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

Friday, October 9, 2020, 1–5:30 P.M.

Celebrate fifty years of advancement, discovery, and scholarship in the field of art history through the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s preeminent fellowship program. Join us for a virtual symposium that chronicles the development and impact of the oldest and largest fellowship program in the world for American art. Enjoy learning about new research by distinguished former fellows and listen to a series of PechuKucha-style fast-paced talks that highlight efforts to expand the field in the age of Black Lives Matter, decolonization, climate change, globalization, and digital scholarship.

Symposium Webcast


  • 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.

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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.