Ellie Richards Named Winterthur-Decorative Arts Trust Maker-Creator Fellow

May 22, 2020

The Decorative Arts Trust and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library are pleased to announce that Ellie Richards has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Winterthur-Decorative Arts Trust Maker-Creator Fellowship as part of Winterthur’s 2020-2021 Visiting Research Fellowship program. 

Ellie Richards

Ellie Richards

Richards is an artist, furniture-maker, and sculptor whose work engages with traditional decorative arts materials and forms. Her project “The Highboy’s Understory: Deconstructing the Icon” will examine Winterthur’s collection of high chests and other related forms. She plans to incorporate this research in a new line of work that responds to and reflects on the many stories embodied in furniture forms. 

Richards has held fellowships and has exhibited at prestigious institutions including the Center for Art in Wood, Penland School of Craft, and the Mint Museum

The Research Fellowship Program at Winterthur supports work by scholars and makers to research and draw inspiration from museum, library and garden collections and to share ideas in a robust fellowship community. Applications are accepted annually on January 15. 

The Decorative Arts Trust’s support of opportunities for emerging scholars is an important part of our mission to foster the appreciation and study of art, culture, and history. To read more about the Trust’s Emerging Scholars Program, visit our website, sign up for our e-newsletter, or see Facebook or Instagram.

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