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

Saturday, March 21, 2020 1 – 5 p.m.

For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art. This symposium features discussions about the impact of SAAM’s program on American art history and examines future directions in scholarship through presentations by distinguished alumni and a series of PechaKucha-style fast-paced talks.

10–11:30 a.m. Tours (Donors and Fellows only)
1–5 p.m. Symposium
5–6 p.m. Tours and Gallery Talks (Donors and Fellows only)
6–9 p.m. Reunion Dinner (Donors and Fellows only)

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required; beginning February 24, 2020.


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

Fellowship class of 1978. 

  • Renée Ater, visiting professor, Brown University
  • Layla Bermeo, The Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Kirsten Buick, professor, University of New Mexico
  • Wanda M. Corn, The Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita, Stanford University
  • Charles C. Eldredge, The Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas
  • Amelia Goerlitz, chair of academic programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Dimitrios Latsis, assistant professor, Ryerson University
  • Caroline Riley, research associate, University of California, Davis
  • Sascha Scott, associate professor, Syracuse University
  • Kirsten Swenson, associate professor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Tatsiana Zhurauliova, Terra Foundation Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Université Paris Nanterre and Université Paris Diderot


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.