Press Release Archive
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December 28, 2000
Winners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's New Media/New Century Award Announced
New technology artists Cindy Bernard, Russet Lederman and Patrick Lichty are winners of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's New Media/New Century Award to create art for the Web.
October 27, 2000
New Name—Smithsonian American Art Museum—Approved
President Bill Clinton today (Oct.27) signed into law a bill renaming the museum possessing one of the nation's first art collections as the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
October 5, 2000
Renwick Gallery Features Portraits by Contemporary Artist Liza Lou
"Star-Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou" opens Nov. 18, 2000 at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art and remains on view through President's Day, Feb. 19, 2001. The museum presents this installation to complement the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's new permanent exhibition "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden."
September 28, 2000
National Museum of American Art Publishes Four New Souvenir Books to Coincide with Most Extensive Art Tour Ever
In celebration of "Treasures To Go"—a nationally circulating tour of eight exhibitions from its permanent collection—the National Museum of American Art has released the first four in a series of eight souvenir books.
September 5, 2000
National Museum of American Art Reaches Milestone in Ongoing "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" Project
The National Museum of American Art has reached a milestone in the first stage of its ongoing "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" project with the creation of the most comprehensive database of American sculpture available to the public.
September 1, 2000
National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery Features Amish Quilts
Opening October 6 and continuing through January 21, 2001 at the National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery, "Amish Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown" explores the value of the quilt within the Amish community, as well as the infinite variation on traditional patterns in Amish quiltmaking.
September 1, 2000
Quilts Celebrating African American Spirit at the National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery
Saluting the work of the Women of Color Quilters Network, the National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery will host "Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African American Artists" from Oct. 6 to Jan. 21, 2001.
August 15, 2000
New Media/New Century Award Established for Online Landscape Project
The National Museum of American Art announces the establishment of the New Media/New Century Award in support of new art created for the Web. This award is made possible by Dominion, an energy company headquartered in Richmond, Va., as part of an ongoing partnership with the National Museum of American Art.
August 11, 2000
12th Annual Eldredge Prize Awarded for New Interpretation of Early Modern American Art
Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in art history at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2000 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art by the National Museum of American Art.
July 31, 2000
National Museum of American Art Video Wins First Prize at MUSE Awards
"The Art of Craft: Wood," a video created by the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art and VideoArt Productions, won first prize in the "Films and Videos about Art" category at the American Association of Museum's MUSE Awards on May 15th.
July 24, 2000
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Fellowship Appointments
The Smithsonian American Art Museum announces the appointment of twelve new fellows for the 2000/2001 session. The museum's program, established in 1970, grants awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships, as well as 10-week graduate student awards.
May 17, 2000
National Museum of American Art Unveils Refurbished
Renwick Gallery Grand Salon;
Monumental Thomas Moran Landscapes Among 170 Works on View
The Grand Salon of the National Museum of American Art's Renwick Gallery reopens to the public on June 3, after a six-month period of refurbishment. Custom-made draperies, a state-of-the art lighting system, and gilding of frieze elements are among the components that re-create the elegant setting of a 19th-century collector's picture gallery.
March 9, 2000
Illusionistic Furniture of John Cederquist
Opens March 31 at Renwick Gallery
A selection of thirteen works made during the last two decades by pre-eminent furniture artist John Cederquist is featured in a new exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art. "The Art of John Cederquist: Reality of Illusion" opens March 31 and continues through Aug. 20.
March 9, 2000
Renwick Gallery Inaugurates Biennial Exhibition Series
"The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft," the first in a new biennial exhibition series introducing the work of exceptional artists established in their respective craft fields, yet worthy of greater recognition, opens March 31 and continues through Aug. 20 at the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art.
February 23, 2000
Ferdinand T. (Terry) Stent Elected Chair,
Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan Elected Vice-Chair of the
National Museum of American Art Board of Commissioners
The Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution has confirmed the election of Ferdinand T. (Terry) Stent of Atlanta, Ga., as chair, and Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan of Washington, D.C., as vice-chair, of the National Museum of American Art Board of Commissioners, effective immediately.