Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows

Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellows The purpose of this page is to connect current and former fellows of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its sister museums, and also to share scholarly news and programming taking place in the museum's Research and Scholars Center.

The purpose of this group is to bring together SAAM fellows and fellowship alumni and strengthen professional networks. We will also post notices of relevant events, such as reunions, the fellows' lecture series, and SAAM scholarly symposia. Please feel free to post research news or information about upcoming events related to your SAAM fellowship research.

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The AHAA Symposium (Oct 14-15) co-hosted by SAAM and the University of Maryland starts tomorrow. While the symposium its...
10/13/2021
AHAA Biennial Symposium | Department of Art History and Archaeology

The AHAA Symposium (Oct 14-15) co-hosted by SAAM and the University of Maryland starts tomorrow. While the symposium itself will be virtual, the schedule has been planned to allow for maximum interaction amongst AHAA members with live panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and networking opportunities. An optional Saturday schedule includes in-person tours of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland, and a cocktail reception at SAAM. Register today! https://arthistory.umd.edu/research-innovation/AHAA-biennial-symposium

Jointly organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the University of Maryland, this event will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of AHAA (2020) and the fiftieth anniversary of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s preeminent fellowship program. The two-day symposium, Thursday, October 1...

Know a student, recent graduate, or young professional interested in a museum career? Encourage them to register for "Bu...
09/24/2021
Get Started Building Your Museum Career

Know a student, recent graduate, or young professional interested in a museum career? Encourage them to register for "Building Your Future in a Changing Museum World," an online conversation with staff from SAAM and Smithsonian Gardens on Wednesday, September 29, from 2-4pm ET.

Join staff from SAAM and Smithsonian Gardens for an engaging virtual conversation about the changing landscape of the museum field and the need for greater diversity among the professional staff. Discuss your passions, studies, and experience with practicing museum professionals during this informat...

Read the fascinating story of Diné (Navajo) artist Amelia Joe-Chandler's "Hogan Teapot" (2013) by former SAAM Fellow Chr...
09/10/2021
Steeped in Memory: Amelia Joe-Chandler’s Hogan Teapot at NMAI

Read the fascinating story of Diné (Navajo) artist Amelia Joe-Chandler's "Hogan Teapot" (2013) by former SAAM Fellow Christine Garnier in the Smithsonian Voices blog: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2021/02/02/steeped-memory-amelia-joe-chandlers-hogan-teapot-nmai/

Nestled in an archival box in the storage vaults of the National Museum of the American Indian, I encountered a small, copper sculpture that points to an entirely different sense of place. Hogan Teapot (2013) by Diné (Navajo) artist Amelia Joe-Chandler is a living homage to the idea of home—parti...

Sharing the latest news from SAAM's Research and Scholars Center. Meet our 2021-2022 Class of SAAM fellows and more!
08/23/2021
August News from the Research and Scholars Center

Sharing the latest news from SAAM's Research and Scholars Center. Meet our 2021-2022 Class of SAAM fellows and more!

What are you researching during your fellowship? My research focuses on the importance of print and printmaking for conceptual artists during the 1970s. What first sparked your interest in your field? I became interested in printmaking while at the works on paper and photography conservation lab at....

The transformative acquisition of the Larry J. West Collection of 19th-century American photography is a transformative ...
08/18/2021
New Collection of Portraits Presents a Rarely Seen Diversity in 19th-Century American Photography

The transformative acquisition of the Larry J. West Collection of 19th-century American photography is a transformative one for SAAM's Research and Scholars Center. In addition to the artworks, the museum acquired West’s extensive library, including a treatise authored by him detailing his research, analysis and conservation of the collection, and his metrics for authenticating individual works. These materials will be available to fellows, researchers and visiting scholars as a major resource for the field.

Smithsonian American Art Museum announces major acquisition of the works of Black photographers James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington

We're pleased to announce the release of the summer 2021 issue of American Art (vol. 35, no. 2) featuring two feature-le...
08/12/2021
American Art: Submission Guidelines

We're pleased to announce the release of the summer 2021 issue of American Art (vol. 35, no. 2) featuring two feature-length articles by former SAAM Fellows!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

• Red Power in the Black Panther: Radical Imagination and Intersectional Resistance at Wounded Knee, by Louise Siddons
• Floating on a Chemical Sea: Lucas Samaras’s Psychedelic Emulsions, by Samuel Ewing
• “I” is for “Italian”: Francis W. Edmonds and the Image Peddler in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Culture, by Patricia Johnston
• The In/Visibility of Mourning: Seeing Labor, Loss, and Enslavement in an Antebellum Posthumous Portrait, by Christina Michelon
• Artistic Process and Domestic Labor in Liza Lou’s Kitchen, by Elyse Speaks

To access the new issue, please visit: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/amart/current.

