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Evolution of Women in Art at the U.S. Capitol

By Michele Cohen, Ph.D.

An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol.

Close-up detail photo with Statue of Freedom during conservation in 1993.
Picture of Solidago Altissima outside in a field
October 21, 2013
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden, reflects on the beautiful goldenrod blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.More »
The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
September 24, 2013
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week, they focus on the elements in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.More »
September 16, 2013
An Architect of the Capitol employee at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her. More »
September 10, 2013
For those of us in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the site of the beautiful Capitol Dome set against bright blue skies on a cool morning will forever conjure feelings and memories of that horrible day. Thanks to the gallant act of a few brave souls, we are blessed to forever enjoy this icon to American ingenuity and democracy - their names can be found in the U.S. Capitol.More »
July 31, 2013
Parking in Washington, D.C., has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century? More »
July 23, 2013
Stephen T. Ayers, eleventh Architect of the Capitol, remembers one of the major players in the U.S. Capitol's history: Charles Bulfinch.More »
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland.More »
July 9, 2013
"We deal with a lot of history." Those aren't the words of the AOC's Curator office. It's Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s. More »
Statue of John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.
June 25, 2013
Visitors to the Capitol are often drawn to the "big ticket" items, but there are several other must-see items you should check out when visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
June 18, 2013
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. While today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, two centuries ago this wasn't the case.More »
June 17, 2013
A team of tradecrafts experts at the AOC transform an office into a completely wheelchair-accessible suite in less than four weeks.More »
June 10, 2013
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.More »
June 7, 2013
Meet the AOC's decorative painters at the Library of Congress who work to preserve the ornate designs of one of the world's most beautiful buildings.More »
Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
June 3, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.More »
Melvin Wells has applied what they learned at SOME to excel at AOC.
May 23, 2013
AOC's partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME) helps "empower people out of homelessness and poverty" with their Center for Employment Training.More »

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