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Declaration by Japanese-American artists

Archives of American Art
Artists' Statement : 1 p. : typescript ; 33 x 22 cm Declaration denouncing the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor.
Names listed are: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Chuzo Tamotzu, Thomas Nagai, Sakari Suzuki, Roy Kadowaki, Bunji Tagawa, and Leo Amino

Teton Artists' Associated outdoor class

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm. Identification on verso (handwritten): Teton Artist's Association.
Image of clouds has been spliced on to the picture.
Paul Bransom instructing at easel on far right, with Teton Mountains in the backround.
Bransom, in 1947, started the Teton Artists Associated and spent the next 16 summers in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Artists' book for Robert Ebendorf

Archives of American Art
1 mixed media : various media ; 15 x 11 cm. Book combines collaged clippings of text pertaining to Ebendorf, a photo of Ebendorf, scientific illustrations, maps, and postage stamps. Several pages are embroidered with red thread.
Front cover reads "Out of this world."
Back cover is signed: Sharon [or Shawn?]; 2008.

Portrait of the Artists

National Portrait Gallery

Leo Castelli and Artists

National Portrait Gallery

Archive of African Artists

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Online exhibit featuring a sampling of exhibition announcements and gallery brochures for 21 African artists from eleven countries. The National Museum of African Art Library maintains a fast-growing collection of more than 3,300 files on contemporary African artists. No other library in the United States is developing or maintaining this type of collection.

Smithsonian Folkways: Featured Artists

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Webpage includes a selection of biographical information of featured musical artists from around the globe. Through video and audio clips, students connect the artists with their work to recognize the skills involved in music-making.

Artists Equity Association goals

Archives of American Art
Note : 2 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm Kuniyoshi lists the steps that the Association aims to take to protect and support artists' financial wellbeing.
Date is based on the first year of Kuniyoshi's presidency of the Artists Equity Association.

Anne Wilson artists' statement

Archives of American Art
Artists' Statement : 1 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.

Statement has heading: A brief statement about my work

Artists’ Books and Africa

Smithsonian Libraries
Meet some of the artists who made these very special books on view here—Mark Attwood (South Africa), Toufik Berramdane (Morocco), Atta Kwami (Ghana), Bessie Smith Moulton (USA), Bruce Onobrakpeya (Nigeria), and Robbin Ami Silverberg (USA). On location or via Skype, filmmaker Matthew Morrison lets the artists share with us their bookmaking experiences. Discovering artists’ books first-hand can be a revelation—a “wow” moment as you open the book and turn the page. Several of these special moments are captured on film. View the Online Exhibition:

Portraits of Women Artists

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Jackson Pollock artists' statement

Archives of American Art
Artists' Statement : 1 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.

Pollock describes his artworks as a hybrid between the easel painting and the mural.

Robert Indiana artists' statement

Archives of American Art
Artists' Statement : 1 p. : typescript ; 27 x 22 cm.

Statement is typewritten on Stable Gallery letterhead.

Fiesta of Chilean artists

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print : b&w Black and white group portrait mounted on paper.
Identification (handwritten): Fiesta of Chilean Artists during exhibition of Contemporary American Painting in Santiago with Domingo Santa Cruz, Dean of Faculty of Fine Art, U of Chile, at Regent but no [?], and the Director of the National Museum, Julio Ortiz de Zainte.
Signatures of those in photograph present on recto and verso of paper.

Artists File Taxes Too!

Smithsonian Magazine

It's that time of year, again, the deadline for filing your federal and state income tax returns. And if you've procrastinated until the absolute last day—extended from April 15 until April 18 because of the Emancipation Day holiday as celebrated in Washington, D.C.— you still have some time. You are also in good company. Filing taxes is probably one of the few remaining equalizers that exists in society; everyone has to do it— including the rich, the famous, and the rich and famous. But the way we do it—before time or at the last minute; happily or begrudingly—cuts across all sections the population.

The Archives of American Art boasts over 6,000 different collections, many of which include the financial papers and tax returns of U.S. artists.  But what can looking at the tax returns of artists tell us about them, and possibly ourselves? Curatorial Archives Specialist Mary Savig shares some of what she learned.

Where did this collection come from?

Normally when we acquire papers, we do get a lot of tax material included in them. The gamut of collections usually runs between personal letters, tax returns, financial records and sketch books. It really ranges, but we do tend to have a lot of financial material.

What can looking at an artist's tax returns tell us about him or her?

You learn what their studio conditions were like, what they were making on their art at the time and what they were spending their money on. So, tax returns can reveal information about their level of success at the time and whether or not they were charitable with their money.

Did you find anything interesting?

We have a great tax return from the artist Mitchell Siporin, who was a muralist during the Works Progress Administration (WPA). We have a lot of WPA artists in our collections, but what’s notable about these tax returns it that their only source of income during the Great Depression was from the federal government. It’s just a financial record, but it is poignant to show that if they had not been supported by the WPA, they probably wouldn’t have been able to remain artists and they would’ve had to find work doing other things. So the fact that the federal government was able to support their art was really great because it allowed them to flourish after the depression as well.

The collection seems fairly mundane. Was that surprising?

I think what’s so great about some of these financial records is that they’re pretty mundane. Tax returns are kind of a burden that we share with artists, so it show that artists can also be relatable —they also have to do their taxes.It's the irksome tasks that we all have to do which kind of bring us together, so we can understand kind of their work, too.

Since many of the financial records in the archives contain personal material, there aren't any plans for a public display, however; they collections are open to researchers who may find the information useful to their scholarship.

Happy filing!

Artists playing musical instruments

Archives of American Art
1 photographic print ; 18 x 13 cm. Shows a group of nine men gathered in a living room, each holding an instrument.
Date based on style of dress worn by subjects in photo.

Graphc Artists Guild Button

National Museum of American History
This circular button has white text in a black circle that reads: Graphic Artists Guild. In the center is a black and white guild logo. A mark in black ink on the reverse reads: SigGroup '87.

Portraits of Twelve Artists

National Museum of American History

Jazz Artists Musicale Button

National Museum of American History

Artists Interpret the Butterfly

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Trophy of artists' tools

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
A palette with brushes in the hold, a compass, a square, a drawing-pen, a protractor, and a garland in front of a strone (?) and a branch. Colored background.

Canadian Artists' Drawing Book

National Museum of the American Indian
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