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Art across America : a comprehensive guide to American art museums and exhibition galleries
Russell, John J., 1945-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Monkton, Md. : Friar's Lantern, [2000]

Physical Description:
898 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
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N510 .A777 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Details 1,680 venues that enable the art lover to plan more efficient trips and discover hidden treasures in off-the-beaten-path venues.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This guide is designed to be a portable, readable, and useful source for planning excursions to the nearly 1,700 venues covered. The intent is to be as inclusive as possible. There are listings for noncommercial galleries as well as traditional art museums. Also listed are some specialized facilities, such as ethnic museums, historic houses, marine museums, and so on, if they have significant fine arts collections. Visitors to Chicago, to take one example, will find information on more than 20 museums and galleries, not only the Art Institute of Chicago but also the Du Sable Museum of African-American History, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and the State Street Bridge Gallery, located within one of the city's bridge houses. Arrangement is alphabetical by state, community, then institution. Entries give address, phone and fax numbers, Internet address, director, admission fee, attendance, year established, membership availability, ADA compliance, parking, hours of operation, facilities (library, food service, shop, etc.), activities, publications, and a descriptive paragraph about the museum's collection. There is no attempt to list temporary exhibits. A map of each state (and some cities) gives a rough idea of each museum's location. An index provides access by facility name. The editors have also compiled a state-by-state list of their picks among "less-visited (that is, with fewer than 50,000 reported visitors each year) but intriguing institutions." Although much smaller than the Official Museum Directory, this well-done guide would be a welcome addition to most reference and circulating collections as a source for locating art museums, especially those that are less well known and underappreciated but deserve greater attendance.

Library Journal Review

Unlike National Register Publishing's The Official Museum Directory, which includes aquariums, zoos, science museums, children's museums, and the like, this work focuses on art museums only, listing 1680 institutions nationwide by state and city. Intended to help the traveler make informed decisions on which places to visit, this straightforward guide is easy to read and has fairly large print (especially compared with the NRP directory). The coverage includes academic facilities, which were the subject of Russell and Spencer's earlier Art on Campus (Friar's Lantern, 2000), as well as corporate venues and nonprofit galleries such as the Lutheran Brotherhood Collection of Religious Art in Minneapolis and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Each entry offers such basics as address, telephone number, web site address (URL), hours, fees, parking, and accessibility, and there is a fully cross-referenced index as well. State maps show the locations of the various institutions, and small black-and-white illustrations of the museums themselves or an object they contain are scattered throughout the text. Featuring general-collection information, this handy, reasonably priced resource could be used in conjunction with the Art Now Gallery Guide, a magazine focusing mainly on special exhibitions and events. Wholeheartedly recommended. Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, Detroit Inst. of Arts (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Listing nearly 1,700 art locales across the US, this directory lives up to its claim of being comprehensive. Entries are up-to-date, contact information is plentiful, and descriptions are generally detailed; one noticeable flaw is the frequent absence of information regarding the size of the museum's collection. Entries are listed geographically, grouped by state. The index is precise, and cross-references are plentiful. For example, university museums are listed under both the parent institution's name and the museum name; Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art can be located via "Cornell," "Herbert," and "Johnson." Weighing in at 898 pages and three pounds, however, Art across America is not exactly portable and should be used as a reference, not a traveling companion. Having said that, this guide offers a more user-friendly format than its broader, more professional cousin, The Official Museum Directory (1971- ). T. Scime Amherst Museum

Table of Contents

Editors' Introductionp. 4
How to Use This Bookp. 5
Editors' Suggestionsp. 6
Museum and Gallery Descriptionsp. 8
Alabamap. 8
Alaskap. 16
Arizonap. 22
Arkansasp. 36
Californiap. 40
Coloradop. 118
Connecticutp. 130
Delawarep. 146
District of Columbiap. 150
Floridap. 168
Georgiap. 206
Guamp. 222
Hawaiip. 224
Idahop. 230
Illinoisp. 234
Indianap. 266
Iowap. 284
Kansasp. 298
Kentuckyp. 310
Louisianap. 322
Mainep. 334
Marylandp. 346
Massachusettsp. 360
Michiganp. 402
Minnesotap. 420
Mississippip. 432
Missourip. 438
Montanap. 452
Nebraskap. 460
Nevadap. 466
New Hampshirep. 470
New Jerseyp. 478
New Mexicop. 494
New Yorkp. 508
North Carolinap. 588
North Dakotap. 610
Ohiop. 614
Oklahomap. 638
Oregonp. 648
Pennsylvaniap. 660
Puerto Ricop. 704
Rhode Islandp. 708
South Carolinap. 714
South Dakotap. 726
Tennesseep. 734
Texasp. 748
Utahp. 786
Vermontp. 794
Virginiap. 802
Washingtonp. 824
West Virginiap. 842
Wisconsinp. 846
Wyomingp. 864
Indexp. 869