This page includes a preview of some publications on artwork in government, which can be found in the stacks at the Kelley Center for Government Information.
Rediscovering America is a publication providing samples of projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities over the course of the Endowment's thirty-five year history. The publication has also been digitized on HathiTrust.
One of the sources highlighted in this publication is EDSITEment, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers free resources for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality K-12 humanities education materials in the subject areas of history and social studies, literature and language arts, foreign languages, arts, and culture.
To Make Beautiful the Capitol offers the latest scholarship on Constantino Brumidi, the artist whose elaborate wall and ceiling murals give the U.S. Capitol its distinctive appearance. Prepared by the Office of Senate Curator under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Find the ebook here!
The Picturing America program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities provided schools with resources to introduce students to American art, to enhance the study of American history, social studies, language arts, literature, and civics
Picturing America was composed of forty, carefully selected works of art spanning several centuries — all by American painters, sculptors, photographers and architects.
“Picturing America helps us understand our democracy by reintroducing us to our common heritage and ideals. It brings us face to face with the people, places, and events that have shaped our country, and provides an innovative way to experience America’s history through out nation’s art.”
-Bruce Cole, Late Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
This catalogue was published for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. from May 1 to August 3, 1980, which focuses on "aesthetically excellent" portrait drawings by American artists.
The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape the nation’s history, development and culture.
The National Portrait Gallery was authorized and founded by Congress in 1962 with the mission to acquire and display portraits of individuals who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States. Today, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery continues to narrate the multi-faceted and ever-changing story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery presents poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives form our national identity.
Across the Nation was published accompanying the exhibition shown at the National Collection of Fine Arts Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. (June 4-September 1, 1980) and Hunter Museum of Art Chattanooga, Tennessee (January 11-March 1, 1981). The exhibition catalogue focuses on a variety of sculptural commissions for federal buildings during the period of 1972 to 1979.
"The term places as art challenges us to look at our environment and at art in a new way. Usually we think of art as an object--something that hangs in a gallery--or as an event that takes place on a stage. Yet places can be works of art too. They can satisfy our desire for beauty, stir our deepest feelings, link us to our history." Commissioned by Design Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the publication begins with this statement. The text discusses the requirements of urban form to become works of art, six cases studies to advance the cause of design excellence, as well as a portfolio of American places as art, from Rockefeller Center to the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde.