Celebrate the American Artist in August

Are you looking for ways to distract yourself from your summer routine or end-of-summer blahs? Then start by making your favorite cool beverage and celebrate American Artist Appreciation Month. August is the month when American artists are honored throughout the US, allowing us the time to show our gratitude for their work that inspires, informs and questions the world we live in.

From early Native American art, American history painting, and the first art movement with the Hudson River School of landscape painters like George Inness, to the American Southwest, the Harlem Renaissance, Abstract Expressionism, Bay Area Figurative movement, California Impressionism, and on to the contemporary art of today.

You can participate by doing one or all of the following:

  1. Sign-up for a free or low-cost museum pass to a local museum with “DISCOVER AND GO.”
  2. Stream a movie, documentary or The Great Courses about your favorite American artist or art movement with KANOPY.
  3. Read an art magazine in the library or on your computer using PressReader e-magazine and newspapers.
  4. Borrow a book or DVD from your local library by searching the Catalog. Or use the inclusive list below to get started. 


George Inness and the Visionary Landscape

Making History

American Painting

Of Arms and Artists

The American Art Book

50 American Artists You Should Know

Black Artists in America

Crafting Modernism

California Impressionists

Nick Cave

Native American Art

Georgia O'Keeffe

Modern Women

Dr. Seuss : the Cat Behind the Hat

Norman Rockwell

America After the Fall

Asian/American/modern Art

Bay Area Figurative Art, 1950-1965

Our America

American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries

Edward Hopper

Art in America, 1945-1970

Black American Portraits

Signs From the Heart

The Gilded Age

Andy Warhol Portraits

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1960-1988

Art in California

Abstract Expressionists

Domestic Scenes

Street Art

Andrew Wyeth

California Landscapes

Ninth Street Women


Masterworks of American Art

Drawing the Line

Mary Cassatt

Norman Rockwell