The Curatorial Office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum organizes and oversees the museum's exhibitions and acquisitions programs. It also researches, conserves, and displays the national collection.
Smithsonian American Art Museum curators have broad expertise, and their research interests encompass the full range of American art from the past to the present. Short biographies are available online.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg, chief curator—twentieth-century art, the Ash Can School, and New Deal art
Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art (Renwick Gallery)
John G. Hanhardt, senior curator—film and media arts
Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator—nineteenth and early twentieth century art, landscape painting, southwestern and Texas art
Karen Lemmey, curator—sculpture
Michael Mansfield, curator—film and media arts
Joanna Marsh, The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art
Joann Moser, deputy chief curator—graphic arts
E. Carmen Ramos, curator—Latino art
William Truettner, curator emeritus
Leslie Umberger, curator—folk and self-taught art
Exhibitions and Publications
Extensive research by the Smithsonian American Art Museum curatorial staff produces large-scale exhibitions with catalogues as well as smaller shows that draw from the museum's permanent collection. Information about current, past and upcoming exhibitions is available online. The museum also maintains an ambitious schedule of traveling exhibitions.
Inquires 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 for sending information to the Museum's Curatorial Office (by mail only please), available at the bottom of the New Acquisitions page of the website.
The museum's conservation staff, who work in five labs and studios that comprise the Lunder Conservation Center, are responsible for the treatment of works in the museum's collection. Conservators specialize in painting, paper, and three-dimensional objects. The Center is equipped with a hot table, ultraviolet and infrared viewing systems, stereomicroscopes, suction table for stain removal, sink for washing works of art on paper, spray booth, fume hood, and other specialized tools for the treatment of works of art. The conservation staff also monitors temperature and humidity in the galleries, as well as other tools that measure visual spectrum and ultraviolet light.
Tiarna Doherty—chief of conservation
Susan Edwards—conservation technician
Helen Ingalls—objects conservator
Amber Kerr-Allison— painting conservator
Martin Kotler—frames conservator
Kate Maynor—paper conservator
Hugh Shockey—objects conservator
For further information about the Curatorial Office, contact us at AmericanArtCurator[at]si.edu
Pictured: Jack Levine, Art Gallery, about 1942, lithograph, 10 1/4 x 8 1/2 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Baum in memory of Edith Gregor Halpert