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American Art: The Stories We Carry

Oct 20 2022 – Ongoing

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

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SAM presents American Art: The Stories We Carry, a transformation of its American art galleries, created through an unprecedented collaboration among SAM curators and staff, artists, and advisors from the Seattle community. Funded primarily by a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project features work from SAM’s collection and new works and curation by contemporary artists, and it deepens the museum’s commitment to inclusive exhibition-planning practices with a shared-authorship model that reflects and responds to community knowledge.

Lead Funding

Major Support
Terra Foundation for American Art

Generous Support
Estate of Christian Hermann Heesemann

Architecture of return, escape (The British Museum), 2022, Nicholas Galanin, Native American (Tlingit/Unangax), born 1979, General Acquisition Fund, 2022.33, ©? Nicholas Galanin, photo: Scott Leen.

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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