Providing a Future for Students of the Past

Providing a Future for Students of the Past

Providing a Future for Students of the Past

Providing a Future for Students of the Past

Providing a Future for Students of the Past

Providing a Future for Students of the Past

The Trust’s continuing education scholarships are an essential component to passing the torch to the curators of the 21st century.

Robert A. Leath

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

A Campaign for the Emerging Scholars Program

The Decorative Arts Trust is a leading advocate for improving the educational resources available to the rising generation of curators and art historians. The Trust’s Board of Governors has announced a $2.0M capital campaign to endow the organization’s grant funding efforts through the Emerging Scholars Program. Providing a Future for Students of the Past is intended to preserve these essential opportunities for students, young professionals, and institutions dedicated to the arts and historic preservation.

Employment opportunities and professional development programs are limited resources for those seeking careers in the museum field. Through the generous support of our community of members and friends, the Trust is committed to assisting aspiring curators, scholars, and preservationists with meaningful experiences that further their academic and occupational goals. This objective has been central to the Trust’s mission since our inception, and our contributions were recognized in 2019 with the Eric M. Wunsch Award for leadership in the arts.

Each year upwards of 50 graduate students and young professionals benefit from our continuing education scholarships, research grants, and curatorial internships. The Trust is eager to see that number continue in perpetuity. Our grant and scholarship recipients represent the future of the field. We are proud to sponsor them and delight in the impact of their contributions to the decorative arts community!

Donors to the Campaign:

Donors as of September 30, 2019:

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Mr. & Mrs. Charles T. Akre, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Donald B. Ayres, III
Ms. Laura Beach
Ms. Mary Dutton Boehm
The Booth-Bricker Fund
Mrs. Lucinda A. Brockway
The Richard T. Button Foundation, Inc.
Mrs. Carol Borchert Cadou
Nancy and Colin Campbell
Mrs. Tara Cederholm
Mr. & Mrs. C. Lynch Christian
Ms. Sarah D. Coffin & Mr. Thomas E. O’Connor
The MaryLouise Coolidge Charitable Gift Fund
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia/MOTSTA Fund
Mr. J. Hornor Davis, IV
The Decorative Arts Society of Orange County
Ms. Martha Lyn Dippell & Mr. Daniel L. Korengold
Ms. Kathleen M. Drake
The Ebert Charitable Foundation, Inc.
ExxonMobil Foundation
Mrs. Dean F. Failey
Nonie Gadsden
The Dudley and Constance P. Godfrey Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Kristina M. Gray
Dr. & Mrs. James J. Hardy
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph O. Harvard, III
Mrs. Sarah S. Horton
The Howell Fund
Ms. Margize L. Howell
Dr. Christine J. Huber & Dr. Joel C. Huber
Ms. Nancy A. Iliff
The Imperial Charitable Trust
Mr. & Mrs. Brock W. Jobe
Roger and Alexandra Kirtley
The Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Robert A. Leath
Lisa Sue Lee
Janet and Keith Lindgren
Mr. Jonathan B. Loring
The Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Charitable Trust
Mr. Hampton S. Lynch, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Forbes Maner
The John and Carolyn Maness Family Foundation
Ms. Carolyn C. “Lyn” Maness
The William C. and Susan S. Mariner Private Foundation, Inc.
The May Charitable Fund
Ms. Johanna McBrien
Mike and Carolyn McNamara
Mr. & Mrs. Clifford G. Mumm
Mrs. Jane C. Nylander & Mr. Richard C. Nylander
Mrs. Elizabeth H. Owens
Mr. & Mrs. Roger B. Palley
Mr. & Mrs. Gray S. Parker
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Coleman Perkins
Ms. Elizabeth Pochoda
Ms. Margaret Beck Pritchard
Ms. Mary E. Raines
Mrs. Helen Scott Reed
Mr. Christian T. Roden
Mr. J. Thomas Savage, Jr.
Randy and Kelly Schrimsher
Ms. Susan Sloan
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Smith
Mr. Joseph Peter Spang
Ms. Susan R. Stein
Mrs. Susan Sutter
Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Thurlow
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew A. Thurlow
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Tonneson
Mr. Nicholas C. Vincent
The Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust
Mr. & Mrs. James Harvey Weaver, III
The C.K. Williams Family Foundation
Ms. Karen Buchwald Wright
Wunsch Americana Foundation
The Marie and John Zimmermann Fund

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