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2001


10/17/2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Staff Paint "Wall of Expression" to Commemorate Sept. 11

In response to the tragedies of September 11, staff from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery are painting a "Wall of Expression" on F Street N.W., using art as a tool for healing.



10/12/2001

Personal Appearance by Sam Maloof at Renwick Gallery Rescheduled to Dec. 1 and 2

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum has rescheduled a personal appearance by world-renowned woodworker Sam Maloof.



9/26/2001

13th Annual Eldredge Prize Awarded for Pioneering Look at Joseph Cornell and the Cinema

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has awarded the 2001 Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art to Dr. Jodi Hauptman, assistant professor in the department of art history at the University of Delaware.



9/6/2001

First Lady Laura Bush Visits Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition "Arte Latino" in Chicago

Today First Lady Laura Bush invited Marta Sahagún de Fox, First Lady of Mexico, and other dignitaries to preview "Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" where they met a number of the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition.



August 10, 2001

Renwick Gallery Presents First Ever Retrospective of Sam Maloof's Celebrated Furniture

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents the first full-scale exhibition dedicated to the furniture of world-renowned woodworker Sam Maloof from Sept. 14, 2001 through Jan. 20, 2002.



August 10, 2001

Free Public Programs Complement "The Furniture of Sam Maloof"

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum has exciting public programs planned to complement "The Furniture of Sam Maloof," the first major retrospective honoring the world-famous designer-craftsman.



August 10, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Completes Souvenir Book Set for Extensive Art Tour

With the release of four new souvenir books, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has completed an eight-book set to complement its "Treasures to Go" tour. "Treasures to Go" is perhaps the most extensive art tour ever, with eight traveling exhibitions crisscrossing the nation through 2002.



July 11, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Major Works by Modern Masters

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today (July 11) the purchase of two major works by postwar artists—"Sollie 17" (1979–1980), a mixed media construction by Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, and a monumental painting by Alfred Jensen, titled "Honor Pythagoras, Per I—Per VI" (1964).



June 29, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces First Lady Laura Bush as Honorary Patron of "Arte Latino"

The Smithsonian American Art Museum today (June 29) announced that First Lady Laura Bush will serve as honorary patron of the traveling exhibition "Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum."



May 22, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Lucelia Artist Award Winner for 2001

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today that Jorge Pardo is the inaugural winner of the Lucelia Artist Award, established by the museum earlier this year to encourage leading contemporary American artists.



March 27, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Participates in First Ever Collaborative International Virtual Exhibition

"Panoramas: The Landscape in North American Art," the first international art collaboration for the Web, sponsored by the United States, Canadian and Mexican governments, will be launched April 3, 2001.



March 7, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $10 Million Gift

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today that it has received a $10 million gift from Nan Tucker McEvoy of San Francisco, Calif., as a part of the ambitious renovation of the Old Patent Office Building. The Patent Office Building, expected to reopen in 2004, is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.



February 28, 2001

Two Craft Pieces Highlight Renwick Gallery's New Acquisitions

"Bureau of Bureaucracy," Kim Schmahmann's monumental cabinet sculpture that explores both the positive and negative aspects of bureaucracy, and "Pair of Prickly Pears," Jon Eric Riis' tapestries that create a play on words about pairs found in nature, highlight recent acquisitions of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.



February 23, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces Lucelia Artist Award

The Smithsonian American Art Museum today (Feb.23) announced the establishment of the Lucelia Artist Award, an annual prize to be awarded to a leading contemporary American artist.



February 14, 2001

Renwick Gallery Showcases Recently Acquired Ceramics in "USA Clay"

"USA Clay," on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery from March 9 through July 15, follows "Glass! Glorious Glass!" (1999) in an exhibition series that focuses on a specific medium in the expanding craft collection of the museum.



February 8, 2001

"Game Fish" Artist Larry Fuente to Speak at the Renwick Gallery

California artist Larry Fuente, whose mixed media piece "Game Fish" (1988) has become an icon of the permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, visits the museum on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. to discuss his work.



February 3, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Expands Virtual Audience

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Web site AmericanArt.si.edu, which recently received a number of awards, is engaging record numbers of visitors on the Internet through online exhibitions, learning tools and interactive experiences for adults and children alike.



January 24, 2001

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $10 Million Gift from Luce Foundation

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today (Jan. 24) that the Henry Luce Foundation has made a $10 million gift to establish the Luce Foundation Center for American Art.



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