Barkan, "Reversing the Erasure of Native Contributions to Muralism," is on the home page of Smithsonian.com! Congratulations, Davida!

One document in particular has occupied my thoughts in the months since my visit: a newspaper clipping showing two men shaking hands. The men stand in front of Ulreich’s mural Indians Watching Stagecoach in the Distance (1940), which he painted for the post office in Columbia, MO. The man on the l...

Last chance to register for today's Wyeth Foundation Symposium "A Half Century of Fellowship" from 1-5:30 PM ET. Join us...
10/09/2020
"A Half Century of Fellowship": Wyeth Foundation Symposium

Last chance to register for today's Wyeth Foundation Symposium "A Half Century of Fellowship" from 1-5:30 PM ET. Join us for an afternoon of advancement, discovery, and scholarship as we celebrate a 50 years of SAAM’s preeminent fellowship program.
Enjoy presentations by distinguished alumni, and a series of PechuKucha-style fast-paced talks that highlight efforts to expand the field in the age of Black Lives Matter, decolonization, climate change, globalization, and digital scholarship.

Join us for a day of discovery with this online symposium highlighting fifty years of SAAM's fellowship program.

10/08/2020
SAAM Fellowships: Celebrating Fifty Years - Wanda M. Corn

Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita at Stanford University, worked on her book "The Great American Thing" while a fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Learn more about our impact and celebrate 50 years of excellence #atSAAM at Friday's online symposium "A Half Century of Fellowship." Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/116036459173

For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest

10/07/2020
SAAM Fellowships: Celebrating Fifty Years with Richard J. Powell

Richard J. Powell of Duke University describes the impact of a 1985-1986 predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery on his research and career. Learn more and celebrate 50 years of excellence #atSAAM at this Friday's online symposium "A Half Century of Fellowship." Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/116036459173

For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest

For 50 years, SAAM has hosted 700+ scholars through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the wor...
10/06/2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum Celebrates 50 Years of Its Preeminent Fellowship Program With New Online Resources and Symposium

For 50 years, SAAM has hosted 700+ scholars through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the field of American art. To celebrate, the museum is hosting a free symposium this Friday featuring talks by distinguished alumni and launching a new suite of online resources, which includes video testimonials, a comprehensive, searchable directory of fellows, and a timeline of the program’s history.

For 50 years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has hosted more than 700 residential fellows and visiting scholars through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the field of American art.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and ...
09/11/2020
Research Fellowships

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery invite applications for research fellowships in the art and visual culture of the United States. Fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research. Recipients will be part of the the oldest, largest, and premier residential fellowship program in American art—one that celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year.

November 1st is the application deadline. More information—including a link to the application—is available on SAAM’s website. Please share with your colleagues and networks.

The museum supports pre- and postdoctoral scholars in residence to conduct research on topics in American art and visual culture.

Congratulations to Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery‘s new fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year...
07/29/2020
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2020–2021 Fellowship Appointments and Residencies

Congratulations to Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery‘s new fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the museum’s fellowship program, which is the oldest, largest and premier program for the study of American art.

In response to COVID-19 precautions, the museum is deferring all fall residencies or allowing fellows to participate in the program remotely. See the list of 2020–2021 appointees on SAAM‘s website: ↓

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the appointment of 21 fellows in the 2020–2021 academic year.

Congratulations to Diana L. Linden, the recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Es...
05/20/2020

Congratulations to Diana L. Linden, the recipient of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “‘In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’: White Privilege and White Masks in William Christopher’s Paintings of 1963,” which appeared in the fall 2019 issue (vol. 33, no. 3) of American Art. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American Art.

The jurors wrote that “through painstaking archival research, Linden has reconsolidated a nearly lost body of work by the little-known artist William Christopher. This body of paintings, executed in 1963 in response to the Civil Rights movement, sought to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with imagery focused on black subjects freeing themselves from the ‘mask’ of white expectations. Using Christopher’s diary, Linden chronicles his growing activism as a gay white Southern man confronting systemic racism both in his memories of a Southern childhood and in the nominally desegregated North. With insightful and original analysis, Linden illuminates a moment of interracial solidarity that sheds light on the psychic process of dismantling white privilege while exploring Christopher’s contribution to the history of imaging African American liberation during the tumultuous 1960s.”

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary Fellowship Homecoming Celebration and Wyeth Foundation Symposium ...
03/27/2020
A Half Century of Fellowship: Homecoming Celebration and Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary Fellowship Homecoming Celebration and Wyeth Foundation Symposium has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 11, 2020. Please save the date, and check SAAM’s website—linked below—for updates.

For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest for the study of American art in the world.

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03/12/2020
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As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We will provide updates on social media and on our website.

