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American Art
A journal of the nation’s visual heritage

Art Journal cover

Cy Twombly, VII, Natural History Part I, Mushrooms, 1974 (detail). Mixed-media technique: lithograph, granolithograph, collotype, photochrome with collage and drawings by the artist, 30 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, Purchased with funds from Rose F. Rosenfield © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photo ©2013, Des Moines Art Center

Since its founding in 1987, American Art has been an indispensable resource for scholars, collectors, and museum-goers who want to enrich their understanding of the nation’s art and culture. American Art encompasses all aspects of the country’s visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Elegant color plates give the journal a distinctive appearance, and the articles are written in an engaging style.

Articles planned in the coming months include the following:

  • A set of commentaries exploring the various ways in which issues of ecology and sustainability shape artistic practice, historical interpretation, and museum design and programming, by Renée Ater, Alan C. Braddock, Robin Kelsey, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, and Emily Eliza Scott
  • Confronting Taboo: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence, by Tanya Sheehan
  • Evangelical Space: The Oxbow, Religious Print, and the Moral Landscape in America, by Jerome Tharaud
  • Theatrical Mayhem in Junius Brutus Stearns’s Hannah Duston Killing the Indians, by Lauren Lessing
  • Ad Reinhardt: Painter as Writer, by Edyta Frelik
  • An appreciation of Cynthia J. Mills (1947–2014), by Sarah Burns

A one-year subscription for individuals costs $49, and provides full online access to all back issues of American Art. Members of Friends of the Smithsonian, Smithsonian National Associates, American Studies Association, and the College Art Association receive subscriptions at the discounted price of $39. The rate for students is $35. Higher rates apply for institutions.

For information on subscribing, purchasing single issues, or submitting articles to the journal, which is published for the museum by the University of Chicago Press, please visit This link also acts as a portal to the electronic edition of the journal.

For information on a new publication prize for foreign scholars, please see the Terra Foundation for American Art International Essay Prize.