Conferences and Symposia




Rienzi’s Biennial Symposium CALL FOR PAPERS
“Hidden in Plain Sight: Meanings and Messages in Ceramics, 1650–1950”
Friday, September 21 to Saturday, September 22, 2018

Rienzi, the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts, begins the celebrations for its 20th anniversary as a public collection with a symposium featuring international emerging scholars. In “Hidden in Plain Sight: Meanings and Messages in Ceramics, 1650–1950,” scholars are asked to discuss objects made for rare or unlikely uses, display, or celebration. We ask participants to examine the use of ceramics as vehicles for concealed language regarding humor, courtship, diplomacy, learning, class and contemporary culture. 

Rienzi houses a significant collection of European paintings, sculpture, furniture, porcelain, and silver from the mid-17th through mid-19th centuries. Built in 1953 as a residence and opened to the public as a house museum in 1999, Rienzi evokes fine European houses of the 18thcentury with architecture reminiscent of the Italian Palladian style, surrounded by period European decorative arts and paintings. Rienzi is particularly rich in 18th-century European porcelains thanks to the collecting impulses of Harris and Carroll Masterson, its founding collectors. This scholarly exploration of ceramics honors their legacy and philanthropic spirit.


Master's and doctoral students as well as entry level and mid-career professionals are invited to submit a 400-word abstract outlining a 20-minute presentation, along with a CV, by July 15, 2018. Selected participants will be notified by August 1, 2018 and offered a $600 stipend for travel and lodging.  All presentations are given Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  The keynote lecture is held Friday evening followed by a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Possible themes of investigation may include, but are not limited to:

Social pastimes
Print culture
Secret societies

AAMG Students

Thanks to a generous grant from the Kress Foundation and conference sponsors, AAMG is pleased to provide ten (10) $500 student scholarships to attend the AAMG Annual Conference in Miami, FL. Interested undergraduate or graduate students should submit a letter of interest to Jill Hartz at by April 6, 2018.

The application letter should address:
1) Why the applicant wishes to attend.
2) What specifically the applicant wishes to gain from the conference.
3) How attendance will further the applicant’s career and/or educational goals.

In exchange for financial support, recipients agree to submit a 300 word editorial related to the conference by July 15, 2018 to

Jill Hartz
Conference Planning Committee, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries


Universities Art Association of Canada

The Universities Art Association of Canada hosts an annual internationally recognized conference with over 50 sessions that explore historical and contemporary art practice. Scholars from around the world are encouraged to participate. This year (2018) the conference is being held at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. For more information and the Call for Papers (deadline May 1, 2018) see:,ès.

L’Association d’art des universités du Canada organise un congrès annuel de réputation internationale comprenant plus de 50 séances qui explorent les pratiques artistiques historiques et contemporaines. Les chercheurs du monde entier sont encouragés à y participer. Cette année (2018), le congrès se tiendra à l’Université de Waterloo (Ontario). Pour en savoir plus et consulter l’appel de communications (date limite : 1er mai 2018), visitezès,

Fran Pauzé


360 Fairbrooke Crt

Arnprior, ON

K7S 0E6

613 622 5566


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Courtney N. Ryan, "Inhabitants Series." Photo courtesy of the artist. Winner of the 2018 Honorable Mention for the CAA Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Art.