MAHS Annual Conference

2017 Annual Conference

The Midwest Art History Society will hold its 44th annual conference in Cleveland from April 6–8, 2017, hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art & Case Western Reserve University. The final day will take place at Oberlin College in the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

2017 Conference Overview

The 2017 Annual Conference features a wide array of scholarly sessions in addition to a distinguished keynote panel on Raphael's School of Athens Cartoon, plus special gallery talks and receptions.

2017 Conference Overview Details

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society will be hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and Case Western Reserve University from April 6–8. Panels held during the first two days will take place at the museum. The final day of the conference will take place at Oberlin College in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Throughout the annual conference, CMA curators and Case Western professors will deliver short "flash talks" in the CMA galleries on highlights from the permanent collection. For this year’s Keynote Event on April 6, a distinguished keynote panel will speak on Raphael's School of Athens Cartoon (above right) currently undergoing restoration in Milan. The panel will include Don Alberto Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan; Dr. Maurizio Michelozzi, Paper Conservator, Florence, who is undertaking the restoration; and Dr. Carmen Bambach, Curator of Italian & Spanish Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Cleveland Museum of Art is known nationally and internationally for the quality and scope of its collection, which comprises some 45,000 objects and covers 6,000 years of art history. Founded in 1913, the CMA is today one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of the top five in the country.

In 2013, the museum completed a $320 million renovation and expansion project designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly. The project, which was funded by a successful capital campaign, included the complete restoration of the original 1916 building and 1971 Marcel Breuer addition, as well as the addition of two symmetrical wings on the east and west sides. Central to the design is the large, light-filled Ames Family Atrium, enclosed by an elegantly soaring roof. The CMA is now considered one of the most beautiful and impressive civic spaces in Northeast Ohio and its galleries are among the finest of any museum.

Click here for more details on the conference, including proposed sessions topics (please note that the deadline for Call for Papers was changed to December 31, 2016).

Hotel Accommodations

The conference hotel is the Westin Cleveland Downtown in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Special rates apply until March 15, 2017.

Hotel Accommodations Details

The conference hotel is the Westin Cleveland Downtown, located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, one block from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and steps from the newly renovated Public Square and the East 4th Street restaurant district (777 Saint Clair Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114, 216-771-7700). The hotel is holding 50 rooms at a conference rate of $149 per night, with a 20% discount on valet parking (normally $30 per night). Participants have until March 15, 2017 to book before the rooms will be made available to others and the conference rate will no longer apply. Shuttle service to and from the hotel will be available. Detailed information on shuttle service will be forthcoming on the MAHS conference website. Click here for conference hotel registration. Participants can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.