National Gallery of Art - CASVA

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Fellowship Opportunities | Professorships | Current Members of the Center

Fellowship Opportunities


Samuel H. Kress Professor

The National Gallery of Art and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts select annually a distinguished art historian as Samuel H. Kress Professor, a position created by the National Gallery, with the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, in 1965. In addition to pursuing independent research, the Kress Professor is the senior member of the Center and counsels predoctoral fellows.

Andrew W. Mellon Professor

The National Gallery of Art and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts select biennially a distinguished academic or museum professional as Andrew W. Mellon Professor, a position created in 1994. Scholars are chosen to serve two consecutive academic years and are free to pursue independent research.

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professorship was established in 2002 with support from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Safra Visiting Professors, selected by the National Gallery of Art and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, serve for terms of up to six months, forging connections between the research of the National Gallery's curatorial staff and that of visiting scholars at the Center. At the same time, Safra Professors advance their own research on subjects associated with the Gallery's permanent collection. They may also present seminars or curatorial lectures for graduate students and emerging scholars, including curators from other institutions.

Current Members of the Center

Samuel H. Kress Professor

Oskar Bätschmann
Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich

Andrew W. Mellon Professor

Lynne Cooke
New York City

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, spring 2013

Cecilia Frosinini
Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, Florence

Sixty-Second A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, spring 2013

Barry Bergdoll
Columbia University / The Museum of Modern Art

Senior Fellowship Program

Paul Mellon Senior Fellow

Louise M. Burkhart
University at Albany, State University of New York
Picturing Aztec Christianity: Testerian Manuscripts and the Catechism in Nahuatl

William C. Seitz Senior Fellow

Thierry de Duve
Université Lille 3 (emeritus)
Manet's Testament, Duchamp's Message, Broodthaers' Lesson

Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellows

Anne Dunlop
Tulane University
Castagno's Crime: Andrea del Castagno and Quattrocento Painting

Stuart Lingo
University of Washington, Seattle
Bronzino's Bodies: Fortunes of the Ideal Nude in an Age of Reform

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellows

Cynthia Hahn
Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the
City University of New York
Reliquaries: Objects, Action, Response

Carlos Sambricio (spring 2013)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
A History of the History of Spanish Architecture

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Curatorial Fellow

David Alan Brown
National Gallery of Art
Department of Italian Paintings
Giovanni Bellini's Last Works

Scholars in Residence, fall 2012

Martina Bagnoli
Walters Art Museum
The Five Senses and Medieval Art

Frank Martin
Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Freie Universität Berlin
Antique Portraits in the Dresden Sculpture Collection: Their Use and Reuse in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Visiting Senior Fellowship Program

Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellows, fall 2012

Caroline Maniaque-Benton
École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris-Malaquais
Alternative Architecture: A Documentary History

Mark Salber Phillips
Carleton University
History Painting and Historical Representation in Britain: From Benjamin West to Ford Madox Brown

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellows, fall 2012

Paul B. Jaskot
DePaul University
Cultural Fantasies, Ideological Goals, and Political Economic Realities: The Built Environment at Auschwitz

James Grantham Turner
University of California, Berkeley
Eros Visible: Sexuality, Art, and Antiquity in Italy, 1499–1540

Postdoctoral Fellows

Łukasz Stanek
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011–2013
Henri Lefebvre's "Vers une architecture de la jouissance" (1973): A Manifesto of Architectural Research

Stephen Hart Whiteman
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012–2014
Vocabularies of Culture: The Landscape of Multiethnic Emperorship in the Early Qing Dynasty (1661–1722)

Predoctoral Fellowship Program

Predoctoral Fellows
in residence

Susanna Berger
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2011–2013
[University of Cambridge]
The Art of Philosophy: Early Modern Illustrated Thesis Prints, Broadsides, and Student Notebooks

Meredith Gamer
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2010–2013
[Yale University]
Criminal and Martyr: Art and Religion in Britain's Early Modern Eighteenth Century

Marius Bratsberg Hauknes
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2011–2013
[Princeton University]
Imago, Figura, Scientia: The Image of the World in Thirteenth-Century Rome

Jessica L. Horton
Wyeth Fellow, 2011–2013
[University of Rochester]
Places to Stand: Native Art beyond the Nation

Nathaniel B. Jones
David E. Finley Fellow, 2010–2013
[Yale University]
Nobilibus pinacothecae sunt faciundae: The Inception of the Roman Fictive Picture Gallery

Fredo Rivera
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2011–2013
[Duke University]
Revolutionizing Modernities: Visualizing Utopia in 1960s Havana, Cuba

Yanfei Zhu
Ittleson Fellow, 2011–2013
[The Ohio State University]
Transtemporal and Cross-Border Alignment: The Rediscovery of Yimin Ink Painting in Modern China, 1900 –1949

Predoctoral Fellows
not in residence

Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen
David E. Finley Fellow, 2011–2014
[Princeton University]
"Canonical Views": The Disposition of Figures in Modern Art, 1886–1912

Hannah J. Friedman
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2012–2015
[The Johns Hopkins University]
Blind Virtue and the Practice of Prophecy in the Art of Jusepe de Ribera

Subhashini Kaligotla
Ittleson Fellow, 2012–2014
[Columbia University]
Shiva's Waterfront Temples: Reimagining the Sacred Architecture of India's Deccan Region

Kristopher W. Kersey
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2012–2014
[University of California, Berkeley]
Emperor Go-Shirakawa and the Image of Classical Japan

Jennifer Nelson
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2012–2013
[Yale University]
Image beyond Likeness: The Chimerism of Early Protestant Visuality, 1517–1565

Joshua O'Driscoll
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2011–2014
[Harvard University]
Picti Imaginativo: Image and Inscription in Ottonian Manuscripts from Cologne

Ann E. Patnaude
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2012–2013
[University of Chicago]
Locating Identity: Mixed Inscriptions in Archaic and Classical Greek Pottery and Stone, c. 675–336 bce

David Pullins
David E. Finley Fellow, 2012–2015
[Harvard University]
Cut and Paste: The Mobile Image from Watteau to Pillement

James M. Thomas
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2012–2014
[Stanford University]
The Aesthetics of Habitability: Edward Wortz, NASA, and the Art of Light and Space, 1969–1973

Susan M. Wager
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2012–2014
[Columbia University]
Boucher's Bijoux: Luxury Reproductions in the Age of Enlightenment

Elaine Y. Yau
Wyeth Fellow, 2012–2014
[University of California, Berkeley]
Vision, Painting, Placing: Sister Gertrude Morgan's Material Performances and the Sensory Cultures of New Orleans, 1960–1983

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad

Emily Clare Casey
[University of Delaware]

Alexander Brier Marr
[University of Rochester]

Whitney Thompson
[The Graduate Center, City University of New York]