Art & Design

Great art and design can decorate, educate, advocate, inspire, and challenge. At its core, art is about expression. Each piece is a personal expression of an artist’s creativity, beliefs, experiences, and point of view. Women’s creativity has impacted the art world, and the world at large, by challenging viewers to see the beauty and injustice of the world from their perspective.

Collection Objects

Learn the stories behind these objects or explore more American women artists and art featuring American women in the collections.

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Smithsonian American Women book cover.

Smithsonian American Women

Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection.

Smithsonian American Women book cover.