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.



Seventh Biennial Wyeth Foundation for American Art Conference
October 17, 2014
10:30 am5:00 pm
West Building Lecture Hall

Andrew Wyeth in Context: Contemporary Art and Scholarship

Program (PDF 455KB)

Speakers: David Cateforis, The University of Kansas; Edwin R. Harvey, Miami University; Anne Classen Knutson, Atlanta; Leo G. Mazow, University of Arkansas; Abbie N. Sprague, Menlo Park, California; and James Welling, Princeton University.
Moderators: Wanda M. Corn, Stanford University (emerita), and Kathleen A. Foster, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Image: Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea, 1947, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Charles H. Morgan, © Andrew Wyeth



Forty-Fourth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 8, 2014

Illustrated lectures by graduate students in art history. Jointly sponsored by CASVA and the University of Maryland Department of Art History and Archaeology. Program (PDF 463KB)


Wyeth Lecture in American Art
November 20, 2013

Reversing American Art
Jennifer L. Roberts, Harvard University

Shaw Memorial

The Civil War in Art and Memory
November 8 – 9, 2013

The proceedings of the symposium "The Civil War in Art and Memory" will be published as an upcoming volume in the series Studies in the History of Art. Speaker and title list (PDF 152KB)

Image: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900 (detail). US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire

Contact Us

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

Mailing Address
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Landover, MD 20785

Upcoming Meetings

Andrew Wyeth in Context: Contemporary Art and Scholarship
October 17, 2014
10:30am to 5:00pm
West Building Lecture Hall

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