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The U.S. Government and Art

To comprehend the vast plethora of art in this diverse country, and to fully grasp the collective creative temperament of the times, it is helpful to understand how the very infrastructure of this nation regards, reacts to, and supports its artists and their work. Take a browse through the stacks to see art, as it is defined, appreciated and used by the United States Government.


National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965- Declaration of Purpose: “Sec.2 The Congress hereby finds and declares…(5) that while no government can call a great artist or scholar into existence, it is necessary and appropriate for the federal government to help create and sustain not only a climate encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and inquiry but also the material conditions facilitating the release of this creative talent; (6) that the world leadership which has come to the United States cannot rest solely on superior power, wealth, and technology, but must be solidly founded upon worldwide respect and admiration for the Nation’s high qualities as a leader in the realm of ideas and of the spirit; (7) that, in order to implement these findings, it is desirable to establish a National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.”


“We take pride in the power of imagination that animates and sustains our democracy. We are, and always will be, a nation of creators and innovators. This small agency (The National Endowment for the Arts) fosters the creativity that has made democracy the call heard around the world. May it long continue to preserve such creativity and freedom.” – Bill Clinton

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America as Art

Title: America as Art.

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1976

Call No: Docs SI 6.2:AM 3/4

Title: American Indian and Alaska Native Arts and Crafts.

Publication: Washington, D.C. : Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1976

SuDoc: Docs I 1.84:AM 3

American Indian and Alaska Native Arts and Crafts
America as Art

Title: American Portrait Drawings.

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Portrait Gallery by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980

Call No:Docs SI 11.2:AM 3/6

Title: The American Soldier, Picture art reproductions, Set No. 5.

Poster on Display: Brazilian Expeditionary Force in Italy, 1945

Publication: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Army Center of Military History, 1982

SuDoc: Docs D 114.13:SO 4/2 SET.5

The American Soldier, Picture art reproductions, Set No. 5, Poster
National Endowment For The Arts: The Arts In Rural America

Title: National Endowment For The Arts: The Arts In Rural America

Publication: Washington, DC : National Endowment for the Arts, 1991

Call No: Docs NF 2.2:AR 7/6

Title: Beverly Jose Sacoman: Paintings.

Publication: [Browning, Mont.] (Junction of Highways 2 & 89 West, Browning 59417) : [U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Museum of the Plains Indian & Crafts Center, 1998

SuDoc: Docs I 1.84: B 46

Beverly Jose Sacoman: Paintings
The Code Duello in America: on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, December 18, 1980, to April 19, 1981

Title: The Code Duello in America: on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, December 18, 1980, to April 19, 1981.

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Portrait Gallery by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980

Call No: Docs SI 11.2:C 64

Title: Contemporary Art From Alaska.

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978

SuDoc: Docs SI 6.2:AL 1S

Contemporary Art From Alaska
Emanuel Leutze, 1816-1868: Freedom Is the Only King

Title: Emanuel Leutze, 1816-1868: Freedom Is the Only King.

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press , 1975

Call No: Docs SI 6.2:L 57 1816-68

Title: Focus: A Design Arts Film and Video Guide.

Publication: Washington, D.C : Partners for Livable Places, 1981

SuDoc: Docs NF 2.2:D 46/5

Focus: A Design Arts Film and Video Guide
Jacob Kainen: Prints, A Retrospective

Title: Jacob Kainen: Prints, A Retrospective

Publication: Washington : Published for the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Institution Press , 1976

Call No: Docs SI 6.2:K 12

Title: Medicine Creek Rock Art, a window on the American indian past.

Publication: Roseburg, Or. (2900 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg 97470) : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, Umpqua National Forest,, 2004

SuDoc: Docs A 13.2:M 46/6

Medicine Creek Rock Art, a window on the American indian past
More than Land or Sky: Art from Appalachia

Title: More than Land or Sky: Art from Appalachia

Publication: Washington, D.C. : Published for the National Museum of American Art by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981

Call No: Docs SI 6.2:AP 4

Title: National Collection of Fine Arts: Information for Docents.

Publication: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974

SuDoc: Docs SI 6.2:D 65

National Collection of Fine Arts: Information for Docents
1997 Annual Report, National Endowment for the Arts

Title: 1997 Annual Report

Publication: Washington, D.C. : Division of Publications, National Endowment for the Arts, 1997

Call No: Docs NF 2.1:1997

Title: National Gallery of Art, Mythology, Teacher Institute, Summer 1998.

Publication: National Gallery of Art, 1998

SuDoc: Docs SI 8.2: M 99 1998

National Gallery of Art, Mythology, Teacher Institute, Summer 1998
Portraits & personalities : family guide : National Gallery of Art, West Building

Title: Portraits & personalities : family guide : National Gallery of Art, West Building

Publication: [Washington] : The Gallery, 1992

Call No: Docs SI 8.8:P 88/2

Title: "Reflections" by Anne Desrosier-Grant, an exhibition, April 23 to July 4, 1989.

Publication: Browning, Mont. : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Museum of the Plains Indian and Crafts Cen, 1989

SuDoc: Docs I 1.84:R 25

"Reflections" by Anne Desrosier-Grant, an exhibition, April 23 to July 4, 1989
Sinte Gleska College Art Institute, an Exhibition, April 2 to April 28, 1989

Title: Sinte Gleska College Art Institute, an Exhibition, April 2 to April 28, 1989.

Publication: Rapid City, S.D. : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Sioux Indian Museum and Crafts Center 1989

Call No: Docs I 1.84:SIi 6