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Thaw Colloquium on Connoisseurship in the Division of Prints & Drawings

Division of Prints & Drawings
Thaw Colloquium on Connoisseurship
November 14–16, 2022

The Thaw Colloquium on Connoisseurship is a biennial program designed to encourage the close examination and scrupulous evaluation of the visual and material aspects of works of art on paper. Intended for curators and curatorial research fellows at the early stages of their professional careers, the Colloquium consists of a three-day seminar at the National Gallery of Art led by its curatorial staff, conservators, and guest experts. It focuses upon original works in the Gallery’s own collection, alternating between prints and drawings. The Colloquium is generously funded by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.

This year, the Thaw Colloquium will concern drawings as a medium: old master, nineteenth-century, and modern, as well as contemporary. The matters to be considered will include: determination of period and culture of origin; identification of materials, techniques, and process; intention and function; the question and assessment of aesthetic quality; approaches to problems of attribution; and interpretation of condition. Further discussion will involve how these matters affect curatorial responsibilities and decisions: evaluation of institutional holdings; priorities for research and treatment; subjects for interpretation and presentation; and strategies for acquisition.

Funding from the Thaw Trust will allow the National Gallery of Art to cover all the expenses of participants: travel to Washington (including international), accommodations, and daily expenses.

Requirements: Participants will have a demonstrated commitment to prints and drawings, including at least two years of curatorial experience in a department of works on paper and advanced academic study in art history concerning the graphic arts.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae by July 29, 2022, to:

Mollie Berger Salah
Curatorial Associate
Division of Prints and Drawings
National Gallery of Art

Applicants selected to participate will be notified of their acceptance to the 2022 Thaw Colloquium on Connoisseurship by August 19, 2022.

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