Deadline for the Smithson Fellowship, a postdoctoral opportunity this year focused on the theme "Open Access," has been ...
03/11/2020
James Smithson Fellowship Program | Smithsonian Fellowships and Internships

Deadline for the Smithson Fellowship, a postdoctoral opportunity this year focused on the theme "Open Access," has been extended until March 20. Applicants interested in making information and Smithsonian collections more accessible are especially encouraged to apply. Eligible independent study projects could include ones that make discipline-focused research more accessible to the public. https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/james-smithson-fellowship-program/

Excited to see Katherine Jentleson, former Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery fellow and a curator ...
03/03/2020
IMPACT

Excited to see Katherine Jentleson, former Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery fellow and a curator of self-taught art at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, featured in this month's Smithsonian Impact magazine! Check out pages 14-15 for a nice spread on Smithsonian Fellowships.

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02/27/2020

Join us at SAAM at 12:15 PM on Friday the 28th for a gallery talk by predoctoral fellow, Christine Garnier, on John Mix Stanley’s painting Buffalo Hunt on the Southwestern Prairies (1845).

The SAAM Research and Scholars Center bimonthly newsletter is out! Find out about upcoming events, exciting discoveries ...
01/28/2020
January News from the Research and Scholars Center

The SAAM Research and Scholars Center bimonthly newsletter is out! Find out about upcoming events, exciting discoveries in our archives, and changes to American Art journal.

Homecoming Celebration and Wyeth Foundation Symposium A Half-Century of Fellowship For fifty years, SAAM has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. This symposium features discussions about the impact of....

Sharing this Smithsonian Magazine article about Yayoi Kusama's legacy. Read all the way through to learn how Anna Rimel,...
01/16/2020
Celebrating the Eternal Legacy of Artist Yayoi Kusama

Sharing this Smithsonian Magazine article about Yayoi Kusama's legacy. Read all the way through to learn how Anna Rimel, an archivist in SAAM's Research and Scholars Center, found four previously undiscovered Kusama watercolors in the museum's Joseph Cornell Study Center .

An upcoming Hirshhorn collection exhibition will honor the artist’s seven-decade career

Sharing this fascinating Sidedoor podcast about SAAM's sculpture by Edmonia Lewis "Cleopatra" (carved 1876) that feature...
01/13/2020
Ep. 14 | Finding Cleopatra

Sharing this fascinating Sidedoor podcast about SAAM's sculpture by Edmonia Lewis "Cleopatra" (carved 1876) that features cameos by former fellow Kirsten Pai Buick and curator Karen Lemmey. Such an amazing story!

Learn more about Ep. 14 | Finding Cleopatra

A great part-time opportunity in American art at the Henry Luce Foundation for someone finishing the dissertation: https...
01/09/2020
Jobs

A great part-time opportunity in American art at the Henry Luce Foundation for someone finishing the dissertation: https://g.co/kgs/8n74GA

Please note that the correct link for general applications (i.e. non-federal employees) for the position of Office Chief...
01/08/2020
Supervisory Program Manager

Please note that the correct link for general applications (i.e. non-federal employees) for the position of Office Chief of the Research and Scholars Center is https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/554731600. The application closes on 1/10/20.

This position is located in the Research and Scholars Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The primary purpose of the position is to manage the office and its program areas including short and long term planning to strengthen, expand, and extend office programs; formulati...

38 fellows 29 lunchbag seminars22 public talks12 fellows' gallery talks 7 workshops  6 collection tours5 work-in-progres...
12/20/2019

38 fellows
29 lunchbag seminars
22 public talks
12 fellows' gallery talks
7 workshops
6 collection tours
5 work-in-progress sessions
3 journals published
2 symposia
2 weddings (Jill Vaum Rothschild and Lee Ann Custer)
1 dissertation submitted (ahem...Jimmy Brookes)
1 office puzzle completed
...and a very busy 2019 for the SAAM Research and Scholars Center.
Happy holidays from the SAAM Fellows!

We are pleased to announce the release of the fall 2019 issue of American Art (vol. 33, no. 3). This issue includes the ...
12/16/2019
American Art

We are pleased to announce the release of the fall 2019 issue of American Art (vol. 33, no. 3). This issue includes the following articles:

Features:
• "Of Plush and Imitation Knotty Pine: H. C. Westermann and American Sculpture of the 1960s," by David McCarthy
• “'In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King': White Privilege and White Masks in William Christopher’s Paintings of 1963," by Diana L. Linden
• "John Henry Twachtman and the Materiality of Snow," by Eliza Butler
• "Storms! Shipwrecks! Massacres! Playbill Puffery and Other Visual Collisions in Nineteenth-Century American," by Michael D’Alessandro

Commentaries:
• Preface: Questionnaire, by Robin Veder
• "Art and Economics: An Introduction," by John Ott
• "Used Cars and Canvases: Information Economics, Art History, and the Art Market," by Diana Greenwald
• "How We Might View Artists as Businesspeople," by Anne Verplanck
• "Economies of Black Culture: Commercial Art in/as African American Art," by Chris Dingwall
• "Art and Economics Beyond the Market," by Maggie Cao, Sophie Cras, and Alex J Taylor
• “A Distasteful, Indelicate Subject,” by Alan Wallach

To access the new issue, please visit: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/amart/current.

