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
A Conference
November 21, 2014
10:00 am3:30 pm
West Building Lecture Hall
(PDF 456KB)
Live stream

Presentations by Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University; Ivo van der Graaff, CASVA; Christian Huemer, Getty Research Institute; Paul B. Jaskot, DePaul University; James T. Tice, University of Oregon; Martyna Urbaniak, Scuola Normale Superiore.

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
(PDF 456KB)

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

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
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785

Upcoming Meetings

New Projects in Digital Art History
November 21, 2014
10:00am to 3:30 pm
West Building Lecture Hall
Live stream

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