The Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art is an annual scholarly symposium founded by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. It is co-sponsored by the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). Each year, the program includes a keynote address given by a noted art historian followed by scholarly papers presented by a graduate student representative from each of the 13 participating universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of Maryland, American University, The Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University, Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Delaware, and the University of Virginia.

Representatives from the UNC-CH Department of Art are selected by the graduate committee with advice of the faculty. In recent years, the following UNC- CH students have presented papers at the Middle Atlantic Symposium:

  • 2011 Katherine Arpen “Revisioning Diana: The Bathing Scenes of Jean-Baptiste Pater and Nicolas Lancret”
  • 2009 Molly Medakovich “Between Friends: Matriarchal Utopia and Female Intimacy in Marguerite Gerard’s L’Enfance de Paul et Virginie
  • 2007 Jessica Sponsler, “Dangerous Waters and Desolate Lands: The Girona Mappa Mundi
  • 2006 Gloria R. Hunt “The Foundation Deposit in the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: Near Eastern Building Traditions in Greece”
  • 2005 Lindsay Twa “Aaron Douglas’ Haiti: An Artistic Transition from Primitivism to Ethnography”
  • 2004 Evan Gatti, “Ecclesia and the Episcopacy: Liturgical Politics and the Portraiture of Sigebert of Minden”
  • 2003 Ann Driscoll, “Alberto, Spoleto, and 1187: The Umbrian Croce Dipinta as Reliquary”
  • 2002 Elizabeth Hudson, “Images of Queenship: The Art Patronage of Blanche of Castile”
  • 2001 Kimberly L. Dennis, “A Woman’s Public Voice: Urbanism in Counter-Reformation Rome”
  • 2000 Laura M. André, “Space Suits and Go-Go Boots: Fashioning the Strange Territories of the New Frontier”