Pen to Paper – Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

April 18, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Just as putting pen to paper to create a line in a drawing is an artistic act, so is writing a letter. Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, reveals the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing. From casually jotted notes to elaborately decorated epistles, Pen to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Ray Johnson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Motherwell, Maxfield Parrish, Edward Weston, and many others.


Organized by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

This exhibition at the Norton is made possible with support from The Mr. and Mrs. Hamish Maxwell Exhibition Endowment.