The Center for the Study of Modern Art serves as an interdisciplinary forum for scholarly discussion, research, and publication on issues of production, exhibition, conservation, and theory of modern and contemporary art. Scholars, including curators, faculty, and students of art and art history and related disciplines of the humanities and sciences, as well as leading contemporary artists animate our study and discussion of art.

The Center is located in the intimate setting of the Phillips family’s former Carriage House, in Hillyer Court behind the main building of The Phillips Collection.



Jefferson Pinder during a Creative Voices DC event

The Center hosts a wealth of public programs including Conversations with ArtistsDuncan Phillips Lectures, Creative Voices DC panels, and interdisciplinary symposia with distinguished speakers from around the world.


Phillips Book Prize covers

The Center offers postdoctoral fellowshipsacademic courses, and a biennial book prize.