EMERGING SCHOLARS LECTURES

The Decorative Arts Trust underwrites a variety of lectures by young scholars at its own symposia as well as outside conferences:

  • At each Trust symposium, a speaker is recognized as the Sweeney lecturer, an endowed presentation named in honor of the late longtime Trust Governor and Winterthur curator John A. H. Sweeney.
  • At one symposium per year, a speaker or panel is recognized as the Zimmermann lecturer(s), an endowed opportunity named in honor of the talented early-20th-century designer and craftswoman Marie Zimmermann.
  • During Colonial Williamsburg’s annual Antiques Forum, the Trust sponsors a panel of young scholar presentations based on recent research on the decorative arts.

2016

  • Fall 2016 Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecture
    ‘Wel Don’ Chests and Pine Boxes: The Material Culture of Shenandoah County, 1800-1850
    Sarah Thomas, PhD Candidate, Department of History, College of William & Mary
  • Spring 2016 Zimmermann Emerging Scholars Lectures
    Presentations by recent MESDA Summer Institute alumnae

    • Family Matters: The Rope and Tassel Inlay School
      Amber Clawson, Director, Historical Association of Catawba County
    • Sacred or Secular: The Life of a Mahogany Stretcher Table in Charleston
      April Strader-Bullin, Director of Museum Programs, MESDA
    • “Inferior to None in the Western Country”: Early Stoneware Pottery Traditions in Maysville, Kentucky
      Brenda Hornsby Heindl, Ceramics Department Head, Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
  • Spring 2016 Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecture
    Much of Artistic Merit Still to Discover: MESDA’s Next Fifty Years
    Daniel Ackermann, Associate Curator, MESDA
  • Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, Decorative Arts Trust Young Scholars Lectures
    • From Dining Room to Auction Block: The Mysteries of Governor Al(l)ston’s Sideboard
      Laura Conte, Visitor Services Coordinator, O. Winston Link Museum
    • “Don’t Cry for Me, America”: A Charleston Silk on Silk Embroidery with Watercolor
      Mark Farnsworth, Director, Historic Bethania
    • The Smiths: A Case Study of Family Portraiture in the Early Republic
      Katie McKinney, Sotheby’s Auctions, Department of American Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Folk Art

2015

  • Fall 2015 Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecture
    Parlor Games: Decorative Arts and the McLellan House, 1801-2015
    Diana Jocelyn Greenwold, Curatorial Fellow, Portland Museum of Art
  • Fall 2015 Zimmermann Emerging Scholar Lecture
    Tiffany Ecclesiastical Works in the Summer Churches of Maine
    Josh Probert, Independent Historical Consultant, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Spring 2015 Sweeney Emerging Scholar Lecture
    The Noble Splendor of the Armeria de Dos Aquas: A Spanish Renaissance Armory at the Art Institute of Chicago
    Jonathan Tavares, Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Medieval to Modern European Painting & Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, Decorative Arts Trust Young Scholars Lectures
    • Smoothing the Transition: The Life and Planes of William Little
      Nathan Jones, Masters Candidate, History, Texas State University
    • “That Penetrating and sidelong Gaze”: Revealing Identity and Place in Alexander Bradford’s Portrait of James Batterton
      Catherine Carlisle, Assistant Cataloguer, Charlton Hall Auctions
    • Fit for a President: The Material World of William Dallam
      Grant Quertermous, Assistant Curator, James Madison’s Montpelier

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