Dewey Lee Curtis Symposium Scholarships

Curtis scholarships enable graduate students and young professionals in a field related to the decorative arts to attend the Decorative Arts Trust’s biannual symposia. The Trust supports at least two scholarships for each symposium. Named in memory of the late Dewey Lee Curtis, a decorative arts historian and founding father of the Trust, scholarships cover the full cost of symposium registration, lodging, and a modest travel stipend.

The deadline for applications is six weeks prior to the beginning of the symposium. See our calendar of events for upcoming programs. Submit application online (will open in a new browser window).

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients
  • Albany:
    • Kelsey Brow, Curator, King Manor Museum
    • Rebecca Migdal, Independent Museum Consultant
  • New Orleans:
    • Elisabeth Mallin, Decorative Arts Trust Associate Curator, Maryland Historical Society
    • Daniel Chamberlin, Curatorial Assistant/ Historical Interpreter, Telfair Museums
    • Christopher Grant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago, Anthropology
  • An Agreeable Prospect: Rediscovering Drayton Hall in the 18th-Century Atlantic World:
    • Nicole Blackwood, PhD, Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art
    • David Scott Merrifield, MA, History, James Madison University
2017 Recipients
  • Savannah:
    • Leah Lane, Mellon Foundation Curatorial Intern, Colonial Williamsburg
    • Maureen Marton, Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
  • Hartford:
    • Daniel Sousa, The Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern, Historic Deerfield Inc.
    • Laura Cunningham, MS, Library Information Science, Simmons College
    • Elizabeth Muir, MA, Curatorial Studies and Decorative Arts, Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    • Sybil Johnson, MA, Decorative Arts and Design History, Bard Graduate Center

Helen Scott Reed Study Trip Abroad Scholarships

The Trust offers scholarships for young professionals and graduate students to attend our Study Trips Abroad. If one of our upcoming destinations is pertinent to your current research, please contact us to inquire if scholarships are available for the program.

2019 Recipient

  • Loire Valley:
    • Olivier Hurstel, Curatorial Fellow of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2018 Recipients
  • Chippendale:
    • Alyce Perry Englund, Assistant Curator, American Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Adam Erby, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Scandinavia:
    • Trevor Brandt, Curator, American Swedish Museum
    • Diane Ehrenpreis, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Monticello
    • Kara McKeever, Genealogy Center Manager, Museum of Danish America
2017 Recipients
  • Scotland:
    • Lilly Higgins, PhD, Art History, Yale University
    • Renee Pelletier, BA, History and Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College
  • Venice and the Veneto:
    • Elizabeth Simmons, PhD, Art History, University of Delaware
    • Patricia Lowe Smith, Curator of Historic Architectural Resources, Drayton Hall

Professional Training Program Scholarships

The Trust provides annual continuing study grants to the following programs to underwrite a scholarship for graduate students and young professionals pursuing a career in the decorative arts. These scholarships are awarded through our respective partner organizations. Interested parties should contact them directly for additional information about the programs and scholarship opportunities.


2019 Recipients

  • Attingham Summer School: 
    • Rosalie Hooper, Curatorial Assistant, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation, Annual Meeting: 
    • Tatiana Shannon, Conservator, Excelsior Art Services
  • Foundation for Appraisal Education: 
    • Valerie Voinis, Appraiser, Houston Estate Sales
  • Historic Deerfield, Summer Fellowship Program: 
    • Jennifer L. Lien, BA candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Historic New England, Program in New England Studies:
    • Brittany E. Luberda, Research Assistant, Saint Louis Museum of Art
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Summer Institute: 
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum:
2018 Recipients
  • Attingham Summer School:
    • Shoshana Resnikoff, Curator, The Wolfsonian at Florida International University
  • Foundation for Appraisal Education:
    • Cathy L. Wright, Independent Art Appraiser and Consultant
  • Historic Deerfield, Summer Fellowship Program:
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Summer Institute:
    • Christopher M. Grant, PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • Winterthur Museum, Winterthur Institute:
    • Courtney Taylor, Curator, LSU Museum of Art
  • Victorian Society of America, Newport Study Program:
    • Victor Badami, MA, Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design
2017 Recipients
  • Attingham Summer School:
    • Lydia Blackmore, Decorative Arts Curator, The Historic New Orleans Collection
    • Eloise Owens, Curatorial Assistant, The Frick Collection
  • Foundation for Appraisal Education:
    • Megan Gandalfo, Appraiser, Pall Mall Art Advisors 
  • Historic Deerfield, Summer Fellowship Program:
    • Catherine Cyr, BA, American History, Bowdoin College
  • Program in New England Studies:
    • Steven McNeil, PhD, Art History, Queen’s University
  • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Summer Institute:
    • Katie McKinney, Americana Foundation Intern, Colonial Williamsburg
  • Winterthur Museum, Winterthur Institute:
    • Amanda Breen, Assistant Curator, Smith Banke Museum
  • Victorian Society of America, Chicago Study Program:
    • Emily Banas, Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design, Rhode Island School of Design Museum


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