African American Artist Highlights - Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has established two comprehensive databases: the Inventory of American Paintings and the Inventory of American Sculpture. Together the Art Inventories provide information on over 400,000 artworks in public and private collections worldwide.


Search for works by selected African American Painters

Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901)

Robert S. Duncanson (1821/22-1872)

Joshua Johnson (ca. 1763-after 1826)

Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923)

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937)

Search for works by selected African American Sculptors

Richmond Barthe (1901-1989)

Selma Burke (1900-1995)

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012)

William Edmondson (1874-1951)

Melvin Edwards (1937- )

Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller (1877-1968)

Richard Hunt (1935- )

Sargent Johnson (1887-1967)

Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907)

Martin Puryear (1941- )

James W. Washington, Jr. (1909-2000)