During the academic year CASVA organizes scholarly meetings that range in size and duration from multiday gatherings with audiences to individual lectures and closed roundtable discussions. Meetings are held primarily at the National Gallery of Art and occasionally at other institutions, both in this country and abroad. Subjects include themes related to the history of the visual arts of any period and geographic location and to all media.

The program of special meetings includes symposia, conferences, colloquies, seminars, study days, and incontri. Symposia and conferences are multiday presentations of formal papers with audience participation. Colloquies (usually focused on objects in the Gallery's collection), seminars (thematic), study days (special exhibitions), and incontri (informal talks by visiting scholars) are small gatherings in which scholars in related fields are invited to participate. Symposia are published as volumes in the series Studies in the History of Art; some seminars are published in CASVA’s Seminar Papers series.

The program of regular meetings includes shoptalks and colloquia presented by fellows and professors in residence.

The lecture program includes two named lecture series: the Gallery’s annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts and the biennial Wyeth Lecture in American Art. Other occasional lectures occur during the academic year. CASVA also cosponsors, with the University of Maryland, the annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art, presenting graduate student research.



The Sixty-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts

The Forest: America in the 1830s
Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University
March–April 2017 




The Sixty-Fifth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2016

The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes from South India, c. 855‒1280
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University

Watch or listen online.


Forty-Sixth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art

March 4‒5, 2016

Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 451 KB)


Scholars Day

February 8, 2016

Meeting with ten junior chairs of the Beijing 34th World Congress of Art History, September 2016

Co-organizers: Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art, National Committee for the History of Art, College Art Association


The Study of World Art in Washington, DC

College Art Association Conference Session
February 5, 2016

Organized by CASVA


Wyeth Lecture in American Art

The Art of the Name: Soldiers, Graves, and Monuments in the Aftermath of the Civil War
Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh
October 21, 2015
Program (PDF 463 KB)

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For additional information on past symposia, colloquia, seminars, and lectures, refer to the Center Reports.