Four of the five annual Professional Training Program Scholarships offered by the Decorative Arts Trust have been awarded. These Continuing Education Scholarships make attendance at these highly-regarded opportunities possible for students and young professionals at critical junctures in their careers.
Emily C. Casey is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware, received the 2016 Summer School scholarship. An alumna of Smith College, Emily was a 2015-16 Terra Foundation pre-doctoral fellow in American art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Samuel J. Schiffer is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree with a major in history, and minors in art history and museum studies. In addition to his practical experience in the campus museum network, he interned at the Biggs Museum of American Art.
Joseph Litts is a rising senior at Clemson University. He is only the third-ever undergraduate admitted to MESDA’s intensive Summer Institute. He previously interned at the Henry Green Center for the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Noël Harris is a doctoral candidate in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to her Master of Arts in Public History from Texas State University-San Marcos, Noël is the former director of the French Legation Museum in Austin, Texas.
The fifth scholarship, for Winterthur Museum’s Winterthur Institute, a two-week decorative arts boot camp held in September, will be awarded in the coming weeks.The final deadline for applications is August 15.
In addition to these primary scholarships, the Trust is also underwriting special grants in 2016 for scholarships to a number of upcoming conferences, including for graduate students to attend Yale University’s Rhode Island Furniture Symposium, September 15-16, a young professional to participate in the Foundation for Appraisal Education’s seminar in Philadelphia, September 23-24, and conservation graduate students to attend the Architectural Paint Research Conference at Columbia University, March 15-17, 2017.