SAAM Arcade 2021: Building Community, Embracing Individuality

August 8, 2021

SAAM Arcade is back and online this year! Join us for a day of virtual play and be the first to discover the latest independent games created during SAAM’s inaugural game […]

Viewfinder Virtual Film Series: Leslie Thornton on Surviving 

August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. ET Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an engaging virtual lecture with award-winning filmmaker Leslie Thornton. Learn how Thornton, with her decades-long episodic film […]

Viewfinder Virtual Film Series: Leslie Thornton on Surviving


Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an engaging virtual lecture with award-winning filmmaker Leslie Thornton. Learn how Thornton, with her decades-long episodic film epic Peggy and Fred in Hell […]

SAAM Arcade

August 2, 2021

Free Week-Long Virtual Event Celebrates Community and Individuality in Gaming The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present its annual “SAAM Arcade” online this year and, for the first time, in […]

Beyond the Studio Virtual Workshop: Watercolor Illustration with Marcella Kriebel 

May 23, 2021

Sunday, May 23, 1–2 p.m. ET Venture beyond the studio with DC artist Marcella Kriebel. Register now for this engaging Zoom workshop and learn the basics of watercolor and illustration techniques, […]

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Studio Tour with Rowland Ricketts 

May 20, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. ET Enjoy a behind-the-scenes virtual studio tour and artwork demonstration by Rowland Ricketts, one of the artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Discover more […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Reopening

May 14, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on […]

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Conversation Series: Creating in a Digital Sphere

May 13, 2021

Thursday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. ET The digital realm defines a new chapter of Chicanx graphics. Artists use technologically based artwork to critique Big Tech, as well as distribute digital […]

Art Signs Online: Artful Conversations in ASL


Thursday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. ET Curious about American art? Join us for a 30-minute gallery conversation about selected works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection. This program is […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Virtual Fellows Lectures

May 12, 2021

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Join the 2020–2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as […]