Meet Sara Long

The Decorative Arts Trust welcomes Sara Long, the new Communications and Marketing Coordinator. Sara focuses on informing members of new programs and initiatives as well as expanding knowledge of the Trust throughout the world. She works on the magazine, website, and blog as well as social media, press, advertising, and other promotional projects to support …

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Introducing Kathy Drake

Kathy Drake recently joined the Trust as the new Membership Coordinator bringing over five years of experience working in the arts. A Philly native, Kathy returns to the area after having worked in New York City for the last two and a half years. During her time in NYC, Kathy was a Post Sale Manager …

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The Paxton Style: Neat and Substantially Good

When Trust participants encountered the furnishings for Paxton House in Berwickshire, Scotland, during this year’s “Celebrating Chippendale’s Tercentenary” excursion, the chaste neoclassical pieces seemed a far cry from the gilt, japanned, and inlaid splendor we associated with Thomas Chippendale’s style during our explorations in Yorkshire. In fact, a handful of Chippendale’s most important patrons hailed …

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Meet the Trust: Nick Vincent

While the Trust’s staff members are the most familiar faces leading symposia, tours, and study trips, a great deal of our event planning is facilitated by the Programming Committee of the Board of Governors. This past month, the Committee welcomed a new chair, Nick Vincent, who joined the Board in January. Nick’s involvement with the …

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Curatorial Interns Update: Dan Sousa and Elisabeth Mallin

The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Interns Dan Sousa (Historic Deerfield) and Elisabeth Mallin (Maryland Historical Society) are well into their tenures, and their hard work has produced phenomenal results thus far. Participants in our one-day symposium in partnership with Historic Deerfield gained a glimpse into Dan’s projects as the Peggy N. Gerry-Anne K. Groves Curatorial …

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The Trust’s Summer Reading: “Never Caught”

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar pieces together the story of Ona Judge, a slave owned by Martha Washington who escaped into freedom in 1796, during the final year of Washington’s presidency in Philadelphia. Selected as the 2018 summer reading book for the Decorative Arts Trust, the publication creates a narrative through the material objects …

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A New Chapter for Drayton Hall

Opened this past May, Drayton Hall’s brand new Sally Reahard Visitor Center is the organization’s most visible recent effort to open up the site to visitors. Incorporating the first purpose-built dedicated gallery and exhibit space, easier access to the house and grounds, and active incorporation of the property’s ongoing archaeological excavations, the visitor center brings …

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Introducing Kate Hughes

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has awarded Katherine ‘Kate’ Hughes the 2018-2020 Decorative Arts Trust Internship, American Wing Curatorial Research Scholarship. An alumna of The College of William and Mary and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Kate is a current Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Intern with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and has previously held positions …

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