In support of scholarship, the museum organizes and co-hosts a variety of symposia and colloquia.
- Maloof Symposium: Furniture and the Future - September 16, 2016
- Livestream from Rome: Hybrid Republicanism: Italy and American Art, 1840-1918 - October 6-7, 2016
- The Course of Empire: American Fascination with Classical and Renaissance Italy, 1760-1970 - October 20-21, 2017
- Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History - October 16-17, 2015
- The Art of Memory and Mourning: A Symposium in Honor of Cynthia J. Mills - November 14, 2014
- The Craft Museum: Ideals and Practice - March 13, 2015
- American Art in Dialogue with Africa and its Diaspora - October 4-5, 2013
- Effects of the Civil War on American Art - November 16, 2012
- Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture - November 8-9, 2012
- Encuentros: Artistic Exchange between the U.S. and Latin America - October 5-6, 2011
- East-West Interchanges in American Art - October 1-2, 2009
- Words Matter! The 20th Anniversary of the Eldredge Prize - September 12, 2008
- American Art in a Global Context Symposium - September 29-30, 2006
- Augustus Saint-Gaudens Symposium - September 7, 2007
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