For submissions guidelines, see: journals.uchicago.edu/journals/amart/instruct.

American Art invites article submissions from scholars at all career stages and regardless of institutional affiliation. The journal will consider feature articles up to 14,000 words, as well as proposals for multi-author short-format essays. For accepted submissions, the journal provides full-color...

This week, we announced an exciting new equity and diversity initiative through SAAM's journal American Art. The full pr...
08/03/2021
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces New Equity and Diversity Initiative Through the American Art Journal

This week, we announced an exciting new equity and diversity initiative through SAAM's journal American Art. The full press announcement is below and at https://americanart.si.edu/press/2021/08/American-Art-Journal-Equity-and-Diversity-Initiative. Congratulations to Robin Veder and the whole journal team for securing a grant to support this important work!

Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces New Equity and Diversity Initiative Through the American Art Journal

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has established a new professional development program to foster excellence and diversity in the field of American art scholarship. “Toward Equity in Publishing” is a two-year pilot program that will provide critical support to early-career art historians. Through editorial mentorship and workshops, the program will demystify scholarly publication processes and help scholars revise manuscripts for submission and publication. The initiative is supported by a $64,000 grant from the Dedalus Foundation.

The museum is well positioned to offer this guidance through its critically acclaimed, peer-reviewed journal for new scholarship, American Art. The journal is known for publishing original research written in clear prose, and it has a reputation for providing authors with the most extensive peer-review and editorial support in journal publishing.

“With this program, the journal aims to remediate the inequitable conditions that precede publication,” said Robin Veder, executive editor of American Art. “When academic institutions provide their students, faculty and staff with research and publishing grants, paid leave and structured writing support, the recipients often achieve increased publication acceptance rates, which improves overall career success. Such perquisites are not afforded to all scholars. American Art seeks to bridge this gap by supporting those who have not had the same institutional support or have experienced obstacles to academic publishing and career success.”

The program will provide editorial support and training in all aspects of preparing and revising a manuscript, including guidance about argument, evidence, structure and prose, as well as instruction on how to acquire images and clear rights. Participants will also receive constructive criticism about the manuscript content and readiness for publication, with advice on how to respond to the expectations of editors and peer reviewers. In addition, the program will facilitate building supportive communities among the participants, like those created by the museum’s fellowship program.

There is no obligation for the participants to publish with American Art or for the journal to publish their work.

This program is open to applications from unpublished graduate students, untenured faculty, junior museum staff and independent scholars. Participants will be selected by members of the journal’s editorial board and will be awarded on a six-month cycle. This process will be repeated four times over a two-year period, for a total of 24 participants. Each awardee will be eligible for program support for up to 12 months. Priority will be given to applicants whose experiences will broaden diversity in the field, including those with a personal history of overcoming adversity, first-generation college or graduate school attendees, and those who have not received institutional funding in the past two years. The first deadline is Sept. 15. For more information, email [email protected].

American Art is published three times a year in partnership with the University of Chicago Press. It is accessible online to more than 11,000 institutions in the United States and in 57 other countries. The journal is part of the museum’s extensive support of new scholarship in American art. Since 1970, the museum has provided 732 scholars with financial aid, unparalleled research resources and a world-class network of colleagues. Resources include access to in-house experts; hosting regular convenings of scholars and symposia; offering three publication prizes for outstanding scholarship; special collections, including the Joseph Cornell Study Center and the Nam June Paik Archive; six online art-research databases with more than a half-million records, including the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture that documents more than 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide; and extensive photographic collections documenting American art and artists.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has established a new professional development program to foster excellence and diversity in the field of American art scholarship. “Toward Equity in Publishing” is a two-year pilot program that will provide critical support to early-career art historians.

We're excited to announce a major gift of $2.1 million from the Windgate Foundation, which establishes an endowment for ...
08/02/2021
Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $2.1 Million From the Windgate Foundation

We're excited to announce a major gift of $2.1 million from the Windgate Foundation, which establishes an endowment for acquiring artworks by living artists and support for fellowship positions! https://americanart.si.edu/press/2021/07/windgate-foundation-major-gift

Press release:
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a $2.1 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish an endowment dedicated to acquiring artworks by living craft artists. The gift also funds two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions that further scholarship in American craft. This major gift to the museum affirms the Renwick Gallery as the nation’s preeminent center for the enjoyment and study of American craft, and supports the leadership role of its craft program to advocate for a diverse and inclusive view of what is traditionally considered great art.

For the past decade, the Renwick Gallery has presented a series of exhibitions that reassess what craft is in a modern world. This new fund for acquisitions is dedicated to adding to the museum’s collection artworks made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists. This collecting effort will be featured, for the first time, in the museum’s upcoming exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” (opening May 2022), which celebrates the Renwick Gallery’s 50th anniversary by honoring the history of studio craft while also introducing progressive contemporary narratives and artists that highlight the more inclusive and changing landscape of American craft.

