The Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium
The Petrie Institute offers annual scholarly symposia that relate directly to either the department’s exhibitions or other major topics in western American art. The 11th Annual Petrie Institute of Western American Art Symposium Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film was held on January 4, 2017.
Biannual Symposium on American Indian Art
Every other year the native arts department hosts a symposium on topics related to American Indian art. Through this event the scholarly dialog on American Indian art is advanced. The upcoming symposium In Dialog: Fritz Scholder and the Art World was held on January 7, 2016.
Mayer Center Symposium
Mayer Center symposia are held annually, alternating between pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art topics. Murals of the Americas will be held on November 2-4, 2017.
This year's Mayer Center Symposium brings together an international group of scholars to discuss new approaches to understanding the function and meaning of both ancient and modern murals as well as their enduring legacy. More