Picturing America

Massachusetts artwork

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Welcome to Mass Humanities’ Picturing America Exhibition Guide and Web Resource.

Picturing America is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association, that brings reproductions of 40 masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. *

Across Massachusetts, some 1287 schools and libraries have received these high quality sets, together with the request that they exhibit them in short order.

Mass Humanities has created a pre-planned exhibit of 9 sets of the images, each on a theme, which can be exhibited in turn. Each theme uses 8 or 9 images and is accompanied by a handout/brochure with reading suggestions and internet research references suitable for family audiences. The sum-total of the rotating exhibit informs the viewer/reader of major themes in American history and civic issues. Since NEH has also made the images available online, anyone with an internet connection can also use these brochures to look at the images and explore the themes. Access the brochures and exhibit information.

This resource is free and available to all. If you do create a public exhibit with these materials, please submit your exhibit dates and information to our events calendar. In addition, we will gratefully accept a report and/or visual reportage of the exhibit. If you have any questions, please contact Program Officer Pleun Bouricius.

*The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America Web Site features images of all the works, along with a Resource Book, discussion questions, explanations, looking guides and lesson plans.