2020 Summer Research Grant Recipients

The Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce the 13 recipients of the annual Summer Research Grants.  Each year the Trust awards research grants to graduate students working on a Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation in a field related to the decorative arts. The Trust encourages projects that advance diversity in the study of American …

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Ellie Richards Named Winterthur-Decorative Arts Trust Maker-Creator Fellow

The Decorative Arts Trust and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library are pleased to announce that Ellie Richards has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Winterthur-Decorative Arts Trust Maker-Creator Fellowship as part of Winterthur’s 2020-2021 Visiting Research Fellowship program.  Richards is an artist, furniture-maker, and sculptor whose work engages with traditional decorative arts materials …

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Theosophical Art in Southern California

by Grace Converse With the support of a Marie Zimmermann Summer Research Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust, I visited several sites throughout Southern California for my dissertation on creative production in two Theosophical communities: Lomaland in San Diego, CA, and Krotona in Los Angeles and later in Ojai, CA. My doctoral research in Art …

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James H. Weaver, III Named to Trust Board of Governors

The Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to announce that James H. Weaver, III (Jim) of Pepper Pike, OH, has joined the Trust’s Board of Governors. “The Trust’s most important contribution is support of emerging scholars who may be future curators at institutions or museums of all sizes located throughout the United States,” Weaver shares. “Also, the Trust …

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The Furniture of Daniel Clay, 1795–1829

Daniel Sousa, Assistant Curator at Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA, was a Carolyn and Michael McNamara Young Scholar Lecturer at Colonial Williamsburg’s 72nd Annual Antiques Forum in February 2020, a series sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust. Sousa was the Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern at Historic Deerfield from 2017 to 2018 before he received …

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Falconet’s Sculpture in Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar

by Alicia Caticha My research on 18th-century French sculptor Étienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) traces the emulation, replication, and commercialization of his work in marble, porcelain, and sugar. With the support of a Decorative Arts Trust Summer Research Grant, I was able to study the materiality of these three media, reconciling and weaving together the physical properties …

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Travel Without Traveling: Books That Take You Away

While the Decorative Arts Trust’s travel plans are on hold for the spring, our members can still capture the adventure of journeying to new and exciting locations. Try picking up these captivating books to take you away to some of our favorite sites. With bookstores and libraries closed, consider an online order or obtaining audiobooks …

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