ARTH-495The Cleveland Symposium is hosted each fall by the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program. It began in 1974 as the Ohio Area Student Symposium and included presentations by art history students from Ohio and the surrounding regions. Now in its 45th year, the Cleveland Symposium welcomes the participation of graduate students from all around the world.

This highly successful symposium, led entirely by students in the program and hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art, is one of the oldest graduate art history student symposia in the nation. It remains free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Nancy and Joseph Keithley, Friends of Art, the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities, and the Case Western Reserve University School of Graduate Studies.

The Department of Art History and Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art are pleased to announce the theme of the 45th annual graduate symposium: Visualizing Sound and Silence in Art and Architecture. The symposium will be an all-day event held on the 25th of October, 2019 in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Recital Hall. Topics will include sound and silence as power dynamics, music in art, acoustics in architecture, and sound installations. The keynote address will be presented by Professor Vincent Debiais of the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). Dr. Debiais’s most recent publication, Le silence dans l’art (2019), explores images and theology related to silence in medieval art.

Please direct all questions regarding this year’s symposium to Reed O’Mara and Rebecca Woodruff at Follow us on Facebook & Instagram.


For the current CFP, please click here.

For a list of previous symposia, please click here.