JRA Support to the Renwick


Renwick Contributions
For over thirty years the Alliance has helped the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum build the nation’s premier collection of contemporary craft art. We have:

  • Provided over $3 million to support Renwick Gallery acquisitions, exhibitions, public programs, publications and fellowships
  • Raised $500,000 toward the Renwick Gallery renovation.
  • Funded the James Renwick Fellowship in American Craft for 30+ scholars
  • Contributed over 183 objects to the permanent collection through member’s donations and by providing funds for the acquisitions of major pieces by notable craft artists.

Click Learn More to see a list of the artists and their work.

James Renwick Fellowship in Craft
The James Renwick Alliance supports scholarly research in contemporary American craft.  From 1988 to 2016, the Alliance has contributed to the support of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery fellowship program by funding over thirty James Renwick Fellowships in American Craft. These fellowships are residential and support full-time independent and dissertation research in art and visual culture of the United States.