A Half Century of Fellowship: Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium

Save the Date: Friday, October 9, 2020, 1–6:30 P.M.

A photograph of seven people standing on stairs outside the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The museum's 1978 class of fellows with Lois Marie Fink, curator of research, at center.

Join us for a symposium to discuss the impact of SAAM's preeminent fellowship program on American art history and examine future directions in scholarship. The event, originally planned for March 21, was canceled as a public health precaution. Staff are working on an updated schedule and registration information.

For fifty years, SAAM has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. This online symposium will look back at the program’s history and the Smithsonian figures key to its formation and development. Presentations by distinguished alumni and a series of PechuKucha-style fast-paced talks will also explore the impact of SAAM’s program on the field of American art history and examine promising future directions in scholarship through the work of recent fellows.

The program is free and open to the public.

  • Registration (coming soon)
  • Symposium Program (coming soon)
  • Speakers’ Bios (coming soon)


  • Layla Bermeo, Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Class of ’16)
  • Kirsten Buick, professor, University of New Mexico (Class of ’95)
  • Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita, Stanford University (Classes of ’79 and ’87)
  • Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas (Class of ’79)
  • Amelia Goerlitz, chair of academic programs and acting co-chief of the Research and Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Dimitrios Latsis, assistant professor, Ryerson University (Class of ’14)
  • Caroline Riley, Judith B. and Burton P. Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Class of ’20)
  • Sascha Scott, associate professor, Syracuse University (Class of ’07)
  • Kirsten Swenson, associate professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Class of ’05)
  • Michelle Joan Wilkinson, museum curator (Architecture and Design), National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution (Class of ’03)
  • Tatsiana Zhurauliova, Terra Foundation Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris Diderot (Class of ’12)

Questions? Email SAAMSymposium@si.edu or call (202) 633-8363.


This program is made possible through the generous support of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research. 

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A logo for the 50th anniversary of the fellowship program at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in blue, red, and black.