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.



Forty-Sixth Annual Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art
March 5, 2016

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





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)


The Sixty-Fourth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 2015

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Restoration as Event and Idea: Art in Europe, 1814‒1820
Thomas Crow, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

March 15
Moscow Burns/The Pope Comes Home, 1812‒1814: David, Gros, and Ingres Test Empire’s Facade
March 22
At the Service of Kings, Madrid and Paris, 1814: Aging Goya and Upstart Géricault Face Their Restorations
March 29
Cut Loose, 1815‒1817: Napoleon Returns, David Crosses Borders, and Géricault Wanders Outcast Rome
April 12
The Religion of Ancient Art from London to Paris to Rome, 1815‒1819: Canova and Lawrence Replenish Papal Splendor
April 19
The Laboratory of Brussels, 1816‒1819: The Apprentice Navez and the Master David Redraw the Language of Art
April 26
Redemption in Rome and Paris, 1818‒1820: Ingres Revives the Chivalric while Géricault Recovers the Dispossessed

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