Art Across America: A Comprehensive Guide to American Art Museums and Exhibition Galleries

Art Across America: A Comprehensive Guide to American Art Museums and Exhibition Galleries

by John J. Russell
     
 

While the major American art museums boast record attendance in six and seven figures, there are hundreds of museums across the country with impressive collections, imaginative architecture, and creative programs that do not get the attention they deserve. This comprehensive resource guide to American art museums and galleries provides details about 1,680 famous and… See more details below

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While the major American art museums boast record attendance in six and seven figures, there are hundreds of museums across the country with impressive collections, imaginative architecture, and creative programs that do not get the attention they deserve. This comprehensive resource guide to American art museums and galleries provides details about 1,680 famous and lesser-known venues, such as temporary exhibitions, number and size of galleries, attendance figures, and types of objects in permanent holdings. Illustrations of facilities and objects in the collections enable the art lover to plan more efficient trips and discover hidden treasures in an off-the-beaten-path venue.

Author Biography: John J. Russell is a former teacher and managing editor of Columbia Books, Inc. He lives in Sparks, Maryland. Thomas S. Spencer is a former teacher and lawyer. He lives in White Hall, Maryland.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Unlike National Register Publishing's The Official Museum Directory, which includes aquariums, zoos, science museums, children's museums, and the like, this work focuses on art museums only, listing 1680 institutions nationwide by state and city. Intended to help the traveler make informed decisions on which places to visit, this straightforward guide is easy to read and has fairly large print (especially compared with the NRP directory). The coverage includes academic facilities, which were the subject of Russell and Spencer's earlier Art on Campus (Friar's Lantern, 2000), as well as corporate venues and nonprofit galleries such as the Lutheran Brotherhood Collection of Religious Art in Minneapolis and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Each entry offers such basics as address, telephone number, web site address (URL), hours, fees, parking, and accessibility, and there is a fully cross-referenced index as well. State maps show the locations of the various institutions, and small black-and-white illustrations of the museums themselves or an object they contain are scattered throughout the text. Featuring general-collection information, this handy, reasonably priced resource could be used in conjunction with the Art Now Gallery Guide, a magazine focusing mainly on special exhibitions and events. Wholeheartedly recommended. Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, Detroit Inst. of Arts Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Museum buffs, art lovers, and travelers will find this handy state-by-state guide to US museums a useful resource. Within a minimum of space, the editors provide the salient facts to 1680 museums and galleries throughout the US. Maps of the state open each section (there are also five metropolitan maps), and each section is organized alphabetically by city. The address, telephone number, hours, entry fees, number of visitors annually, director's name, year established, ADA compliance, parking, facilities, activities, and publications are provided for each entry, followed by a brief description of the holdings. Some 780 b&w photos are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966714418
Publisher:
Friar's Lantern, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
898
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 10.16(h) x 1.95(d)

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David C. Levy
Art Across America will no doubt become the traveling art-lover's bible. I doubt that there is a resource like this available anywhere and it will make museums in American cities much more accessible to the interested visitor.
—President and Director, Corcoran Gallery of Art

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