The Center for the Study of Modern Art was founded in 2006 to enhance the experience and interpretation of art and culture. It serves as an interdisciplinary forum for scholarly discussion, research, and publication on issues of modern and contemporary art, music, museum studies, conservation science, societal wellness, and cultural diplomacy. 

The Center is located in the informal 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.