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 2013 ‒ 2014 academic year, CASVA copublished volume 13 in the Malvasia project and produced the sixtieth and sixty-third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts as the first installments in CASVA's Mellon Lectures video podcast series. Members for the 2014 – 2015 academic year will include approximately 40 fellows from around the globe.

Contact Us

Telephone: (202) 842-6480
Fax: (202) 842-6733

Mailing Address
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Upcoming Lecture Series

The Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814 – 1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Live Stream

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Because of the East Building renovation, the Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts will be presented in the West Building Lecture Hall, which has a capacity of 159 people. The lectures will also be screened simultaneously in the West Building Project Room. To accommodate the considerable public interest, the lectures will be available for the first time via live stream on the Gallery website. To access the live stream, please visit

Additionally, on the Wednesday following each lecture, a screening of the lecture will be shown in the West Building Lecture Hall at noon.