Since the invention of mechanical timekeeping in the 13th century, clocks and watches have appeared in fine art classics.   From Titian to Jamie Wyeth, from Brueghel to Hopper to Dali, artists have portrayed timekeepers in symbolic, metaphorical, allegorical and documentary roles. They never appear simply by accident.


The NAWCC, founded in 1943, currently has more than 12,000 members worldwide.  For more than 30 years, it has produced a yearly educational conference.   The 2017 symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on the “Horology in Art” theme, will feature more than nineteen art-historian speakers including prominent curators, professors and independent scholars.  The art experts will lecture on their areas of expertise, using projected images of relevant artworks, followed by clock and watch experts discussing the depicted timekeepers.


The programs begin on the late afternoon of October 26th, 2017, and will be presented at the Boston MFA’s Alfond Auditorium.  Three days of museum admissions are included with full registrations.  There will be a concluding dinner banquet at the prestigious Harvard Club of Boston.

From 2012, "Horology in Art" articles by Bob Frishman have appeared in every issue of Watch & Clock Bulletin, the NAWCC magazine.  Each one features an important artwork, and discusses the artist, style, context, and timekeeper.  All 32 may be viewed here.

Click here for details on the  "Clocks at Winterthur" 2016 NAWCC Symposium.

Symposium Chairman - Bob Frishman, bell-time@comcast.net, 978-475-5001

 We thank these generous sponsors and contributors:
NAWCC Greater Massachusetts Chapter 87
Maryhelen Jones
Rogers Turner Books, Anthony Turner
Jerry & Linda Thornsberry
Sponsorship opportunities still available,
please contact Symposium Chairman Bob Frishman.

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The Chelsea Clock Company also is offering a special tour of its factory early on Friday morning. Please click on the link at the top of this page for details . Tour group size is limited to the first ten symposium registrants to sign up.