American Art

Bentonville Public Library strives to support community interest by expanding our collection whenever possible.  With the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art right here in Bentonville, we want to extend the amazing Crystal Bridges experience to our patrons as much as we can!  Research your favorite artist or learn about artistic movements such as the Hudson River School.  Special thanks to our Friends of the Library for generously donating $2,500 toward BPL’s art collection. 

If you have questions or need assistance with our American Art resources, please contact BPL’s Reference Desk at 479-271-6815 or email   

Online Resources | Books | Magazines | Videos | Websites

 Featured Online Resources

    Art history at your fingertips. OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms. Art images and descriptions include paintings, photographs, prints and sculpture, plus architecture and more.
  • Academic Search Elite
    Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals, nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985. Search for articles on your favorite American artists, artistic movements and art criticism.

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General Themes

American Art

Colonial Era

American Indians


Luminism & Hudson River School

Eakins, Homer & Heade: Everyday Life after the Civil War

New Century


American Modernism

Post World War II

Pop and Minimalism

The New American Landscape




  • American Artist
    Combines ideas and inspiration with respected editorial, in-depth profiles and numerous informative columns.
  • American Style
    Lifestyle magazine featuring contemporary art and artists, galleries, collectors, and arts travel and tourism.
  • Art in America
    Art in America creates a fascinating picture of the ever-changing art scene both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Art & Antiques
    Offers the latest news in fine art and antiques. Regularly features gallery and contemporary art opening reviews, articles on the domestic and international market, antique values and features artists and their works.
  • Artist’s Magazine
    Artist’s Magazine gives artists ideas, inspiration and instruction.
  • ARTnews
    ARTnews reports on the art, personalities, issues, trends and events shaping the international art world.
  • Communication Arts
    Professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms illustrators, advertising agencies, photographers, students and everyone involved in visual communication.
  • Interior Design
    Interior Design offers the latest design trends and ideas, from contemporary architecture to green design.
  • Popular Photography
    Packed with great photos, how-to tips, lab tests of the latest equipment, and expert advice on getting the most out of every shot.
  • Smithsonian
    History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.
  • Watercolor
    Watercolor offers advice, instruction and inspiration to water media artists of all styles and subjects. The magazine profiles the artists and their techniques.


 Recommended Sites

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Our goal is to provide you with educational, entertaining and reliable information on the internet. All web content should be viewed with a discerning eye for accuracy, authorship and currency. Please note, by providing these web links for easy access, inclusion does not imply endorsement by Bentonville Library. 

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