Clark Lectures, offered by Clark Fellows, present recent research to members of the academic community. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. In addition, the Clark regularly offers public lectures on a variety of art-related subjects for general audiences.
During the academic year, Clark Lectures take place on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Refreshments are served at 5 pm.

Upcoming Lectures

Tuesday, February 18 – Caitlin R. Woolsey
Tuesday, February 25 – Natasha Eaton
Tuesday, March 3 – Julie A. Harris
Tuesday, March 17 – Lisa Lee


The Clark Conference has remained the intellectual cornerstone of academic programming. The past fourteen conferences have addressed a wide range of subjects—including photography, the anthropologies of art, the role of the art historian, and emerging methodologies in Asian art—while providing an international forum for the discussion raised by the study, presentation, and exploration of art. The conferences culminate in the publication of a volume in the ongoing series Clark Studies in the Visual Arts, published by the Clark Art Institute and distributed by Yale University Press. 

Upcoming Conference

April 2020

Conservation and the Making of Art History


Clark Conversations add an intimate dimension to scholarly life. In some conversations, Clark Fellows or short-term visiting scholars discuss their personal intellectual histories and commitments to the profession. In others, scholars debate current issues in art history without a prescribed script, before an informal audience.

Recent Conversations

Grand Challenges of Art History: Digital/Computational Methods and Social Art History

Upcoming Events

Scholarly Programs

Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18 – Conservation and the Making of Art History


The Clark sponsors colloquia—small, semi-private gatherings of researchers who wish to discuss topics of mutual interest, perhaps in preparation for a book. Colloquia focus on an array of themes spanning the history and historiography of art.


Clark Symposia offer scholars the opportunity to gather with other experts to discuss a topic, theme, or artist's work. Symposia bring together international panels for intense discussion and debate in a public forum.

Exhibition Concept Workshops

Exhibition Concept Workshops allow collaboration among curators who are at the very earliest stage of an exhibition’s development, when the ideas are still germinal. Such a gathering assists curators in deepening and refining the idea driving their exhibition.


In addition to its fellowship program, the Clark organizes and invites proposals for year-round scholarly programs, including Clark Conferences, Lectures, International Initiatives, Symposia, Conversations, Colloquia, Curatorial Roundtables, and Workshops, which focus on vital topics in the field. These enrich the intellectual life of the Clark and contribute to a broader understanding of the role of visual art in culture.

Upcoming Events

Propose an Event

We welcome proposals twice a year for symposia, colloquia, curatorial roundtables, and workshops. We particularly seek ideas for multidisciplinary events that bring to public notice innovative work and research.


All application materials submitted by April 1, 2019, will receive a decision by June 1. All application materials submitted by October 1, 2019, will receive a decision by December 1.