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Save the Dates | In-Person SAAM Fellows’ Lectures
Wednesday, May 17, 1–5 p.m. ET 
Thursday, May 18, 1–5 p.m. ET 
Friday, May 19, 1–5 p.m. ET 

Location: McEvoy Auditorium  
Free | No registration required 

Join us for the first in-person fellows’ lecture series in four years! Seventeen fellows from the class of 2022–2023 will present new scholarship on a range of topics and time periods, media and messages. This multi-afternoon program will highlight a new generation of scholars who are pushing the boundaries of U.S. art history. 

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Charles C. Eldredge Prize Lecture with Vivien Green Fryd
In person
Tuesday, March 14, 5 p.m. ET

Location: McEvoy Auditorium
Free | Registration opening soon

Join art historian Vivien Green Fryd for the Eldredge Prize lecture, “The Art of the Un-Speakable and the ‘Me Too’ Movement.” Fryd is a professor emerita in the history of art and architecture department at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the United States Capitol, 1815–1865, and Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keeffe, and is currently writing Henry Ries’s Photographs of Berlin Iconic Buildings and Monuments, 1937–2004. In addition, Fryd has published essays in Panorama, Art Bulletin, American Art Journal, American Art, and Winterthur Portfolio.

She was the 2022 recipient of SAAM’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art for her book, Against Our Will: Sexual Trauma in American Art Since 1970, which provides analysis on American artists who challenge the taboos surrounding sexual violence to construct an anti-rape, anti-incest counternarrative.

Content warning: SAAM seeks to provide a safe space for all attendees; this lecture will amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence

Call for Applications: Toward Equity in Publishing


Toward Equity in Publishing is a professional development program provided by the peer-reviewed journal American Art, which is co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of Chicago Press. The program works toward ameliorating the inequitable conditions that precede and impede publication by providing developmental editing and workshops to demystify academic publishing. Eligibility is limited to untenured faculty, junior museum staff, independent scholars, and unpublished graduate students.  

With the continued generosity of the Dedalus Foundation, who has just extended their support for an additional two years, all participants will now receive a $1,000 stipend to offset participation costs such as family care, missed wages, or research expenses. 

For more information and application instructions, please visit   

Art Bites: Gallery Talks by SAAM Fellows

Fourth Friday of each month, 12:15–12:45 p.m. 
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby

Take an art break during your lunch hour and enjoy this lively series of in-person gallery talks. SAAM research fellows share new discoveries about artwork from the museum’s collection and invite you to participate in an exciting conversation guided by close looking. Learn the stories behind these objects and what they can tell us about America’s ever-changing culture. 

February 24th
Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Madeleine Harrison discusses Loïs Mailou Jones’s Les Fétiches (1938). Mark your calendar.

March 24th
Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow Jill Vaum Rothschild discusses David "Dave" Drake’s Untitled (Verse Jar) (1860). Mark your calendar.
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Five overlapping masks from different African tribes on a black background.
Brown stoneware jug against a gray background.
Image Credits: 
SAAM 2022–2023 Fellows, courtesy of subjects

Photo of Vivien Green Fryd, courtesy of subject

Loïs Mailou Jones, Les Fétiches, 1938, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Norvin H. Green, Dr. R. Harlan, and Francis Musgrave

David "Dave" Drake, Untitled (Verse Jar), 1860, stoneware with alkaline glaze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ann and Tom Cousins
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