Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900). "Our Banner in the Sky" (detail), 1861.

Americana art isn’t just about patriotic flags and prints of Uncle Sam. It is a unique slice of the American experience. The term is used to categorize many different images that reflect the charm and nostalgia of America’s past. It evokes a sense of patriotism and reflects the history, traditions, folklore, artifacts and culture of the United States.

Well known are the paintings and illustrations of rural life and street life, farms and factories, workers and families by artists such as Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper and Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma”  Moses.

Though many artworks can be labeled Americana, its most original form is traditional folk art. Many paintings were executed by self-taught artists who would paint family portraits, scenes of the rural landscape, or still-life paintings of everyday utilitarian ware.

This collection includes an array of current exhibitions, sculptures and paintings that span back to the 19th century. Subjects range from U.S. presidents and the Civil War to Hudson River landscapes and birds of America—a mix as diverse as America itself.

Watch the special NYC-ARTS Presidents Day episode for more.


American Identities: A New Look

This major installation of more than 350 objects from the Brooklyn Museum's premier collection of American art integrates a vast ...

American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe

"American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the 20th ...

Augustus Saint-Gaudens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns some 50 sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907), the American Beaux-Arts sculptor who worked in ...

Great Hall of Van Rensselaer Manor House

This entrance hall from the Van Rensselaer manor house outside of Albany, New York, was one of the grandest domestic ...

Keeping the Revolution Alive: The John Ward Dunsmore Collection

Painter John Ward Dunsmore, known for his faithful and realistic depictions of the battles of the Revolutionary War, is the ...

Tiffany: The Glass

Taking a close look at the patterns, textures and colors of glass used by the Tiffany Studios overseen by Louis ...

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Emanuel Leutze's depiction of Washington's attack on the Hessians at Trenton on December 25, 1776, was a great success in ...