Research Center

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Research in the Clyfford Still Museum Archives. Photo by Chris Schneider

Conceived for both the interested public and specialist scholars, the Clyfford Still Museum Research Center (CSMRC) encourages and supports humanities-based engagement with the Clyfford Still Museum Collections and its Archives.

Led by Dr. David Anfam, CSM Senior Consulting Curator, the Research Center facilitates research across disciplines, prepares and distributes scholarly publications, conducts symposia and a broad range of other public programs, and offers a competitive fellowship program. Applications are now being accepted for Senior and Junior Fellows.

Collaborations with other institutions, both in and outside of Colorado, are a key part of the Center’s mission. Scholars and fellows have opportunities to access other collections, including the holdings of the adjacent Denver Public Library (DPL) and the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Additionally, CSM has developed other institutional partners, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (both of which have extensive Still holdings and archives), the San Francisco Art Institute (where Still taught during the late 1940s), and the University of Denver.

Lastly, the CSMRC aims to uphold the intellectual breadth—ranging from an interest in music and philosophy to literature and history—that Clyfford Still himself maintained. With scholarly inquiries or for more information about the CSMRC, contact

Senior Fellows:

Allan Antliff, PhD
Department of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Victoria; Victoria, British Columbia
Clyfford Still and the relation of U.S. and U.K. artists to anarchism during the 1940s and 1950s

Junior Fellows:

Kimberly R. Roberts
Affiliate Professor, Art History, Theory & Criticism, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Clyfford Still’s relationship to photography and photographic history

CSMRC Advisory Board:

  • William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor Emeritus of Art History, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Edward Dimendberg, Professor, Department of Film & Media Studies, University of California at Irvine
  • Stephen Mansbach, Professor, University of Maryland
  • James O. Naremore, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of English & Film Studies, Department of Communication and Culture, University of Indiana at Bloomington
  • Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
  • John Yau, Art Historian, Poet, and Critic, regular columnist for

Symposium 2017 | Abstract Expressionism: Works on Paper

at Stony Brook Manhattan

  • David Acton, Milly and Fritz Kaeser curator of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame
  • William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak professor of art history emeritus, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Dr. David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum
  • Eileen Costello, editor/project director of the catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Jasper Johns at the Menil Foundation/Menil Drawing Institute
  • Charles Duncan, executive director of the Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation
  • Dr. Jennifer Field, Director of Exhibitions and Head of Research at Di Donna Galleries
  • Helen A. Harrison, the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
  • Robert Hobbs, Professor and Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in American Art, Virginia Commonwealth University

Symposium 2015 | Abstract Expressionism: Time, Intention, Conservation, and Meaning

at the Getty Center, Los Angeles

  • Dr. David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum
  • Nicholas Dorman, Chief Conservator, Seattle Art Museum
  • Brad Epley, Chief Conservator, the Menil Collection
  • Mary H. Gridley, Cranmer Art Group
  • Dr. Narayan Khandekar, Director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies; Director of the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, and Head of the Analytical Laboratory, Harvard Art Museums
  • Susan Lake, Conservator Emeritus, Smithsonian
  • Tom Learner, head of Getty Conservation Institute’s science department
  • Dr. Corina Rogge, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Menil Collection
  • Patricia Smithen, Smithen Contemporary Conservation
  • James Squires, Senior Conservator, Clyfford Still Museum
  • Carol Stringari, Deputy Director and Chief Conservator of the Guggenheim Foundation
  • Dr. Zahira Véliz-Bomford, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Symposium 2013 | Clyfford Still: The View From The 21st Century

The Center’s first program, “Clyfford Still: The View From The 21st Century,” in October 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York City, featured presentations from distinguished scholars with expertise surrounding the artist as well as a roundtable discussion with all participants.

  • Dore Ashton, author, art critic, and Professor of Art History, Cooper Union
  • Dr. Henry Adams, Professor of American Art, Case Western Reserve University
  • Dr. Richard Shiff, Professor of Art, Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art, and the director, Center for the Study of Modernism, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Kent Minturn, Director of MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (MODA), Columbia University
  • Carter Ratcliff, Contributing Editor at Art in America, author, and art critic
  • James Squires, Senior Conservator, Clyfford Still Museum
  • Dr. David Anfam, Senior Consulting Curator, Clyfford Still Museum