The two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions will support new scholarship in the field of American craft. The positions offered during the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 academic years, respectively, will provide emerging scholars with financial aid, unparalleled research resources and access to a network of world-class colleagues at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and across the field. The museum operates the premier fellowship program, which is the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art.

“We are honored to receive this generous and enduring gift from the Windgate Foundation,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “At the Renwick Gallery we are dedicated to nurturing the field of American craft by supporting artists and scholars. This gift builds on our leadership in collecting, researching and exhibiting American craft and allows us to bring more contemporary and diverse voices into the collection.”

The Windgate Foundation has supported contemporary craft and visual arts since 1993. The new gift is a significant expansion of the foundation’s commitment to the craft program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Previously, the Windgate Foundation contributed to the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries at the Renwick Gallery in 2015 following a renovation of its historic building, supported acquisitions and public programs such as the “Maloof Symposium: Furniture and the Future” in 2016 and provided funding for the 2010 exhibition catalog for “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection.”

The Windgate Foundation also supported a pre-doctoral fellowship in American craft for the 2021–2022 academic year. Awarded to Sara Morris of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the fellowship supports her work on her dissertation titled “Figurative Sculpture and the Crafting of Identity in Postwar American Art, 1960–1990.”

About Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships
The museum hosts fellows appointed by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and grants its own awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The museum recently announced the appointment of 16 new fellows for the 2021–2022 academic year.
Since 1970, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has supported 732 scholars through its fellowship program. Former fellows now occupy positions in prominent academic and cultural institutions across the United State and around the world. Additional information about the program is online at americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships.

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the most significant and inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Its Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. and is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday Admission is free. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.

Major Gift Establishes an Endowment for Acquiring Artworks by Living Artists and Support for Fellowship Positions The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a $2.1 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish an endowment dedicated to acquiring artworks by

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the appointment of 16 fellows and the extension of 9 others for the 20...
06/28/2021
Smithsonian American Art Museum Announces 2021–2022 Fellowship Appointments and Residencies

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the appointment of 16 fellows and the extension of 9 others for the 2021–2022 academic year. The museum’s premier fellowship program is the oldest and largest program for the study of American art. The museum’s program hosts fellows appointed by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and also grants its own awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The Smithsonian’s COVID-19 safety policy currently restricts on-site research, so the museum will continue to allow fellows to participate in the program remotely.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced the appointment of 16 fellows and the extension of nine others for the 2021–2022 academic year. The museum’s premier fellowship program is the oldest and largest program for the study of American art.

