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Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA)

CASVA, founded in 1979 and located in the National Gallery’s East Building, is a research institute that fosters study of the production, use, and cultural meaning of art, artifacts, architecture, urbanism, photography, and film worldwide from prehistoric times to the present. CASVA’s programs include fellowships, meetings, research, and publications. These are privately funded through endowments and grants to the National Gallery of Art. During the 2015 ‒ 2016 academic year, CASVA published The Civil War in Art and Memory and produced the sixty-fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts as audio and video presentations. Members for the 2016 – 2017 academic year include approximately 40 fellows from around the globe.