Academic Courses

Center for Art and Knowledge

The Center for Art and Knowledge offers courses in art history, museum studies, and modern and contemporary art theory and practice. Courses are offered every fall and spring and are in collaboration with regional universities. To enroll in our joint course offerings with the University of Maryland, visit



In collaboration with University of Maryland


The Window and the Screen: Space and Surface in Modern Art
Friday, January 27–May 5
1–3:30 pm

Instructor: Max Rosenberg, Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art History

Addresses the uncertain position of pictorial depth and material surface in modern and contemporary art since 1945. It will focus primarily on abstract painting, Pop art, photorealist painting and experimental film, video and computer art from the fifties, sixties, and seventies.

In collaboration with University of Maryland

Contemporary Arts Purchasing Program
Friday, January 27–May 5
4-6 pm

Instructor: Cecilia Wichmann, PhD Student, Contemporary Art and Theory

The University of Maryland College Park Stamp Student Union has developed a Contemporary Arts Purchasing Program (CAPP) whose mission is to educate and inspire by exposing the campus community to thought-provoking art created by noted contemporary artists. Now in its tenth year, the program provides a student committee the opportunity to interact with the art world by researching, discussing, and purchasing artwork by emerging and established contemporary artists. CAPP operates on a biannual basis. Students of diverse majors are selected to participate through a competitive application process. Together they embark on a rigorous research and training program, including extensive visits to galleries and artists’ studios in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC.

In collaboration with University of Maryland


Art History in the Museum World
Monday–Thursday, January 3–January 25
9 am–12:30 pm

Instructor: Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Lecturer, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Theory

Introduces students to various facets of museum work and provide guidance concerning the possible ways in which an academic degree in art history can be used for diverse career paths in the museum environment. In addition to meeting at The Phillips College, students visit other museums in the Washington D.C. area for meetings with different professionals. Rather than traditional lectures, class meetings are envisioned as active discussions on specific topics. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to the following: curatorial work, management and preservation of collections, design and installation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, fundraising, and outreach and educational programs that promote a more meaningful relationship between museums and their audiences.

In collaboration with University of Maryland


Art in Modern East Asia 

Wednesdays, January 13–April 20, 2016
–3:30 pm 

Instructor: Chinghsin Wu, The Phillips Collection–George Washington University Postdoctoral Fellow 2015–2016

This course introduces several crucial transformations and developments in the art and visual cultures of Modern East Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. The first part of the course will examine the emerging concept of "Art" in East Asia and the related art systems that were established in the wake of successive encounters with Western culture or modern trends. We will focus on several avant-garde art movements that echoed but also distinguished themselves from parallel movements in Europe, including Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. The second part of the course focuses on several key trends in the visual culture of modern East Asia, including the reevaluation and innovation of traditional painting techniques, the utilization of Western art media to revisualize historical events and national identities, the emergence of new female images in modern Asia, and development of imperial, colonial, and aboriginal art. 

In collaboration with George Washington University