Scholarly symposia are presented annually on the topics of pre-Columbian or Spanish Colonial art; western American art; and biannually on American Indian art.
Mayer Center Symposium
Materiality: Making Spanish America will bring together an international group of scholars to explore topics central to the formation and evolution of materiality in the Spanish Americas.
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 Petrie Institute of Western American Art is pleased to announce its 13th annual symposium, Familiar Images: Icons of International Frontiers, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.Learn More
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 most recent symposium, In Dialog: Fritz Scholder and the Art World, was held on January 7, 2016.
Images: Virgin Embroidering with Saints Anne & Joaquim (detail). Bolivia, 18th century. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Belinda Straight; 1983.598. William Herbert Dunton, The Open Range, 1914. Oil on canvas; 26 x 39 in. The Roath Collection at the Denver Art Museum, 2013.94. Gallery view of Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980. Teotihuacan wall mural fragment (detail). Mexico, AD 650–750. Lime plaster and polychrome paint, 29¾ x 37 in. Denver Art Museum, Department acquisition funds; 1965.202.
This year’s symposium will focus on the art of countries who share frontier histories with the American West, including Australia, South America and Canada. More