The mission of the Decorative Arts Trust, a non-profit organization, is to promote and foster the appreciation and study of the decorative arts. We achieve our mission through:

  • The exchange of information through domestic and international programming;
  • Collaborations and partnerships with museums and preservation organizations; and
  • Underwriting internships, research grants, and scholarships for graduate students and young professionals.

Our members live throughout the country, have diverse interests, and enjoy a compelling list of benefits.

To support our mission, the Trust offers:


Executive Director
Matthew A. Thurlow

Programming & Communications Coordinator
Christian T. Roden

Membership Coordinator
Kristina Gray

Art Director
Veronica Miller, Veronica Miller & Associates

Web Designer
Julee Gooding

Ian Kauffman, CPA

Kari Ghezarian

Officers and Governors of the Board

Officers of the Board

Charles T. Akre, Jr., President
Hume, VA

Carol Borchert Cadou, Vice President
Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, VA

James J. Hardy, Treasurer
Charlotte, NC

Christine Mumm, Secretary
Sperryville, VA

Jonathan L. Fairbanks, Honorary Chairman
Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, MA

Randall A. Schrimsher, President Emeritus
Huntsville, AL

Governors of the Board

Lucinda A. Brockway
The Trustees of Reservations
Beverly, MA

Melanie F. Christian
Lynchburg, VA

Martha L. Dippell
Chevy Chase, MD

Eleanore P. Gadsden
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA

Ralph O. Harvard, III,
New York, NY

Sarah S. Horton
Charleston, SC

Margize L. Howell
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
New York, NY

Nancy A. Iliff
Lexington, KY

Brock W. Jobe
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE

Peter M. Kenny
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
New York, NY

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Robert A. Leath
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
Winston-Salem, NC

Johanna McBrien
Antiques and Fine Art
Watertown, MA

Jane C. Nylander,
Portsmouth, NH

Bruce Coleman Perkins,
Chevy Chase, MD

Elizabeth Pochoda
The Magazine Antiques
New York, NY

Margaret B. Pritchard
Colonial Williamsburg
Williamsburg, VA

Mary E. Raines
Savannah, GA

Helen Scott Reed
Manakin-Sabot, VA

J. Thomas Savage, Jr.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE

Susan R. Stein
Charlottesville, VA

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