The Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, which includes artworks in all media—from painting and sculpture to film and media art, photographs, folk art, and contemporary craft—reveals key aspects of America's rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. In recent years, the museum's acquisition efforts have focused on strengthening its modern and contemporary collections, as well as acquiring major works by Latino artists.
Below are links to selected recent acquisitions.
- Leo Villareal, Volume (Renwick)
- May Lin, Folding the Chesapeake
- Janet Echelman, 1.8
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Yellow and Blue House with Figures and Dog) (1939-1942)
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Radio) (1939-1942)
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Legs Construction with Blue Man) (1939-1942)
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Dog Fight with Writing) (1939-1942)
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Construction with Yawping Woman) (1939-1942)
- Bill Traylor, Untitled (Red Goat with Snake) (1939-1942)
Inquiries about Donating Artworks
If you are an artist, collector, or dealer with an artwork you wish to be considered by the museum for acquisition, please follow the guidelines below. Do not ship, send, or bring original artworks to the museum; the museum cannot return artworks to senders. Inquiries in person or by telephone will not be considered.
Please send all unsolicited submissions to:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
MRC 970 PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012