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The purpose of this page is to share news of the scholarly activities and contributions of current and former fellows of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), and also to foster a strong international alumni network. We post notices of SAAM symposia, reunions, the annual fellows' lecture series, and other events of interest to alumni. Outside posts with alumni news, including recent publications emerging from Smithsonian research or upcoming convenings of common interest, are encouraged.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $2.1 Million From the Windgate Foundation Major Gift Establishes an Endowment for Acquiring Artworks by Living Artists and Support for Fellowship Positions The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a $2.1 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish an endowment dedicated to acquiring artworks by living craft artists. The gift also funds two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions that further scholarship in American craft. This major gift to the museum affirms the Renwick Gallery as the nation’s preeminent center for the enjoyment and study of American craft, and supports the leadership role of its craft program to advocate for a diverse and inclusive view of what is traditionally considered great art. For the past decade, the Renwick Gallery has presented a series of exhibitions that reassess what craft is in a modern world. This new fund for acquisitions is dedicated to adding to the museum’s collection artworks made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists. This collecting effort will be featured, for the first time, in the museum’s upcoming exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” (opening May 2022), which celebrates the Renwick Gallery’s 50th anniversary by honoring the history of studio craft while also introducing progressive contemporary narratives and artists that highlight the more inclusive and changing landscape of American craft. The two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions will support new scholarship in the field of American craft. The positions offered during the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 academic years, respectively, will provide emerging scholars with financial aid, unparalleled research resources and access to a network of world-class colleagues at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and across the field. The museum operates the premier fellowship program, which is the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. “We are honored to receive this generous and enduring gift from the Windgate Foundation,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “At the Renwick Gallery we are dedicated to nurturing the field of American craft by supporting artists and scholars. This gift builds on our leadership in collecting, researching and exhibiting American craft and allows us to bring more contemporary and diverse voices into the collection.” The Windgate Foundation has supported contemporary craft and visual arts since 1993. The new gift is a significant expansion of the foundation’s commitment to the craft program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Previously, the Windgate Foundation contributed to the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries at the Renwick Gallery in 2015 following a renovation of its historic building, supported acquisitions and public programs such as the “Maloof Symposium: Furniture and the Future” in 2016 and provided funding for the 2010 exhibition catalog for “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection.” The Windgate Foundation also supported a pre-doctoral fellowship in American craft for the 2021–2022 academic year. Awarded to Sara Morris of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the fellowship supports her work on her dissertation titled “Figurative Sculpture and the Crafting of Identity in Postwar American Art, 1960–1990.” About Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships The museum hosts fellows appointed by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and grants its own awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The museum recently announced the appointment of 16 new fellows for the 2021–2022 academic year. Since 1970, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has supported 732 scholars through its fellowship program. Former fellows now occupy positions in prominent academic and cultural institutions across the United State and around the world. Additional information about the program is online at americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships.
Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives $2.1 Million From the Windgate Foundation Major Gift Establishes an Endowment for Acquiring Artworks by Living Artists and Support for Fellowship Positions The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a $2.1 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to establish an endowment dedicated to acquiring artworks by living craft artists. The gift also funds two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions that further scholarship in American craft. This major gift to the museum affirms the Renwick Gallery as the nation’s preeminent center for the enjoyment and study of American craft, and supports the leadership role of its craft program to advocate for a diverse and inclusive view of what is traditionally considered great art. For the past decade, the Renwick Gallery has presented a series of exhibitions that reassess what craft is in a modern world. This new fund for acquisitions is dedicated to adding to the museum’s collection artworks made by a broadly representative and diverse group of American artists. This collecting effort will be featured, for the first time, in the museum’s upcoming exhibition “This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” (opening May 2022), which celebrates the Renwick Gallery’s 50th anniversary by honoring the history of studio craft while also introducing progressive contemporary narratives and artists that highlight the more inclusive and changing landscape of American craft. The two sequential one-year pre-doctoral fellowship positions will support new scholarship in the field of American craft. The positions offered during the 2022–2023 and 2023–2024 academic years, respectively, will provide emerging scholars with financial aid, unparalleled research resources and access to a network of world-class colleagues at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and across the field. The museum operates the premier fellowship program, which is the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. “We are honored to receive this generous and enduring gift from the Windgate Foundation,” said Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “At the Renwick Gallery we are dedicated to nurturing the field of American craft by supporting artists and scholars. This gift builds on our leadership in collecting, researching and exhibiting American craft and allows us to bring more contemporary and diverse voices into the collection.” The Windgate Foundation has supported contemporary craft and visual arts since 1993. The new gift is a significant expansion of the foundation’s commitment to the craft program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Previously, the Windgate Foundation contributed to the reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries at the Renwick Gallery in 2015 following a renovation of its historic building, supported acquisitions and public programs such as the “Maloof Symposium: Furniture and the Future” in 2016 and provided funding for the 2010 exhibition catalog for “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection.” The Windgate Foundation also supported a pre-doctoral fellowship in American craft for the 2021–2022 academic year. Awarded to Sara Morris of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the fellowship supports her work on her dissertation titled “Figurative Sculpture and the Crafting of Identity in Postwar American Art, 1960–1990.” About Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowships The museum hosts fellows appointed by the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships and grants its own awards for scholars and students to pursue research at the museum, including senior, predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. The museum recently announced the appointment of 16 new fellows for the 2021–2022 academic year. Since 1970, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has supported 732 scholars through its fellowship program. Former fellows now occupy positions in prominent academic and cultural institutions across the United State and around the world. Additional information about the program is online at americanart.si.edu/research/fellowships.
Please join us for this virtual book launch event, a conversation between former Fellows, on March 1 at 7:30 pm EST. The material in this project developed from my Predoc time at SAAM and AAA. I am grateful to the community of fellows, from my year and at large, for their many contributions to my scholarship - and to this book. Register here:
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Anya Montiel to the Renwick Gallery as our new Curator of American and Native American Women’s Art and Craft, a temporary position split between NMAI and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, funded by the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative. Anya’s first day in the office is today, and we will be showing her around the building and introducing her to staff in the next several weeks. Anya comes to the Smithsonian with institutional history, having working at NMAI in various roles from 2004-2009. Before starting work on her doctorate at Yale University, Anya also served as Curator of Collections at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum and as an admissions officer for Stanford University. Anya’s Ph.D. research focused on the 20th-century Native art, including work with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board collection and records at NMAI and the national Archives. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Yale, Anya has been an Assistant Professor in the History of Art at the University of Arizona, and has most recently also participated as part of the advisory board for Crystal Bridges’ upcoming craft show. She brings to this position a deep interest in women’s and Native art and craft, including craft programs and legislation, as well an encompassing knowledge of Native contemporary art that will benefit SAAM/Renwick priorities like HOOP, the Permanent Collection rehang, and the Renwick’s 50th Anniversary plans, as well as NMAI projects.