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AMERICAN ART

The American art collection features masterworks of paintings and sculpture from Colonial portraiture through the modernist and abstract art of the first half of the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include fine Hudson River School landscapes as well as the Election Series of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. These works offer insight into the ways Americans of earlier times saw themselves and understood their nation as well as the world beyond.

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Curator

M. Melissa Wolfe joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as curator and head of the Department of American Art in January 2015.

She was previously the curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has worked for 14 years on a succession of important exhibitions, catalogues and collection development. Her projects George Bellows and the American Experience (2013), George Tooker: A Retrospective (2008) and In Monet's Garden: The Lure of Giverny (2007) were awarded significant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art. She also shepherded the noteworthy acquisition of the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930-1970, which includes 460 paintings and prints by noteworthy American artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Jared French, George Tooker and Joe Jones.

Melissa is currently working on the reinstallation of the American Art galleries, which will continue over the course of several years.
The American art collection features masterworks of paintings and sculpture from Colonial portraiture through the modernist and abstract art of the first half of the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include fine Hudson River School landscapes as well as the Election Series of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. These works offer insight into the ways Americans of earlier times saw themselves and understood their nation as well as the world beyond.

View our American Collection

Curator

M. Melissa Wolfe joined the Saint Louis Art Museum as curator and head of the Department of American Art in January 2015.

She was previously the curator of American art at the Columbus Museum of Art, where she has worked for 14 years on a succession of important exhibitions, catalogues and collection development. Her projects George Bellows and the American Experience (2013), George Tooker: A Retrospective (2008) and In Monet's Garden: The Lure of Giverny (2007) were awarded significant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art. She also shepherded the noteworthy acquisition of the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930-1970, which includes 460 paintings and prints by noteworthy American artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Jared French, George Tooker and Joe Jones.

Melissa is currently working on the reinstallation of the American Art galleries, which will continue over the course of several years.


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Related Programs

The City in American Art
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, October 24, 11:00 am
Friday, August 25, 6:00 pm

Join Angela Miller, Professor of art History and Archaeology, Washington Universtiy in St. Louis, for a lively and informative discussion.