2019 SUMMER RESEARCH GRANT SCHOLAR PROFILES
Ashley Boulden, PhD, Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia
Through her exploration of ornamental prints, Ashley aims to learn more about flexible boundaries of 18th-century French style. Following a year-long fellowship in France, she will visit key North American collections this summer in advance of further study abroad.
Grace Converse, PhD, Art History, University of Southern California
Grace’s dissertation examines the visual and material culture of Theosophy, a religious movement established in the United States during the late 19th century, and the furnishings designed for the Theosophical Society’s headquarters near San Diego, CA. She will develop case studies through archival research at the San Diego History Center and San Diego State University. Marie Zimmermann Grant
Christopher Grant, PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago
Christopher evaluates the role of craftsmanship in the politics of race and class within New Orleans’ community of Creoles of color. This summer he will conduct a comparative analysis with ceramic collections at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of South Alabama’s Archaeology Museum.
Vishal Khandelwal, PhD, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Vishal’s dissertation analyzes mid-20th-century industrial design in postcolonial India. His investigation connects the National Institute of Design in India with movements in North America and Europe. He will undertake the last leg of his research on textile design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Marie Zimmermann Grant
Bethany McGlyn, MA, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
Bethany examines the roles enslaved men and women played in Annapolis’ landscape of craft by studying the city’s artisans and their employment of enslaved labor. Spending time at various historic homes, private collections, and museums in Maryland, she will consult archival sources to document relevant objects and extant structures.
Rachel F. Pool, MA, History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Rachel is exploring the influence of foreign designs on Mid-Century Modern homes in Southern California through the interiors and furnishings of the iconic Case Study Houses, a program of experimental residential architecture in the 1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. This summer she will survey Case Study House #8, designed by Charles and Ray Eames with their eclectic collections in mind. DARTS Grant
Alison Maree Printz, PhD, Art History, Tyler School of Art at Temple University
Alison’s dissertation focuses on Modern and Contemporary Appalachian art and design. She will analyze the work of painter and printmaker Blanche Lazzell through collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in the West Virginia University Art Collection. Center for American Art Grant
Allison L.W. Robinson, PhD, History, University of Chicago
Allison endeavors to learn more about the interpretation of racial ideologies through the Works Progress Administration’s Index of American Design, particularly how the Index framed cultural history through dolls. This summer she will visit the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives, and the Archives of American Art to carry out further research on the Index.
Celia Rodriguez Tejuca, MA, History of Art and Architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Celia is investigating the influence and perceptions of East Asian cultures on 18th-century society in Puebla, Mexico. Celia will venture to Puebla this summer to inspect a cabinet in the collection of the Museum Jose Luis Bello y Gonzalez as well as archival research at the Archivos Generales de la Nacion in Mexico City.