American Art examines America's visual culture and artistic legacy.

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We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Anya Montiel to the Renwick Gallery as our new Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft, a temporary position split between NMAI and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, funded by the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative. Anya’s first day in the office is today, and we will be showing her around the building and introducing her to staff in the next several weeks. Anya comes to the Smithsonian with institutional history, having working at NMAI in various roles from 2004-2009. Before starting work on her doctorate at Yale University, Anya also served as Curator of Collections at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum and as an admissions officer for Stanford University. Anya’s Ph.D. research focused on the 20th-century Native art, including work with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board collection and records at NMAI and the national Archives. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Yale, Anya has been an Assistant Professor in the History of Art at the University of Arizona, and has most recently also participated as part of the advisory board for Crystal Bridges’ upcoming craft show. She brings to this position a deep interest in women’s and Native art and craft, including craft programs and legislation, as well an encompassing knowledge of Native contemporary art that will benefit SAAM/Renwick priorities like HOOP, the Permanent Collection rehang, and the Renwick’s 50th Anniversary plans, as well as NMAI projects.
I loved being a fellow!!
ART150, a collective of over 20 artists living and working at 150 Bay Street, the historic landmark building in the heart of downtown Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District (PAD), will hold a public group art exhibition the weekend of May 5th & 6th, 12:00-6:00 PM This is a free event. Shipping Station, 58x36 inches, Graphite on canvas
May be of interest... Paul Chaat Smith: Thirteen Months in America Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:30 to 8PM The New School Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 Entitled “Thirteen Months in America,” Smith’s talk will probe the dilemmas of his curatorial process as he prepared the exhibition, Americans, which is about to open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition examines how all Americans continue to be shaped by their relationship with American Indians. Smith will discuss how events since the election of November, 2016 have challenged and reshaped many of his long held views about, well, everything. His talk will center on the reality of the new American situation as his exhibition opens on the National Mall. He will discuss his doubts and uncertainties while he completed preparations for the exhibition during a time of monolithic tunnel vision on all sides. Smith is a Comanche author, essayist, and curator. His books and exhibitions focus on the contemporary landscape of American Indian politics and culture. Smith joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he currently serves as Associate Curator. His projects include the NMAI’s history gallery, performance artist James Luna at the 2005 Venice Biennial, Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian (2008), and Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort (2009). With Robert Warrior, he is the author of Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (New Press, 1996), a standard text in Native studies and American history courses. His second book, Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong, was published in 2009 by the University of Minnesota Press, and is now in its second printing. Appointed Critic in Residence three times in galleries in the U.S. and Canada, Smith’s exhibitions and essays have explored the work of Richard Ray Whitman, Baco Ohama, Faye HeavyShield, Shelley Niro, Erica Lord, and Kent Monkman. Smith lives in Washington, D.C. His middle name is pronounced “chot,” and rhymes with hot. He has no college or university degrees. The AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School is an annual celebration of an exemplary writer whose lecture addresses seminal issues in contemporary art criticism. The lecture is organized by the U.S. chapter of the International Association of Art Critics in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. The collaboration fuses AICA-USA’s dedication to art criticism as a rigorous discipline with the Vera List Center’s commitment to discourse around the significance of art in responding to some of the most pressing social and political issues of our time. The organizations’ robust partnership is amplified through the Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards, an educational program that supports the creative and critical thinking of New School students, inviting them to write about any of the 2,000 works in the University’s art collection with the editorial oversight of a member of the AICA-USA community. Previous AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lectures at The New School have been delivered by Michael Brenson, Linda Nochlin, Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Peter Schjeldahl, Michelle Kuo, Lucy Lippard, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Naomi Beckwith, and Negar Azimi.
The Department of Justice's murals and architecture provide such an amazing example of New Deal artistic production. Here are the SAAM Fellows enjoying their visit (along with a link to the DOJ's educational website for those who can't always see it in person): https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/department-of-justice-murals-washington-dc/.
Hello past and current fellows! I'll be joining you all this September, and in the meantime, I wanted to ask about taxes. Roughly how much $$ from the stipend would to recommend setting away over the course of the year to cover taxes? (I file individually) I've estimated a ballpark figure, but any information you have would be helpful. Feel free to reply via pm. Cheers! Spencer