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.



New Projects in Digital Art History Conference
November 21, 2014
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Image: Reconstruction of the Accademia, Venice, by Marco Pedron based on the research of Ludovica Galeazzo, from “Visualizing Venice,” project of Duke University, Università degli Studi di Padova, and Università Iuav di Venezia


Seventh Biennial Wyeth Foundation for American Art Conference

Andrew Wyeth in Context: Contemporary Art and Scholarship
October 17, 2014
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Image: Andrew Wyeth, Wind from the Sea (detail), 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

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

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