Author: Abigail Croll

Abigail Croll

Abigail Croll is a graphic designer, photo researcher and content manager for the Smithsonian’s Office of Advancement.

(ILLUSTRATION Evan Keeling)

Moments of Innovation

March 8th, 2021, 5:53PM
(IMAGE Deanna Luu)

Building the Smithsonian

March 8th, 2021, 5:45PM
(James Renwick Jr., Sketch of the north tower of the Smithsonian Castle, 1846. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Graphic treatment by Deanna Luu)

Our Foundation is Our Future

February 9th, 2021, 12:36PM
The Smithsonian came into being around the same time as the medium of photography (Graphic created by Deanna Luu)
Pandemic as Portal

The New Normal

November 30th, 2020, 8:10AM
In June 2020, a protest against racial injustice and police brutality made its way through the streets of Washington, D.C. Photographer Talia Hawley submitted this photo as part of the Anacostia Community Museum’s Moments of Resilience storytelling project. PHOTO Talia Hawley

Healing A Nation

November 23rd, 2020, 10:18AM
Crimilda in cap and gown, Courtesy of Western Michigan University Special Collections, Crimilda Pontes Graphic Arts Archive.

Crimilda Pontes: The Original Designer of the Smithsonian Sunburst

April 3rd, 2020, 11:57AM
left to right: Herrenhauser Embreea Orchid (Embreea herrenhusana). Smithsonian Gardens; Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Gwaneum bosal), Goryeo period, c. 1220–85. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, on loan from National Museum of Korea. 3D scanning data used to create this digital model generously provided by the National Museum of Korea.

Smithsonian Open Access: Unlocking Our Treasures

February 24th, 2020, 3:37PM
Smithsonian Education
Dr. Mae Jamison, 1992, NASA.

Because of Her Story

November 13th, 2019, 4:00PM
Darren Walker

Catalyst Darren Walker, A Leader for Social Justice

November 13th, 2019, 2:13PM
The Smithsonian Latino Center’s first gallery, the Molina Family Latino Gallery, will open at the National Museum of American History in 2021
IwamotoScott, Voussoir Cloud, SCIArc Gallery (Los Angeles, California, 2008). PHOTO Judson Terry.

In IwamotoScott Architecture's 2008 installation Voussoir Cloud, heavy wood blocks become translucent petals depending on the changing light of day. The firm won the 2019 National Design Award for Interior Design.

Design Minds

November 13th, 2019, 2:09PM
Thirteen “Because of Her Story” interns spent the summer uncovering stories of remarkable American women and learning museum practice. Pictured: Stella Hendricks, intern, National Portrait Gallery. (Michael Barnes)
Thirteen “Because of Her Story” interns spent the summer uncovering stories of remarkable American women and learning museum practice. Pictured: Stella Hendricks, intern, National Portrait Gallery. (Michael Barnes)
PhotoQuest/Getty Images

Women of Apollo

July 11th, 2019, 3:12PM
Firooz Zahedi, Ellen DeGeneres, 1997. Gift of Time magazine, National Portrait Gallery (NPG.99.TC23.1) ©Firooz Zahedi

LGBTQ Women Who Made History

June 26th, 2019, 2:10PM
(Dino Morrow Photography)
Effie Kapsalis is the Senior Digital Program Officer for the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative.
Participants at a 1971 whale biology conference. Sheila Minor is pictured in the second row, center left. Photo via @mycandacejean

Uncovering Hidden Stories

March 27th, 2019, 3:28PM
Ariana Curtis
Gail Anderson
Constance Stuart Larrabee (left) and friend photographing among Ndebele women, near Pretoria, South Africa, 1936. 

All photos used in this story are courtesy Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.